'Godzilla' doubles down on the brawn in sequel

Warner Brothers Godzilla faces off with old nemesis Ghidorah in newest Monsterverse flick “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”

When I was a kid playing Godzilla games on my Nintendo, I used to love how the pre-fight leadup would work.

Now, the graphics and story weren’t near as good as video games today, it usually started with one of Godzilla’s enemies attacking a city and all of a sudden, you hear the screech and the giant monster comes out of the water ready to throw down.

It was awesome as a kid. And in the newest film, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” pretty much every fight scene is like that.

You get to learn about a lot of Godzilla’s rogue gallery in this film and unlike its 2014 predecessor, you get a lot more of the fighting you associate with him. A lot has been said of the plot of this film and yeah, it isn’t great, but that is not why you come to see this movie.

If “Bumblebee” can get a high rating for a Transformers movie, than Godzilla should get one based on how awesome these fight scenes are and how much they pay homage to the original.

Each time one of the Titans are shown, whether it is the pterodactyl-like creature Rodan or the three-headed hydra monster of Ghidorah, it seems like all is lost and then you get this ear shattering scream meaning Godzilla is coming to take names.

Factor in his scream with some really cool, Skyrim-esque chants every time he is on screen and it is an audio marvel.

As for plot wise, the movie follows a bit in the same thread as “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” where a large portion of the world wants to kill this prehistoric creatures, but there is a small faction who wants to keep them alive for some reason.

I didn’t much care for Fallen Kingdom and I feel the same way about King of the Monsters, but it doesn’t detract too much. It makes way for a thrilling chase. We start with the Russell family from the previous film where matriarch Emma (Vera Farmiga) is working with the secret Titan protecting group Monarch.

Ex-husband Mark (Kyle Chandler who is awesome as always) lives alone as he copes with his son’s death at the claws of Godzilla in the previous movie. Daughter Madison (‘Stranger Things’ star Millie Bobby Brown) is caught in the middle.

We get thrust into the fray after Emma helps wake up old Godzilla standby Mothra and eco-terrorist Charles Dance attacks and kidnaps Emma and Madison. I know he has a character name, but it’s Charles Dance and he just uses his glare and British accent to intimidate as gleefully as he does in “Game of Thrones.”

Dance’s character, Alan Jonah, wants to free all the Titans and have them kill off large parts of the population Thonas-style to help save the world from humans.

Monarch is cool with that, but not letting it happen all at once and certainly not with letting Ghidorah out as he is just not a fun monster to be around.

Ken Wantanabe’s Dr. Serizawah still stands behind Godzilla and believes he is the only hope whereas the military wants to kill them all so there is a lot of inner turmoil, as well as Mark trying to reconcile with the fact he needs Godzilla to help him rescue his family.

Again, the plot isn’t great, but that isn’t what we have came here for. I have criticized Michael Bay for years as his big set pieces and fight sequences in Transformers are hard to watch and understand what is going on. This one, you get to see everything that happens as the choreography is great between the CG monsters.

I have a lot of problems with some plot holes and the fact that Godzilla becomes so overpowered at the end that I have no idea how King Kong is supposed to match up in next year’s entry in the Monsterverse, but overall it is an enjoyable film.

If you are a fan of the original characters and want to see them on screen and fight just like they did in the old, much lower budgeted flicks, then this is a movie for you. Just don’t think too hard about how there is a military faction inside Monarch when its supposed to be a top secret program without government intervention and instead think about how awesome it is to see Godzilla eat one of Ghidorah’s heads.

Rating: PG-13 for sequences of monster action violence and destruction, and for some language.

My score: 81/100

Jordan Bishop is a writer for the Stillwater News Press and can be reached at jbishop@stwnewspress.com.