From beginning to end, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is the type of sequel that hits the ground running and doesn’t stop to catch its breath for the entirety of its running time. Although 2014’s “Godzilla” was deliberately paced and character-oriented, it was held back from greatness by its lack of interesting characters, which is course-corrected here thanks to the presence of a veritable cornucopia of dependable character actors – however, the lead trio of Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler all seem to be acting in different movies, which has a tendency to halt the movie’s momentum by pulling viewers out of the experience. Additionally, this sequel is more focused on showing off its expensive CGI effects, and while they’re absolutely gorgeous to look at, there’s so many monster battles across the movie’s 132 minute running time that it starts getting repetitive long before the end credits roll. In many ways, this sequel feels like a response to its predecessor’s lukewarm reception so everything is super-sized, but there’s a whiff of desperation in the air that prevents it from being the crowd-pleaser it so eagerly wants to be.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)