Garrett and Carson use their atomic breath to talk about Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
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!
Triple Frontier (I still don’t understand the title) is a military-style heist movie with an impressive cast. Reminds me of the 1999 Gulf War film Three Kings with George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube. A group of soldiers decide that stealing from bad guys isn’t really stealing. That they should be paid for their time served and their sacrifices from the millions of dollars that their enemies have socked away. While Three Kings is an action-adventure with comedy movie, Triple Frontier is more of a drama with some action sprinkled throughout.
Triple Frontier has a good set up and general direction from the start. We are introduced to Charlie Hunnam, Oscar Isaac, and Ben Affleck in their lives after their military careers have ended. Then Oscar has a plan. A plan to set them all up for life. When you listen to how they rationalize their involvement in the heist, it is hard to believe that this type of thing doesn’t happen often in real life. Men with a particular set of skills, who have a network of informants and contacts, who feel cast aside by society choose to go hunt down bad guys and take their money. Makes perfect sense to me.
It is during the second half that Triple Frontier started to unravel. Questionable decisions are made by both the characters in the movie and by the writers who wrote it. Triple Frontier more than most movies in the genre, could have greatly benefited by Netflix new gimmick of Choose Your Own Adventure. Almost exactly 1 hour into the movie, you should get three options of what the crew should do. Do you continue down the path of poor choices that we saw in the movie or do you make a different decision and make this one of the best movies of the year? The choice is yours!
Even with it’s flaws, Triple Frontier is a big step forward for Netflix movies. Big names, big budget, solid directing. I am looking forward to where they go from here.