Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
Starring: Aisha Hinds, Anthony Ramos, Bradley Whitford, CCH Pounder, Charles Dance, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Ludlow, Jason Liles, Ken Watanabe, Kyle Chandler, Lexi Rabe, Millie Bobby Brown, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Randall P. Havens, Sally Hawkins, Thomas Middleditch, Vera Farmiga, Ziyi Zhang
Summary: The heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance. Collapse
Director: Michael Dougherty
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror
Runtime: 131 min
9/10, four and a half stars, special effects burst, the picture is excellent, the monsters are full of drama, fighting passion, grand world view, positive and negative logic smooth (the following dry goods face logic and the female hostess), profound natural dialectical thinking, The disadvantage is that the human drama has a rhythm and some of the shots are fragmented. But I don’t know how to read a lot of reviews, plus a half star balance. Welcome to reprint.
Long comment (spoiler warning)
Personally think that the best genre of the Godzilla series are “New Godzilla 2016” and “Godzilla 1954”. Both have profound political metaphors and social reflections, but there are not many fighting scenes. The best thing to do is this “King of Monsters”. However, it is still difficult to combine the monster scenes of the giant beasts with the human dramas. After all, because of the gap in body size, it is difficult to carry out the monsters and human dramas at the same time, and isolation will inevitably occur. Moreover, Douban is very picky, and it is a bad story to play, that is, the plot has no logic to score low points, and the play is less good, that is, “do not want to see humans” to score low points. At present, all the behemoth movies, I think the best combination of plot and fight is “Godzilla’s 1995 squad” and “Gamela 3 evil spirits awakening.” In addition, the watercress itself has a certain prejudice against the monster/monster film. Even the classic “05 King Kong”, “Shaped 1&2” and “Jurassic World” are only 8 points up and down.
table of Contents:
1. Human drama; 1.1 villain logic; 1.2 female logic; 1.3 male and female main position changes; 1.4 logic trap; 1.5 literary rhythm;
2. Monsters and human drama;
3. The scenes of monsters and monsters;
4. The correct way to watch the film.
1. The first is the most controversial human scene. Human dramas are also divided into literary plays and martial arts. The film’s human drama includes the emotional entanglement of the male and female family, as well as the theoretical group of the expert group. The film does not tell much about the emotions of the male and female owners, but it can be linked from fragments distributed in several parts of the film. The female host family was destroyed in the battle of Godzilla and Muto in Godzilla 2014 and lost her son. Since then, the male hatred monster, and the female master has developed an artifact with the monster in the plan of the emperor, the two went on different paths.
1.1 villain logic. I object to the villain logic bugs that most film reviews say. I am an ecological major. There are three ecological concepts involved in this film. One is anthropocentrism represented by the military and wants to kill all monsters. One is the ecological holism represented by Serizawa, who wants to coexist with monsters. One is anti-anthropocentrism, represented by villains, attempting to release all monsters and destroy human civilization and reconstruct the ecological circle. The “anti-anthropocentrism” in reality stems from the deterioration of the environment, and advocates stopping the development of industry and returning to nature. After its extreme, it is ecological terrorism. Although it may be that the audience will feel that the villains are very rash, it is a pity that this is a reality and there have been a series of terrorist attacks. This is well documented. What, you said, why not pave the way for the villain? No need, just like any movie will not pave the way why the protagonist is a lively and cheerful person, this is the setting.
1.2 The female subject’s ecological concept is between “ecological holism” and “anti-anthropocentrism”, but it has nothing to do with the Virgin. In the early stage, she wanted to destroy the city through monsters and leave radiation in the city, and then turn the city into a restricted area for human beings to achieve natural ecological restoration. In theory, there is no problem with this logic. For the actual basis, please refer to the documentary “The Snow Group of Chernobyl”. Of course, the film also adds the setting of “Monster-specific radiation can accelerate plant growth”, which intuitively improves the correctness of this logic. Her original plan was to release the monsters one by one, but did not expect that the release of Quito is the king of the monsters, and Quito directly summoned all the monsters. But then Zhang Ziyi discovered that Quidola came from an alien (there was a line in the film, and the “Oxygen Destroyer” side-by-side verification of the invalidity of Kidola), like the clown in Batman, like pure destruction, and Not maintaining ecological balance. Therefore the female host is against the water.
