Godzilla: King of the Monsters ★★★

I’ll start this review with the disclaimer that I’m a big Godzilla fan and will probably go see any Godzilla movie in theaters even if it looks horrible.

The storyline for this one is completely stupid. I want to like the whole idea of an eco-terrorism-themed monster movie, but the writing is completely horrible, filled with too many ridiculous plot holes to keep track of. Kyle Chandler’s performance is embarrassingly over-acted. There are so many monster fight scenes they end up feeling inconsequential after a while.

Most of the positive elements of the movie are focused on fan service. There are a lot of shots that are composed nicely to play up the sense of scale. There’s a monster fight scene at Fenway Park (complete with toppling Dunkin’ Donuts billboard). Millie Bobby Brown is cool, even if her character is poorly written. And, probably the biggest redeeming factor: it's a Godzilla movie with impressive effects.