The MonsterVerse

3 – Godzilla: King of the Monsters; Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a failure across the board. None of the ensemble cast provide meaningful characters for the audience to become attached to. The action scenes – while much more frequent and “fan pleasing” than the first film – leave much to be desired. They are poorly lit and show little imagination or visual flair as compared to the monster scenes of old. There’s barely a plot to soak in or develop, as all the story really does is serve as a backdrop to the massive brawls that unfold. Director Michael Dougherty (who gave us the cult classic Trick ‘r Treat) can barely hold all these elements together to make a cohesive or – at the very least – entertaining film. To top it off, Godzilla: King of the Monsters has one of the worst scripts we’ve ever seen. It’s cheesy and stupid in all the wrong ways and makes this film even worse for it. But, even without that major flaw, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is simply a bad movie – as it blatantly ignores everything an entertaining story requires in favor of a bland and dimwitted action fest. Cinemaster Score: 4.5/10

2 – Godzilla (2014); In 2014, yet another shared movie universe was beginning. That movie universe is now known as the MonsterVerse, and it started with the centerpiece – Godzilla. What a surprise Godzilla was, too. The surprise unfortunately being how bland the whole movie was. Its leading performance from Aaron Taylor-Johnson was just as dull and lacks the proper amount of emotion. Although, the script doesn’t help much – attempting to focus too much on anything other than Godzilla. Whether it be the script or the characters themselves, it’s clear Gareth Edwards (director) wasn’t sure what viewers wanted. Godzilla is nowhere near as enjoyable as it could (and should) be – having much more story and exposition than action and epic monster battling. From the drab color scheme reminiscent of Thor: The Dark World, to the underwhelming story before any good action – Godzilla (2014) remains a mediocre blemish on the titular icon’s lore. Cinemaster Score: 5.5/10

1 – Kong: Skull Island; Thus far, Kong: Skull Island is easily the best of the bunch. If you compare the casted talents alone against those of Godzilla (2014) or Godzilla: King of the Monsters, all is clear. This star list includes the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, and even John C. Reilly. Kong: Skull Island also has a good balance between its story-building script and action-packed monster scenes. The story built by this aforementioned script discusses a moral issue, as well. It brings Kong to life with odd realities amongst the fiction of it all. The characters are mostly generic but their interactions remain interesting to watch. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts clearly knew what he was doing, despite the film being like anything he’d done before. Kong: Skull Island is highly enjoyable – incomparably better than the accompanying monstrosities of cinema in this shared universe. Cinemaster Score: 7.5/10

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