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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) accomplishes what's generally expected these days from a mega-CG-monster flick: it's visually spectacular with plenty of cataclysmic battles. The script is thin and preposterously complex at the same time, with moments of melodrama washed down immediately by chasers of overly overblown action sequences. This is the thirty-fifth Godzilla movie and the third to come out of Hollywood. It features Mothra (Queen of the Monsters), Rodan, King Ghidorah (Monster Zero), and of course Godzilla. King Kong makes an appearance in a cave painting. (Has he popped up in other Godzilla movies?) There are other behemoths (or "titans") too in lesser roles. No matter, Godzilla is the toast of the town, with radiating scutes and spikes and blue lightsaber breath. Also good to see two Asians in key roles in an American movie, Ken Watanabe and Zhang Ziyi—not just the obligatory lone Asian actor, typically Japanese in the 80s and 90s, and since then either Japanese or Chinese but occasionally South Korean or "other." Kyle Chandler is fun to watch because of his natural, constant WTF-expression. The perfect Sunday evening movie requiring little to no brain power.


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