Kaijus are rampaging across home theaters this week as Warner Brothers’ Godzilla: King of the Monsters debuts on blu-ray and DVD.
Despite being packed with an all-star cast including Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Ken Watanabe, Bradley Whitford, Ziyi Zhang, Aisha Hinds, and Charles Dance, all you want to see is the legendary Gojira (Godzilla to North Americans) is take on Ghidorah or any other gigantic monster who gets in his way.
The visual effects extravaganza is guaranteed to rock your sound system, and put your television through its paces, and it’s a popcorn film of the highest caliber.
The human cast, despite the star power, are pretty basic, and not very layered, one could argue that none of the characters are original, and are more just there to push what little plot there is along. Yes, Micheal Doughtery is obviously a Godzilla fan, but his human characters are simply cardboard cutouts that move from set piece to set piece.
But that’s okay. Honestly, who goes to see a Godzilla movie for the human element?
The character of Gojira has been around since the 50s, and there have been countless incarnations of him since then, but Warner Brothers is trying to do something new, tying it into their Kong series and creating the Monsterverse – and that, to me, is pretty damned cool.
But really, I simply love seeing the big guy stomping around, kicking butt.
The film expands on the characters mythology, letting us discover more about Gojira, Rodan, Mothra, all of them, there is a lot going on in terms of world building for the monsters (not so much the humans, but the monsters get a lot of background if you pay attention).
It’s a fun ride. The plot is a but silly, while also trying to make the motivations of the bad guys understandable if not justified. But that’s all set-up for the destruction that Ghidorah delivers to the planet, and maybe, just maybe, Godzilla will be able to save us. But you know there’s going to be a lot of collateral damage throughout (though if you watch the credits and post credit scene, you see that they actually benefit the world – they bring balance).
Settle in, watch this one with a big bag of popcorn and just enjoy the rampaging destruction. Honestly, this is a movie that just wants to be enjoyed – giant monsters wrecking human creations while battling to protect or destroy us… it’s just so much damned fun!
The extras are pretty solid, there are profiles on a lot of the monsters featured in the film, and it becomes very apparent that Doughtery who not only directed the film, but wrote it as well, really does know his Gojira, and is probably a superfan. It’s cool to see him slip in little nods to the original films, as well as the more recent incarnations, and seeing it all play out against a fantastically rendered battleground.
We also get to see how the monsters were updated for the 21st century, a commentary track, theatrical trailers, a look at the blossoming Monsterverse. This disc is packed with special features which makes it all the more of a must to Gojira fans.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters comes home today from Warner Brothers. Pick one up, and then settle in for the wait for Godzilla vs. Kong (gonna be amazing!!)!