A mandated course correction after the people rejected my beloved Godzilla vs Hedorah. For me, this is deeply unnecessary and feels like a strong step backwards. This is the most repetitive and formulaic of the series so far. It feels akin to the early sequels in structure and so much feels directly recycled.
There are moments of all out carnage that are compelling and bombastic, and the new kaiju certainly looks cool. This new kaiju just needs a better movie that doesn’t feel like paint by numbers Godzilla (and kaiju shouldn’t speak, they should roar untranslated - unless Mothra is hosting a conference). If this film was earlier in the run, I’d be more forgiving; it just felt like the series had moved on from this type of picture, a while back, after having firmly covered this ground.
Add in a deeply uninvolving human narrative, and merely functional visuals, and you’ve got yourself a kaiju sized disappointment.