Five years have passed since Godzilla appeared and saved people from giant monsters in a spectacular battle. However, the incident has not been forgotten, on the contrary: There is a fear among the population that other primeval figures might appear and threaten the world. In order to be able to intervene in case of doubt, the Monarch scientists who deal with these titans have been placed under state supervision. Dr. Emma Russell ( Vera Farmiga ) is one of them and, together with her ex-husband Mark ( Kyle Chandler ), developed a device with which she wants to communicate with the titans. Alan Jonah ( Charles Dance) Interested in being a former member of the British military and intelligence service – but for completely different reasons …
Even if the skepticism was of course already great at the time, whether Hollywood could do justice to the iconic primeval lizard from Japan, Godzilla was quite successful. The reviews have been decent, and the box office results good enough to warrant a sequel. It will take another five years afterwards, in which colleague King Kong in Kong: Skull Island first had to be introduced into the Monsterverse, but this year Godzilla II: King of the Monsters was released in theaters. And this time there was no stopping it, everything should be bigger and more spectacular. That is actually part two. But bigger and more spectacular doesn’t necessarily mean better.
Dougherty was this change of direction aware, of course, and compared it with the jump from Alien – The sinister creature from an alien Wel t to Aliens – The Return , which also concealed horror a mass slaughter more. But just because the development is comparable doesn’t mean the result is necessarily. Because while aliens were exciting in a completely different way, when the protagonists had to fear every minute of being killed by invincible killers, that’s what Godzilla II: King of the Monsters wants there is no real tension. This is not due to a lack of will to destroy, the titans are laying entire cities in rubble and ashes. That’s impressive, but rather less frightening.
One reason for this is that it all seems too distant, not real enough. You don’t get a feeling for what is happening. Efforts were made to pack an emotional component into the film, through numerous characters, similar to Godzilla . But that would only work if these characters actually mean something to you. That’s why Godzilla II: King of the Monsters but – here too, one follows the commitment to more, more, more – far too many of them. So the film doesn’t give you an opportunity to make real connections so that events take effect. If the main characters are also so bland to annoying, then the greatest danger is not that of being trampled by some beasts, but of being bored to death by the bipeds.
The most fun is Godzilla II: King of the Monsters when the beasts are unleashed and compete against each other. To see the old cult monsters on the screen with a real fat budget is something. However, these highlights are slowed down again and again and in the end are not enough to really justify the more than two hours that you need for the film. For that, Dougherty and Shields would have had to focus more on it instead of letting the barely worth mentioning story interfere again and again. Especially since the two did not want to decide on a completely serious film and therefore kept inserting humorous interludes, like so many blockbusters meanwhile, but lost sight of the balance: The second appearance of the lizard somehow wants to be everything and in the end is nothing like that right.