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Blu-ray Review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

August 23, 2019 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Blu-ray Review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Godzilla’s upcoming episode of Hot Ones is not to be missed.

While there’s been no shortage of attention to dissecting everything that’s gone wrong with Warner Bros’ DC Universe films, it feels like the strong work done in the early stages of the Monsterverse (2014’s Godzilla and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island) has been overlooked. The series’ third film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, looks to build on those films and inject ever more action as the franchise heads toward next year’s Godzilla vs. Kong.

THE PLOT

Five years have passed since the emergence of Godzilla and the discovery of other monstrous creatures known as Titans across the globe. While the Monarch organization has overseen the situation thus far, the US government is interested in assuming oversight. Before the two sides can reach a resolution, however, a Monarch facility is attacked and a critical piece of tech known as the Orca, which can communicate with the Titans, is stolen.

Eco-terrorist Alan Jonah (Charles Dance; Game of Thrones) is behind the assault, and in the process he takes a pair of prisoners: Dr. Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga; The Conjuring) and her daughter, Madison (Millie Bobby Brown; Stranger Things). Desperate to recapture the Orca and save the hostages, Monarch tracks down Dr. Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler; Friday Night Lights), who has become estranged from his family. After some initial resistance, Mark agrees to help as they go to intercept Jonah at a facility in Antarctica.

Although the team arrives in time to prevent Jonah from waking the dangerous Monster Zero, Emma elects to side with Jonah and detonate the explosives to free Zero from the ice. In the aftermath, Emma explains to her former colleagues that Titans represent the only way to save the planet from destruction, equating it to a fever burning away the sickness. When the Orca provides inadequate to control Zero, however, a whole new set of problems emerge, and humanity’s only hope may be Godzilla.

THE GOOD

We liked the first Godzilla, a lot, but it had a pretty slow pace. King of the Monsters kicks things up several notches and introduces new monsters into the fray, including Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah (AKA Monster Zero). Their design is exceptional, and the CGI is excellent from start to finish with epic visual set pieces and monster fights. There’s plenty of great action here, and the pace is pretty brisk throughout, so if the first film felt a little too slow this should have everything you’re looking for.

Thankfully, King of the Monsters doesn’t sacrifice storytelling for pure action. The movie is filled with accomplished actors and solid performances. Everyone has their reasons for doing what they’re doing, and there’s no lazy personality changes for the sake of plot advancement. That you develop a connection to these characters at a relatable level helps keep the stakes up when the fantasy elements of giants creatures doing battle takes over.

More than anything, though, the movie is fun. We had a great time watching Monarch race around the globe trying to contain the Titan outbreak, and it felt like every time we needed a little breather to reset the film was right there to oblige. It was a blast.

THE BAD

We pretty much enjoyed the entire thing, though if we’re going to pick nits it’d be with the late-stage story of the Russell family in that at some point it should’ve fallen more into the background and let what’s ostensibly a fight for human survival take over. There’s already plenty of relatable, personal elements and storylines throughout the duration of the film, and we found ourselves wanting the focus even more on the monster elements during the final act.

THE BONUS FEATURES

There are around 90 minutes of extras here, highlighted by in-depth looks at the four primary creatures featured in the film: Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah. If you have any interest in digging deeper into the Monsterverse, those are well worth watching. There’s also a closer look at Monarch and its role in this world. All of the theatrical trailers and a handful of deleted scenes — one which you’ll recognize from said trailers — are included, too, though nothing that hit the cutting room floor is missed.

OVERALL

We had a ton of fun with Godzilla: King of the Monsters with its mix of quality actors, awesome monsters and amazing visual effects. We’re officially primed for Godzilla vs. Kong.

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Blu-ray Review: The Nun

November 30, 2018 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Blu-ray Review: The Nun
One thing that has always stood out in films from the Conjuring universe is quality acting, a relatively rare thing in the horror genre. That continues here with Bichir, who we loved in The Bridge, heading a solid slate of performances for all three primary characters. Jonas is likable and gets to add what little levity there is, and Taissa ably projects strength, faith and vulnerability at the centre of it all.
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Video Game Review: Hitman 2

November 16, 2018 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Video Game Review: Hitman 2
Although Hitman 2 scraps the episodic release of its immediate predecessor, it very much retains the feel with its distinct locations rife with different approaches to the main job and numerous additional threads to be followed. That means that while the game is relatively short on locales, each one is treated like a sandbox that can be played through multiple times.
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Blu-ray Review: Teen Titans GO to the Movies!

November 7, 2018 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Blu-ray Review: Teen Titans GO to the Movies!
Part of the film’s charm is putting serious characters in ridiculous situations, and it does so to great effect. Watching the Titans ride big wheels to travel back through time to prevent origin stories from happening is probably the highlight of that approach whether they’re fixing Krypton or guiding the Wayne family through a safer part of town.
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Blu-ray Review: The LEGO Ninjago Movie

January 13, 2018 | by Herija Green | Comments Comments Off on Blu-ray Review: The LEGO Ninjago Movie
On the coastal city of Ninjago, life is good… except for the incessant attacks from the sinister Lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux) and his Shark Army from their offshore volcanic island base. Fortunately for the citizens of Ninjago they’re protected by a secret ninja force whose giant mechs have been able to thwart Garmadon at every turn.
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