‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’: Crowning Achievement Or Monstrous Misfire?

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In the past 60 years, Godzilla has appeared in more films than Spiderman, James Bond, and Samuel L. Jackson (OK, maybe not the last one). In search of their own empire-building franchise, Warner Bros. has once again dredged up our favorite sea monster from the depths to try and get some of that loose post-Marvel money.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a sequel to 2014’s meditative (for a Kaiju movie) Godzilla and exists in the same “Kaiju universe” as the fun but frivolous Kong: Skull Island. Michael Dougherty, the co-writer and director of “King of the Monsters,” obviously did his Japanese B-movie homework, paying homage to Toho’s classic style while also modernizing the CGI-monsters for a modern summer movie audience. But is that enough to warrant a third film with the inevitable showdown between Godzilla and King Kong? Let’s take a look. 

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