Monday, June 17, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 15
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A DOG’S JOURNEY
ALADDIN
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: FAERIE TALE THEATRE
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: Green Porno
BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL
BINGEABLE: STREET FOOD
BLAST FROM THE PAST: GODSPELL
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BOOKSMART
CAPTAIN MARVEL
DARK PHOENIX
EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE
GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3—PARABELLUM
MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL
ROCKETMAN
SHAFT
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
UNDERRATED: THE COLOR OF FRIENDSHIP

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS

PHOTO BY COURTESY OF WARNER BROS.

GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS


Where is it playing?: Movies Lompoc, Parks Plaza

What's it rated?: PG-13

What's it worth?: $Stream It (Glen Starkey)

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Monarch, a cryptozoological agency, tries to deal with the emergence of monsters—Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah—who are battling for supremacy on Earth. The sequel to 2014’s Godzilla is co-written and directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus, Trick ’r Treat).

If all you want out of a movie is some awesome CGI Kaiju battles, King of the Monsters might do the trick, but all the “story” surrounding said battles is a mess. Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) is a paleobiologist working for Monarch. She and her daughter, Madison (Millie Bobby Brown), witness the birth of Mothra and are promptly kidnapped by eco-terrorists led by Col. Alan Jonah (Charles Dance).

In a page torn from every wannabe blockbuster ever written, Monarch and doctors Ishir Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) approach Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler), Emma’s ex-husband, to track down his family. What follows is Jonah trying to release more monsters and Mark trying to stop them.

There are a few switcheroos about who’s a good guy and who isn’t, but it’s mostly a semi-coherent mess and an excuse for giant monsters to wage epic battles. Secret underwater cities, mythological texts, outer space aliens, a plan to revive Godzilla by letting him feed off of radiation from a nuclear bomb—you name it, this film’s thrown it into the mix.

If you like this kind of stuff, you’re in luck—the film tees up a sequel. Will Godzilla battle King Kong? Keep spending money on these films and it’s guaranteed. (131 min.)




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