Is your colony ship running low on supplies with not a habitable planet in sight? No problem, just warp back to earth and kill the skyscraper-tall monster who’s taken up residence. Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters has many problems. The characters are boring, the story is boring, and the worst offense being Godzilla is MIA for half the runtime. If you’re a fan of the franchise, it’s worth watching just don’t set your expectations too high. For the average viewer, this move will disappoint.
Godzilla is laying waste to Earth and humanity is powerless to stop him. A group of aliens arrives offering to slay the indestructible monster on the condition they can immigrate to the planet. Things don’t go according to plan and humanity flees Earth on a colony ship in search of a new
Twenty years later, resources are running low so the leadership decides to abandon its older citizens to certain doom. Captain Sakaki is furious and threatens to blow up a ship in an effort to stop the forced migration. He fails and is now rotting in a jail cell.
The entire voyage is deemed to be a failure, and in a desperate effort to save humanity they warp jump back to Earth. Miscalculating the jump, they arrive 20,000 years in the future. The planet has drastically changed, except Godzilla, who has managed to survive, so they set out to defeat him. Due to Captain Sakaki knowing Godzilla’s weakness, he is released and sent down with an army to retake Earth.
Sadly, this movie could have been an action-packed journey of destruction and mayhem, but instead, it’s a slowly paced snooze fest. Besides the opening scenes, there isn’t another glimpse of Godzilla until halfway through the movie. We’re left with a spaceship filled with the most boring human beings and aliens imaginable.
Captain Sakaki is the only character with any kind of depth and he’s still as shallow as a puddle of mud. He has two tragic moments that happen at the beginning of the film in the span of just a few minutes then its all wrapped up. Those scenes were there to sell us on why he hates Godzilla so much, but it just doesn’t work. There is nothing else to know about his character, he’s just not interesting. Every other character is generic and adds very little besides advancing the plot.
The animation is wonderfully done and the ending battle really shows what this film could have been. The flying vehicles, explosions, and gorgeous lighting are beautiful from start to finish.
The plot and lack of character development hindered what could have been a great addition to the franchise. The animations are nice, but it’s not enough to carry the rest of the movie. Godzilla fans will enjoy, but it will be a disappointment for the majority.