The Dove Take:
Though the plot and characters feel canned, this film is everything Godzilla was meant to be: loud, violent, and thrilling.
The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
Taking the unexpected form of an environmental action flick, Godzilla: King of the Monsters throws everything but the kitchen sink at the screen, wildly entertaining some while giving others headaches. The film’s plot is simple: humans have a history of messing up the earth. The Titans exist to restore balance to the earth. Why not set them free and solve the problem once and for all? That is exactly what Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) does with the help of a violent crew led by Jonah Alan (Charles Dance) who has no regard for human life whatsoever. On the other hand, Monarch (the secret agency) seems to value all living things, including the monsters locked away in remote corners of the globe. As Godzilla enters the scene, things really get intense. Not only do monolithic beasts clash, so do differing opinions on morality and the value of life.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is aesthetically impressive but is hindered with a lackluster plot and dialogue that play second fiddle to thrilling battle scenes. That said, diehard Godzilla fans will love this movie. It is loud, violent, dryly humorous, and chock-full of monsters. As cities are ripped apart and monsters’ heads are ripped off, Godzilla proves once again that he is indeed the King of Monsters.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is not Dove Approved due to high amounts of violence and language.