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Before you spend your hard earned money or valuable time watching Hobbs & Shaw, please do yourself a favor and watch the trailer. That way you know exactly what you are getting into. And if you feel like you need some non-stop, over-the-top ridiculousness in your life, then absolutely go get yourself a ticket.
Hobbs & Shaw is just what this summer needed. The first spin-off to the Fast and Furious franchise is an action-packed, light-hearted adventure. The Rock’s usual smoldering charisma is in full force as he brings Jason Statham into comedic banter. Vanessa Kirby is a fantastic addition to the series. She more than holds her own between two massive egos. Both title characters deliver their signature ass-kicking styles and many explosions to make you forget all about Vin Diesel.
Hobbs & Shaw is fun. Movie logic, physics, and common sense were abandoned when making this movie, and that’s okay. They completely lean into the absurdity and that’s what makes it so entertaining. Turn your brain off and enjoy the ride.
Overall, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a net neutral. The monster moments are enjoyable enough to somewhat cancel out the eye-roll-inducing human story.
Looking to see giant monsters destroy cities and fight one another? Then you should go get your tickets for Godzilla: King of the Monsters! Going for any other reason would be to completely overlook one simple fact… This is a Godzilla movie. King of the Monsters is the sequel to 2014’s reboot of Godzilla that also exists in the same cinematic universe as Kong: Skull Island. Neither are required viewing before sitting down for the newest installment because, again, this is a Godzilla movie.
The advantage King of the Monsters has over it’s predecessor is that the world now knows these monsters exist. We do not have to wait until the end of the movie to finally see Godzilla fight. We jump into this story where our human characters have already uncovered more “Titans” around the world. For a kid who grew up watching old Godzilla movies from the 50’s and 60’s, it was pretty awesome to see all those behemoths come to life. Typically in reboots, creative teams try to put their own spin on the design of a creature to make it look new and different, and more often than not the end result is a poor representation. With the exception of a (much needed) upgrade to Rodan, these monsters look, act, and fight like their original incarnations. And that made me happy.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters does a great job of world building in a short amount of time. It explains how and why these Titans exist quickly and easily so we can get back to why we were all there to begin with… the monster fighting. I very much enjoyed watching Godzilla put the smackdown on these other Titans, but I will say that in March of 2020 I will be on Team Kong!