GODZILLA II – KING OF THE MONSTERS (Dubbed) | 1 June, 2019

Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s Godzilla II – King Of The Monsters (dubbed from the Holly­wood film of the same name; UA) is a sequel to Godzilla (2014) and the 35th film in the Godzilla franchise.

There’s a crypto-zoological organisation, Monarch, for which Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) works. Mem­bers of Monarch, including Emma, wage a war against a battery of giant monsters, including the mighty God­zilla.

Max Borenstein, Michael Dough­erty and Zach Shields have written a story which is confusing but which offers plenty of scope for action. The screenplay, penned by Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields, is engaging in spite of being confusing. The thrill element is so pronounced that even portions which aren’t very clear become interesting.

Vera Farmiga does a swell job. Kyle Chandler is good as Emma’s ex-hus­band, Mark. Millie Bobby Brown per­forms ably as Emma’s daughter, Madison. Ken Watanabe (as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa), Ziyi Zhang (as Dr. Irene Chen and Dr. Ling) and the rest are adequate.

Michael Dougherty has handled the drama with élan. His direction is very good as it keeps the audience involved throughout the drama. The proceedings unfold so dramatically and the canvas is so grand that the film becomes a veritable treat for the eyes. Bear McCreary has provided an im­pactful music score. Lawrence Sher’s cinematography is excellent and so are the computer graphics and visual effects. Scott Chambliss’ production designing is splendid. Editing (Roger Barton, Bob Ducsay and Richard Pearson) is sharp. Dubbing is very good.

On the whole, Godzilla II – King Of The Monsters is a fairly good entertainer. While the dubbed version will do quite well at the ticket windows, the original English version (released simultaneously) will fare even better.

Released on 30-5-’19 at Maratha Mandir (daily 3 shows) and more cinemas and on 31-5-’19 at other cinemas of Bombay by Warner Bros. Pictures (India) Pvt. Ltd. Publicity: fair. Opening: okay. ……Also released all over. Opening was okay at many places.