Why Godzilla: King of the Monsters is an instant classic

Godzilla in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Godzilla in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. /

After an impressive 35 films in the Godzilla franchise, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is possibly the strongest display of what the epic film series can achieve with a perfect cinematic adventure.

Over the course of 65 years, Godzilla has become an icon, delivering the most recognizable monster in the history of film. Having been universally well-received, Hollywood joined Japan and contributed to the film series in 2014 and the sequel of five years later, Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The film brings some of Toho’s most established creatures such as Mothra, Ghidorah and Rodan to the big screen, with a clash so insanely epic, it can only be perceived as the most ambitious and memorable creature-feature of all time.

With the Godzilla sequel’s success and grand improvements from the 2014 film, there are plenty of components that contribute to the overall victories of Godzilla: KotM. The first reason worth loving this new original Godzilla story:

The most action-packed Godzilla film ever. 

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Godzilla is obviously a franchise that thrives in action, often pitting monster against monster in battles with potential to demolish cities. The old films have gone as far as utilizing real actors in costumes (quite well) but this newest installment embraces the astonishing developments in computer-generated animation.

Not only does the film include an unprecedented amount of creature carnage, but the CGI prospects create opportunities we could have never expected. Bringing four previous characters creates mass amounts of pressure from hardcore fans, however, the film was crafted with such well thought out sequences and evolved characters that it pulled no punches all the way through. In fact, there are so many gripping fight scenes that even the extensive action based trailers only scratch the surface of what you can expect.

The focus is where it truly matters: The monsters.

General audiences are falling in love with Godzilla, while some critics have stated the human storyline leaves them desiring more. The reality is, Godzilla isn’t a story about humans. Sure, Godzilla’s compassion for the human race is key but it isn’t the reason we love him to begin with. Seeing Godzilla fight for his title, to protect his world and even for the one he loved (I’m looking at you Mothra!) was enough to drive this film as a true reptilian king narrative.

For the first time in so long, the film embraced these titans as the powerful characters they are and spotlighting it only aided the triumphs it delivered. There could be an entire Godzilla film without any human dialogue, and if he’s written as he has been before, it could tell more than scripts with copious amounts of dialogue.

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It respects the past and ushers in the future.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is filled with Easter eggs for longtime franchise fans and more are being discovered every day. Not only does it feel like Christmas Day for enlisting three pivotal Godzilla characters, but it does so in a way the shows off the potential for more. They use source material and familiar faces to revitalize characters we’ve known for decades, but there’s a subtle focus on individualistic qualities that make each stand-alone worthy.

Godzilla: KotM sets up the Godzilla universe better than the first film or Kong: Skull Island and gives us a hint at the inner-workings of the Titan’s struggle for power. Whether it’s Mothra’s almost romantic relationship with Godzilla or the King’s longstanding rivalry with the three-headed fan-favorite Ghidorah, the film introduces impressive amounts of details and history to work with in future Godzilla franchise films.

It lives up to the title. 

The most important aspect of the power from Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the King himself. Godzilla is often known as the character to beat for obvious reasons, but the film does a phenomenal job of continuing his development. Godzilla feels more human than most of the characters we’ve seen in previous movies, using this film to fight for what he believes in.

As his world is threatened, he takes on foes without hesitation, faces near death and even shows trust to human allies as well as Mothra. He isn’t simply a beast who acts on impulse, but a gracious god with the ability to intervene against only the largest of threats brought on the world.

Godzilla undergoes drastic highs and lows in the film, taking viewers on a sometimes emotional, brutal and suspenseful journey that undoubtedly proves he is the one and only king. Other characters may have their own draws, but Godzilla is a character that could carry a franchise for another 65 years and this film is evidence that he remains an important cinematic staple.

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters is in theatres now, so check out the film and see everything you could ever hope to see from a Godzilla movie!