[Supplement: Some netizens believe that nuclear power plants can be used to obtain the same effect, but eco-terrorism is more inclined to use the natural means of nature, not artificial things. Moreover, the ecology of ancient behemoths is evolutionarily stable, and nuclear power plant accidents can trigger uncontrollable cascade expansion. If Quito is an ordinary Earth monster, it does get the expected result of the villain. However, Quito is an invasive species, and what he dominates is not evolutionarily stable. 】
After the above analysis, it can be found that the behavior of the villains and the female host are not logically injured. The logic of this film involves the principles of ecology, and it is the more rigorous logic, more rigorous than the combination of a certain liquid and a certain species and other species to treat diseases. However, it is necessary to have a certain disciplinary basis to clarify this logic. Moreover, the film has a fast pace, so it is difficult for ordinary viewers to correctly understand.
1.3 Changes in the position of men and women. The male and female masters lost their sons in the battle between Godzilla and Muto. The male lord hated and wanted to destroy the monsters. This is a typical “anthropocentrism.” However, the monster is actually awakened by the nuclear explosions of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The female host believes that the root of the loss of the son lies in the human being itself. She is an ecological holism. After the divorce, the woman found that the radiation of the monster had the effect of environmental restoration, coupled with the trauma of the lost child, she gradually turned into anti-anthropocentrism. This is very embarrassing, but one factor is easy to ignore, that is, when she was employed by the emperor organization, she invented the “sound wave transmitter”, which can control the monster. When a person gains an extremely powerful force, it magnifies her good and evil, while at the same time reducing the cost of doing bad things. Since then, the female host has cooperated with ecological terrorism. However, Quito, beyond the expectation of the woman, caused her to lose this control. At this time, the position of the woman returned to a very fragile state and even fell into self-doubt. When the daughter steals the sound wave launcher and goes alone against Quito, it becomes the fuse of the female host’s sudden change. The male leader formed a united front with Godzilla because of his opposition to Quidola, so his position changed to “ecological holism.”
1.4 logical traps. Some people have a logical problem with the film, but they have made a logical mistake. E.g:
a. Why did a group of people not escape when Quidola appeared? Before the predator finds you but does not launch an attack, the escape will directly trigger the predator’s predation, so the escape is a bis behavior. The right way is to face the predator and slowly retreat, or copy the guy directly. Unfortunately, the weapon is not valid for Quito.
b. The woman does not leave her daughter next to a safer man? The female host and the villain launched the attack on the organization of the male lord. Obviously the female lord was safer.
c. The male and female owners killed so many soldiers in order to save their daughters? First of all, the man and the woman are going to find the “Oka sound wave launcher” that the daughter stole. This is the way to stop the monster, and save the daughter is the way. To take a step back, this American value of sacrificing multiple people to save one person also appears in films like “Saving Ryan.”
d. Why not create a few “Oka sound wave transmitters”? As a prototype, of course, there is no mass production. As an important item that can control monsters, it is definitely not energy-produced, just like “nuclear weapons.” However, such an important thing is not heavily guarded, but also let the daughter steal it. It is indeed a problem.
If you have more questions, please feel free to ask.
1.5 literary rhythm. The loopholes in the drama itself are not too many, nor are they the focus of the film. But no logic problem does not mean that the story is well spoken. Compared with the monster’s play, the humanistic drama is not very good at controlling the rhythm. Sometimes it feels quite dull, lacking the expression of the atmosphere and the dramatic turning point.
2. Monsters and human drama. It mainly includes the battle between Raton and the army, the battle between Mosla and humans, the battle between Quito and humans, and the emotional drama of Godzilla and human beings. The drama of Dr. Serizawa and Godzilla is simply another interpretation of the 1954 edition. It can be said that it is very good. In addition, the battle between this monster and humans is also very exciting.
3. Monsters and monsters. Including the Antarctic war between Godzilla and Quito, the air battle between Raton and Quidola, the naval battle between Godzilla and Quidola, the air battle between Raton and Mosla, and the final battle, and of course, the magic And the emotional drama of Godzilla.
The battle between the monsters is a more controversial place, because when the monsters are smashing each other, some human dramas are interspersed, and most of these human dramas do not interact with the monsters. For example, when Raton and Quidola were in the air battle, the male lord went to the hangar to do things that were irrelevant. The men and women in the air battle between Mosla and Raton were searching for the daughter. When the beasts are intertwined, it is appropriate to intersperse human dramas. It is a very classic way of shooting the giant beasts through the human perspective. But the human lens should focus on the collapse of the building caused by the monster battle, the impact of the explosion on people, rather than focusing on things that are irrelevant. Of course, the Great Southern War and the final battle are still very exciting. In addition, the emotional drama of Godzilla and Mosla should be the best emotional drama in the film.
4. The correct way to watch the film
1. Empty your brain, don’t think too much. Ignore the human plot, just appreciate the monster fight, just cool. Partial lens switching does not affect the overall look and feel.
2. If you are hard to study the plot and study the motivation of the characters, then hope that this film review can provide you with some science and help.