Godzilla: King of The Monsters (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Godzilla: King of The Monsters (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Godzilla: King of The Monsters isn’t terrible.  It’s also just not that great.  I almost wish this had been a terrible Asylum style offering because at least that would have been entertaining.  Sadly Godzilla only manages being rather boring and average.  It’s muddy CGI monster fights muddy CGI monster (mostly in darkness) with little coherent plot or characters to care about.  Which is why I think this film would have been WAY better if they had thrown a few men in rubber suits and set them against each other WWE style.  At least then it would have been fun and held my attention longer than it did (by hour two I was starting to drift off). The cast deserve better, especially the talented Millie Bobby Brown who spends most of her time slack jawed or wide-eyed and the films odd habit of rolling out a ‘Oh it’s them’ actor cameo just gets distracting by the end (Joe Morton, David Strathairn and even the criminally underused Sally Hawkins).  So overall it’s not as good as Gareth Edward’s 2014’s Godzilla and both pail into compression with the original Japanese Godzilla films.

Best Bit: I guess the monsters doing stuff

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Godzilla (2014), Monsters, Kong: Skull Island 

 


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Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters Part 1 – A Quick Capsule Review

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters Part 1 – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I’m not a massive Anime fan. Or Godzilla fan. Or even of Kaiju films for that matter.  But Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters Part 1 looked interesting – a sci-fi take with a returning crew facing an evolved monster on an abandoned planet Earth. It’s sad then that Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters Part 1 did little to engage me with this genre.  Visually I found it a bit dull with an animation style that didn’t really engage me, the story also struggled to get started ending on a predictable cliffhanger that did little to make me want to return.   It’s not terrible but I just wanted so much more.

Best Bit: The final assault 

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Godzilla (2014), Pacific Rim, Godzilla (1998)

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Author: Phil Hobden

Kong Skull Island – A Quick Capsule Review

Kong Skull Island – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Kong Skull Island is a damn fun film.  It’s not going to trouble the Oscars (Okay MAYBE it’s Effects. Maybe) but I’ve had much worse times at the cinema and even found myself smiling on more than one occasion.  From Jackson’s Colonel Kurtz, to Hiddleston’s audition for Bond to the camp script, OTT monster vs monster smackdowns and stupid plans it ticks all the boxes you want from a Summer blockbuster and for once it’s lack of Michale Bay style editing means most of what happens can be seen and enjoyed.  So taken for what it is, I highly recommend Kong as a good way to spend time in the cinema.

Best Bit: Kongpocalypse Now

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Godzilla (2014), King Kong (2005), Jurassic World

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Godzilla (2014)- A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Godzilla (2014)- A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Gareth Edwards’s second film as a director sees him once again dealing with ‘monsters’ but this time he dares to tread where many more experienced directors have failed and take on the might of Godzilla.  And you know what?  For the most part he pulls it off.  What Edwards does best is to strike the right balance between the ample destruction and the people.  Where as Zack Snider’s destruction porn is all about falling building, Edwards makes it about the characters.  Where as Michael Bay reveals in explosions, Edwards reveals in human drama.  This doesn’t mean that the film doesn’t have it’s wham! Bam! moments – it does and in spades – but they mean something. So the story isn’t perfect and the film uses the ‘hint’ reveal a few too many times, but Godzilla does so much right that you can forgive it a few small issues.

Best Bit: Monster Smack down.

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Pacific Rim, Jurassic Park, Monster

Author: Phil Hobden