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Henry the Host’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Tonight I was watching KOTM with my roommates (one of which had never seen it) and while we didn't finish all of it because one of them needed to go to sleep, I decided that I would write a diary for this film that was also featured as our 3rd IT CAME FROM A PARKING LOT episode in 2019.
KOTM was the highlight of my cinematic experience in 2019. I saw the film eight times that summer and on its opening day I saw it twice. The first time I saw this movie was on IMAX and it matched the hype I had for it and I actually emotionally shut down cause of how exactly happy I was. My friends said they didn't technically watch the movie cause they were too busy watching me fangasm to the many layers of easter eggs that was in the monsterous romp that was more or less a love song to not just Godzilla, but the genre of giant monsters in general.
While the story and characters are more or less what you expect from a movie of this type, it delivers its punches in ways that are fresh and enjoyable. This is one of those movies that doesn't totally switch you off and the love put into pulls in you into this world of clashing giants. And the layer of easter eggs in this film, from music cues to maser guns to the outpost areas being the years the original films came out, its just something that fans and non fans can bond over in discussion.
While this film is "fun" it does do something that can be in a way lacking, is how it address the atomic messages in the film. In our episode Sean McGuinness points out that the visual representation of seeing Dr. Serizawa, Japanese character set off the atomic bomb to revive Godzilla, which in a way not only seems to contradict the character's motivations for the '14 film, but Godzilla's message as a whole with nuclear power. This then muddles the mythology of the franchise where it unknowingly shines a "positive light" on nuclear power.
Oddly enough as well, one would recommend checking out the movie novelization of this film which seems to showcase and explore scenes and character motivations a lot and oddly enough, the book is a great way to add more depth to this film. Like hell, it even explores what Kong was doing during the events of film and its wild.
Book recommendations and atomic nonsense aside, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a refreshing movie blockbuster that successfully is creating new fans and bringing new blood into a franchise that seems to never truly die. I have some other things I could add to this review, but I also feel like if you have read this that you should just go listen to the Parking Lot episode for this film. It was a good one.
ICFAMM Rating: B+ [22/25]
Monster Concept: 5/5
Monster Design / Execution: 5/5
I also want to note that this film while was my most watched film of 2019, my favorite film of the year was Knives Out. Just felt that was something necessary to add to this review.