In the nineteen fifties Godzilla filled screens with campy, fake looking black and white films with basically the same lame script. But they were fun. The biggest of the films was the 1954 Godzilla with Raymond Burr as the American reporter telling the story in English with the Japanese actors words dubbed.
We expect more in 2019 and in a way we get less. This version belongs on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 list where bad films go to be made fun of. The quality of special effects are certainly better than sixty years ago. Sadly, that is the problem there is very little story here that fills in between the big sound battles between various monsters who may be about the destruction of the Earth and Godzilla playing the hero attempting to stop them.
The performers spend most of their screen time reacting to the actions of the so called monsters. The creatures are the real stars of this version (there will be another film), Rodan appears along with Mothra, King Ghidorah the hydra headed monster, and others. The human characters are about protecting a small box that is known as ORCA that can calm down the overly excited creatures. That process is promoted by Vera Farminga and challenged by nearly everyone else who want to hit back at the large infiltrators. The secret agency called Monarch finds creatures in various places around the world. There is Skull Island, Antarctica, Mexican volcanoes, San Francisco, China and Fenway Park in Boston.
The weak story occurs between dark scenes which at times are difficult to understand along with some effective use of long sound waves which give off a vibration in the theatre. There is no story, it is only scenes of destruction and battles which destroy much of the World but especially San Francisco and Fenway Park. Some of the walk through in sections of Fenway not normally available to the public are interesting to view. But they are quickly destroyed.
This is a bad film that ignores the idea that the script makes a film and goes just for splashes of color, smoke, light and destruction on the screen.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters disappoints.