Godzilla II: King of the Monsters (PG13)
Starring Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown
Directed by Michael Dougherty
The third chapter in Legendary Pictures’ ‘MonsterVerse’ — after 2014’s Godzilla and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island — sees the titular radiation-powered titan back in action, battling more titans, levelling more skyscrapers.
The resulting smackdowns are akin to a heavy metal spectacle. Except? The best (or rather, better) parts aren’t the earwax-melting music or the dazzling light show, but the on-stage banter between the songs.
The ‘banter’ in the movie — the technical mumbo-jumbo, tension-relieving quips, and endless debates on whether the Big G is on Team Humanity or Team Apocalypse — are a welcome respite from the dimly-lit, frenetically-edited on-screen mass destruction. (Maybe the rumble is more watchable if viewed through night-vision goggles?)
But some of the dialogue is really risible. It pains me to see Zhang Ziyi — who alongside Ken Watanabe are the only Asians in a film of Japanese origins — saddled with the thankless role of Dr Ilene Chen whose main job is to say things of the ‘repeat info on the computer screen’ variety. Let’s hope she has more meaty lines in next year’s Godzilla vs Kong. (**1/2)
Photo: Warner Bros Pictures