King of the Monsters Member Review Thread (No Spoilers)

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Re: King of the Monsters Member Review Thread (No Spoilers)

Postby MrRockett » Wed May 22, 2019 8:15 pm

Ok forgive me if I'm lazy, but how much were the other monsters involved, introduced and were they cool, meh or forgettable?
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Postby Godzilla2000Zero » Wed May 22, 2019 8:18 pm

MrRockett wrote:Ok forgive me if I'm lazy, but how much were the other monsters involved, introduced and were they cool, meh or forgettable?

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Only saw five and Kong is mentioned several times and they were ok
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Postby Vandarker » Wed May 22, 2019 8:22 pm

I figured I should also give a general assessment:

- On the human side, the character development is pretty shallow. Save for Serizawa, almost everybody is a standard Hollywood blockbuster archetype. Serizawa gets a great, heavily emotional moment, and Farmiga's character gets a good one at the very end, but the others don't have particularly memorable scenes. I had a nitpick with Farmiga's character because her motivations felt too contrived, and it felt like she was too gullible.

- The story is fine. It's more like an excuse to have kaiju fights rather than a real story, but at least it does its job, and doesn't fall apart, unlike some of the bad blockbusters we've seen in recent years. At least I didn't find myself questioning why something happens the way it does. One of the minor problems I had with the plot was its pacing. Like it was so fast-paced with one awesome action sequences right after another, that I think it needed some time to breathe.

- On the other hand, the titans get subperb character development. They aren't just random creatures, they are characters with visible spectrums of emotion, and their individual personalities are clearly recognizable. But they also retain that awe-inspiring, natural disaster-like quality. The script and CGI nailed that balnace, so that the titans all manage to be awesome, graceful and intimidating at the same time.

- The cienmatography is magnificient. It retains that biblical, epic quality of G14 and takes it to another level. Godzilla and Mothra look regal and godly, Ghidorah and Rodan look straight-up demonic in all of their shots. And whenever the titans strike a cool pose, it's like every kaiju fan's wet dream. They look cool in the trailers, but seeing them on the big screen is a different experience altogether.

- The action is good. It's like a mix between a tokusatsu kaiju film and G14. Still retains that weighty grandeur, though it is more dynamic and less afraid to show off each titan's awesome abilities. It completely overshadows G14 in terms of epicness. It does cut away frequently to the human side, but you get to see all the good bits without any interruption, like when a kaiju pulls a rad move or displays his/her special abilities.
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Postby MrRockett » Wed May 22, 2019 8:33 pm

So we get an A to B plot and great monster action. I'm happy.

I can also get behind cut away scenes...it's a movie, the compromise here is this...In Japan Goji, we really don't see the people in the action with the monsters in view. Now we get the battles, the people and the people within the battle.

Just got my 4DX tickets for next week....Figure the first time I do 4DX might as well be Godzilla
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Postby Godzilla2000Zero » Wed May 22, 2019 8:37 pm

MrRockett wrote:So we get an A to B plot and great monster action. I'm happy.

I can also get behind cut away scenes...it's a movie, the compromise here is this...In Japan Goji, we really don't see the people in the action with the monsters in view. Now we get the battles, the people and the people within the battle.

Just got my 4DX tickets for next week....Figure the first time I do 4DX might as well be Godzilla

In that regard yes you will enjoy youself the fights are truly spectacular and awe inspiring with the human charcters running in the mist of them plenty of truly epic shots
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Postby MorgolKing » Wed May 22, 2019 8:40 pm

I loved G14, but I do get a little annoyed by the cut away shots to the humans in the middle of the fight.

Thanks to everyone answering questions without giving away spoilers - truly appreciate it!
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Postby Godzilla2000Zero » Wed May 22, 2019 8:43 pm

MorgolKing wrote:I loved G14, but I do get a little annoyed by the cut away shots to the humans in the middle of the fight.

Thanks to everyone answering questions without giving away spoilers - truly appreciate it!

You're welcome it's a much better 2014 K:SI mix you'll enjoy it.

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Is Rodan a stand out favorite? As a matter of fact, did each of the main Kaiju get their times to shine?

All four are given there deserved screentime and Rodan certainly impressed me the most

The cast in general was good not great I did love Mark Russell though he's my favorite and Stanton and Coleman were surprisingly good and funny moreso on Stanton.

Did any of the acting measure up to Bryan Cranston's Joe Brody in G14?


Sorry forgot to answer this one but no but honestly I think he's overrated anyway I was about connect with these characters betters

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Gojira18 wrote:How would you rate the human characters from best to worst?
Was the 2014 roar in the film?
Was their a sufficient sense of weight?


