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Godzilla 2 Early Reactions: Monster Battles of Epic Proportions

Godzilla fights Ghidorah on Godzilla 2 Chinese Poster

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.

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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.

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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.)

 

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.

More: Every Godzilla Film, Ranked

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Key Release Dates
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
  • Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020
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