Godzilla: King of the Monsters
- Direction: Michael Dougherty
- Actors: Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler
- Rating: 1.5 / 5
It’s been 65 years since this massive beast first stomped into cinemas in a Z-grade Japanese creature feature, and Godzilla (or Gojira) remains one of the genre’s most enduring icons. He smashes, he hatches, he’s open to subtle subtext. This time around, though, even the smashing doesn’t work.
A sequel to the 2014 blockbuster Godzilla, …King of the Monsters fails in almost every respect. The plot is flimsy — Godzilla collides with three other outsized titans to determine the fate of the planet. The movements of the behemoths are monitored by Monarch, a scientific research organisation whose members include an estranged couple (Vera Farmiga–Kyle Chandler) and their teenage daughter (plucky newcomer Millie Bobby Brown). An eco-terrorist (Charles Dance) is also on hand to ensure the success of a sinister scheme involving these prehistoric predators.