Early reactions for Godzilla: King of the Monsters have arrived, hyping a monster blockbuster. The road to the new Godzilla film has been long, but it's almost here. It has been five years since Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, where the legendary kaiju battled a creature called M.U.T.O. In director Michael Dougherty's sequel, even more of the iconic creatures are making their debut in the MonsterVerse. Legendary Studios has put a lot of effort into the film's marketing, making sure everyone is aware that the most famous Japanese monsters are on their way to the big screen. Tickets went on sale yesterday.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters features an all star cast of creatures. In addition to Godzilla himself, the film is bringing Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. Mothra is the second most famous Japanese monster, known for her beautiful design and iconic chirp. King Ghidorah is Godzilla's greatest foe, and the three-headed menace has been featured extensively in promotion. Finally, those who grew up with the monster movies during the "atomic age" will instantly recognize Rodan. The monsters are the stars, but the human cast is notable as well. Perhaps the most popular of the cast for modern viewers is Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown, who portrays Madison Russell in the movie.
So, with all this, anticipation for Godzilla: King of the Monsters has been high. Following the premiere in Los Angeles, the social media embargo lifted and the first reactions to the film have arrived. It's important to remember that these are only social media reactions, not full length reviews. Still, this is what viewers are saying after watching. (Note, these reactions are spoiler-free.)
#GodzillaMovie is the film I’ve waited years for. The thrilling sequel captures the spirit of Japan’s famous kaiju while setting up his reign for years to come. There are few words which describe the film as well as momentous, and its epic scale will leave audiences of astounded.— Megan Peters (@meganpeterscb) May 11, 2019
As someone who is not by any means a Godzilla expert (this will be remedied, I swear!) I was lucky enough to see #GodzillaKingoftheMonsters in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago! If you’re looking for some Kaiju-on-Kaiju action, you won’t be disappointed.— Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) May 11, 2019
One thing I'll say about Godzilla '14 is it, in hindsight, provided a really good base for what's coming in #Godzilla2. Established Godzilla as an epic GOD, as well as the only hope for humanity when other monsters inevitably make their way to the surface. I also love the look. pic.twitter.com/Xl73EYn9pv— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) May 10, 2019
Social reaction embargo has lifted on #GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters, so I can finally say OH MY GODZILLA YESSSSS! If your biggest complaint of #Godzilla 2014 was not enough monster time, DEFINITELY get it in this! Let them fight! Had a great time from start to finish! #godzillamovie pic.twitter.com/8qNfQ3P9b9— Andre (@BlackNerd) May 11, 2019
Also the VFX in #GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters are insane. I'm so impressed with what @Mike_Dougherty did with the material and monster battles and can't wait to see it again. If you weren't looking forward to the new @GodzillaMovie it's time to buy tickets. pic.twitter.com/TGiCnCjgxb— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) May 11, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters rules so goddamn hard. Easily the most fun I’ve had in theaters all year and the best Monsterverse entry yet. The scale is mind-boggling & every action scene could be your new desktop wallpaper. See it on the biggest screen possible. #GodzillaMovie pic.twitter.com/YoZrAAjey1— Dan Casey (@DanCasey) May 11, 2019
#GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters is the modern day Godzilla movie you’ve been waiting for. It’s everything the 2014 Godzilla isn’t, while still retaining the best elements of that film and elevating them x 100. Monstrous action that rattles the theater. So damn good. @GodzillaMovie pic.twitter.com/claFZH3oq1— Paul Shirey (@arcticninjapaul) May 10, 2019
#GodzillaKingOfTheMonsters ups the monster action considerably. The battle scenes are gorgeous & fierce & feel ripped from the pages of a gnarly graphic novel. You want a giant-monster movie throwdown, this is it and then some. Can’t wait for that Godzilla vs Kong movie now pic.twitter.com/3RnAOSc00V— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) May 11, 2019
A common theme in these reactions is the scale of the film's massive action sequences. Godzilla: King of the Monster's marketing promised all out monster destruction, and it appears like the film delivers. A common complaint of the 2014 Godzilla was that it did not feature enough of the title character. If these above reactions are any indication, that's a complaint that will not be featured in any reviews for the sequel.
Interestingly, reactions bringing up the human characters are sparse. Of course, that's only to be expected based on the film's marketing. The reason why most people are going to watch this movie is for the monsters, after all. If the monster scenes are poor, the movie is going to be disappointing even with the best written characters. Still, the greatest Godzilla films are those that combine compelling human drama with the monster storyline, such as in 1964's Mothra vs. Godzilla. It remains to be seen if the human characters are praised when it comes time for full reviews. Either way, Godzilla: King of the Monsters sounds like a true spectacle and something that deserves to be viewed on the big screen. The summer blockbuster season always features big action, and the new Godzilla film appears to be taking it to the next level.
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020