By now, you’ve definitely had a chance to watch the long-awaited Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters. (POM). NOW, we can finally discuss where POM succeeds and falls short.
I love the story of POM. I love that Godzilla and these monsters appeared and wreaked havoc on the planet, forcing us to escape Earth just to survive. The desperation of the people on the spaceship is palpable. After decades of searching for a habitable planet, they haven’t found a single one (yikes).
Who can blame these people for preferring to go on a definite suicide mission than stay on the ship for even one second longer. I’d opt to go back to Earth and kill Godzilla, too.
God, that plot is great. It’s a hell of a unique Godzilla story. The desperation of everyone on board is masterfully executed. They either die in space or fight a monster that survived 17 simultaneous atom bombs explosions. The leaders think it’s unreasonable, but no one else on the ship hesitates to sign on for the fight. A+, phenomenal world building.
Sh*t, am I out of Pros already? Uh-oh.
So far, I’ve loved Polygon Pictures’ creations, but this fell flat in a couple of areas. Godzilla didn’t move much, which is weird for a mountain-sized monster. He was like a really sluggish set piece. I don’t expect Godzilla to be running 5Ks, but I expect him to have some kind of movement and agility. His design is certainly great but is extremely under-utilized. The charging of his atomic breath is freaking cool, but the sight and sound of the breath itself is underwhelming.
Also, I’m going to nitpick the hell out of the title Planet of Monsters. In the first five minutes, we see tons of monsters with really awesome designs and powers. And then we never see them again. For the majority of this film, we get pterodactyl monsters and Godzilla. With that title, you’d expect some variety, and it didn’t exist.
And lastly, I hate that they put Part 1 in the title. It kind of destroys the tension when you know there’s going to be a part two, but…wait…?
There’s more Pros!?!
The Pros II
See, you didn’t know that was coming. Excited, aren’t you?
POM sets up Part 2 marvelously. It utilizes a stinger after the credits to build more buzz. The stinger satisfies something set up earlier in the movie that you nearly forget about. And thinking back on the movie two days later, I realized I forgot something…
The sequel comes out in May of 2018. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need new pants.