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Godzilla: King of the Monsters

by Alan Rapp on May 30, 2019

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters movie reviewGodzilla: King of the Monsters is a big dumb action movie, dumb being the operative word. The full title may as well be Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Humans: Dumbest Fucks on the Planet. Even for a horror movie, the motivations and decision making of every single human character, from child to soldier to politician, are stuptifying. Seriously, you begin to wonder how people this dumb don’t drown in the shower or walk directly into traffic. (And some of them are supposed to be scientists?!) In a series that continues to place a large amount of focus on the human storylines adjacent to the creatures, Godzilla: King of the Monsters makes you wonder if the human race is even worth saving.

The movie is also filled with innumerable plotholes, continuity problems, a misunderstanding of distances across the globe and the time to navigate them, timeline problems, and plenty of insane choices from every character presented on screen. The monsters, however, are pretty cool. It’s just a shame that the movie only really works when two or more are battling on-screen (which, sadly, takes place during far less of the film’s running time than it should).

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Godzilla in Hell #1

by Alan Rapp on August 1, 2015

in Comics

Godzilla in Hell #1Written and drawn by James Stokoe, Ishirō Honda‘s creation is sent to Hell (literally) in the first issue of the new series. Without a single word of dialogue, Godzilla in Hell #1 chronicles Godzilla‘s fall deep into the Earth and the monster’s run-in with a variety of nightmarish creatures.

The reasons for Godzilla’s fall aren’t explained. What is the heroic kaiju doing in Hell of all places? Whatever the cause for the monster’s new surroundings, it’s obvious from this first issue that Godzilla has his work cut out for him as his continued descent into Hell continues.

The setting does allow for any number of bizarrely-designed threats Godzilla might encounter. Although I like the look of Godzilla here, his desolate surroundings and nightmarish antagonists don’t do much for me. Readers more geared to horror comics are likely to get far more out of both the first issue and ongoing series than I will. Still, despite not explaining how he got there, Stokoe delivers a brand-new type of Godzilla story fans of the creature may appreciate. For fans.

[IDW, $3.99]

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