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Godzilla II King Of The Monsters
哥吉拉II怪兽之王

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Opening Date
30 May 2019
Rating
PG13 Some Intense Sequences
激烈惊险画面
Runtime
132 mins
Language
English - subtitles to be advised
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Director
Michael Dougherty
Cast
Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Sally Hawkins, Bradley Whitford, Charles Dance
Synopsis
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed Ghidorah.  When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
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By Flora  30 May 2019
An overload of titans in the sequel that packs in too many monsters that it overlooks its human counterparts. 
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Godzilla II King of the Monsters is the third film in the Legendary’s MonsterVerse, which - is a given - ultimately portrays Godzilla as the deserving king of the kaijus. Next March, we will see the sequel where Godzilla face off with King Kong for the reign.

The Godzilla formula has been done repeatedly for many years - from suit performers to heavily CGI creatures - and each year, the film tries to top its predecessors be it by adding fresh battle spectacles or improving its look of the monsters. In Godzilla II King of the Monsters, the titans are awakened from limbo, collectively causing destruction around the world in a massive assemble of the monsters. 

Vera Farmiga stars as Dr. Emma Russell, a scientist that lost her son in Godzilla’s rampage across San Fransisco last time around. She developed a device called ORCA with her ex-husband, Mark (Kyle Chandler) that allows them to communicate with the kaiju through sonar frequencies, and through that, is able to establish dominance over these monsters to control their actions. When she and her daughter Madison (Millie Bobby Brown) were kidnapped by a group of people who label themselves as ecoterrorists, Dr. Emma awoke the beast, King Ghidorah, a 3-headed dragon titan and archenemy of Godzilla. Chaos ensues as beasts that were guarded by a scientific organisation known as Monarch, have escaped their dungeon to wreak havoc on earth. Meanwhile, Mark, who is recruited by Monarch, assists the team in stopping the mass destruction.

It’s not hard to quickly associate these titans as the villains since they are, after all, destroying humankind with every step they take. As to portraying Godzilla as the only hope in saving Earth, director Michael Dougherty bridges that well by establishing at the start that humans were there not to end its life, but rather tracking it for research purposes. Like most of the fictional monster-human relationship, there are the ‘eye contact’ moments where ‘they communicate with their eyes’. In this movie, it is Dr. Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) who steps up to have that intimate moment with the big guy, and even a forced scene where he gets really close to Godzilla.

The monsters are meticulously detailed, to the point that you are able to see the textures of their scales or fur, or even the webs they spew out. Not forgetting the number of these monsters that appear in the movie. While they do look great, the anticipation for the ultimate battle may disappoint. There is simply an overload of repetitive carnage of monsters tumbling and firing coloured beams at one another. 

There is a lot of attention given to these titans that the human characters seem to be neglected. Firstly, the family drama doesn’t really sit well in the bigger picture of what led to the destruction, as well as the supporting characters in Monarch that deliver awkward and cliche one-liners. While it is great to see the courage of a teenager trying to save the day, which Brown did a fantastic job there, it isn’t enough to drive the narrative to a heightened point that balances its payoff at the end of it.
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