2/3 of this movie is great. The monster fights were epic, and most of the scenes with Ken Watanabe and his friendship with Godzilla were surprisingly heartwarming. That being said, the main human villain of the film came across as silly, and that entire story line got an old fashioned eye roll and sigh combo from me in the theater. I don’t want to be lectured about climate change and politics in a clear rip-off of Thanos’s plan in my monster movie. Come on, movie!
Once the story got out of its own way, things really got rolling and the action was superb. Not as much story as the last Godzilla film, but much more actual Godzilla. Take that as you will. Some will love it, some will not. It really depends on what you’re looking for. As something that I perceived being sold as a straightforward monster showdown meant to been seen in IMAX (it really takes it to another level), I was 2/3 happy. Lucky for the movie, it buried the crap in the middle and ended on a high note.