Hm...

Well, there was no character I didn't like, if that's what you're getting at. ^^;

Of the main cast: Chandler, Watanabe, Farmiga, Brown, Dance, and Hawkins in that order. Dance and Hawkins are only so far down because their parts were a lot smaller than I expected (it makes sense to me now why Hawkins wasn't all over the advertising considering The Shape of Water) but are wonderful when they are there. Of the more minor characters, I think the standouts were Aisha Hinds and O'Shea Jackson Jr., who serve basically the role David Straithairn did in G'14 (though Straithairn's character is back as well - he's fine, but it's a pretty small part, IMO). As I said earlier, Bradley Whitford is really funny as the comic relief. Ziyi Zhang is good too, and her part gets bigger as the film goes on. I look forward to seeing her again in GvK, I think she has potential to really become a cool character. :)

Both the 2014 roar and the classic roar, or at least a version of the classic roar, are both in the film. They kind of expand Godzilla's vocalizations a bit, you can buy that the classic roar and 2014 roar are different ends of the same spectrum.

And yes, I felt there was absolutely a sufficient sense of weight.

How was Middleditch?

Surprisingly good better than Marlow which I didn't think was possible ,him and Sanford made everybody laugh
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Postby Godzilla21 » Wed May 22, 2019 9:10 pm

Wrong thread
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Postby GojiDog » Thu May 23, 2019 3:10 am

Overall, I really enjoyed the film. It is a wild and exciting blockbuster from start to finish, and glorifies the monsters we all know and love.

I am definitely seeing this again.

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Postby Tyrant_Lizard_King » Thu May 23, 2019 4:49 am

Some of us plebs have to wait till its actually released. :(
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Postby Godzilla2000Zero » Thu May 23, 2019 4:51 am

Tyrant_Lizard_King wrote:Some of us plebs have to wait till its actually released. :(

It's worth the five wait it's G14 on steroids with much better characters than G14 and Kong easily the best in the Monsterverse
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Postby Pkmatrix » Thu May 23, 2019 5:00 am

Tyrant_Lizard_King wrote:Some of us plebs have to wait till its actually released. :(


It'll be here before you know it! :D

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Postby Godzilla21 » Thu May 23, 2019 5:37 am

Tyrant_Lizard_King wrote:Some of us plebs have to wait till its actually released. :(


One week! How will you manage?!
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Postby Tyrant_Lizard_King » Thu May 23, 2019 5:53 am

Well got Monday off, work 2 days, then vacation the rest of the week. Besides I'll DL the soundtrack tomorrow and listen to that maybe. Still not sure if I wanna force the 4:00 showing or not.
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Postby Godzilla2000Zero » Thu May 23, 2019 6:06 am

Tyrant_Lizard_King wrote:Well got Monday off, work 2 days, then vacation the rest of the week. Besides I'll DL the soundtrack tomorrow and listen to that maybe. Still not sure if I wanna force the 4:00 showing or not.

Well I came across the ad for the screening last Weds just surfing online and it caught my eye so I immediately downloaded the pass abut got my tickets the next day thankfully I already had an AMC Stubs card it literally came outta nowhere but it was worth it so it you can you should
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Postby Tyrant_Lizard_King » Thu May 23, 2019 7:00 am

Just one question, do the toys accurately capture Mothra as she appears in film. I've heard conflicting things.
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Postby Godzilla2000Zero » Thu May 23, 2019 7:03 am

Tyrant_Lizard_King wrote:Just one question, do the toys accurately capture Mothra as she appears in film. I've heard conflicting things.

She's furrier in the movie
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Postby Hokmuto » Thu May 23, 2019 7:16 am

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Tyrant_Lizard_King wrote:Just one question, do the toys accurately capture Mothra as she appears in film. I've heard conflicting things.

She's furrier in the movie

Is she as anthropomorphic as that one shot from the ‘Beautiful’ footage?
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Postby MorgolKing » Thu May 23, 2019 7:18 am

Does Godzilla's head look too small compared to the rest of his body?

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Postby Godzilla2000Zero » Thu May 23, 2019 7:21 am

Hokmuto wrote:
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Tyrant_Lizard_King wrote:Just one question, do the toys accurately capture Mothra as she appears in film. I've heard conflicting things.

She's furrier in the movie

Is she as anthropomorphic as that one shot from the ‘Beautiful’ footage?

All the footage from the trailers and and tv spot besides MBB trying to reach Monarch are in the film so I would say if you felt that way about her in the tv spot you'll feel the same way in the movie

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Slightly bigger than it was in 2014
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