Godzilla: King of the Monsters 0.0 stars

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Synopsis

There are reports that director Michael Dougherty’s sequel to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 reboot had a budget of $200 million dollars. That’s not normally the sort of thing you would mention in a review, but when you see a film that is almost entirely driven by spectacle and you keep marveling at how slapdash and/or unreal everything looks and sounds, you do start to wonder where all the money went. (I hope a fair chunk went to the cast, which includes Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, and Ken Watanabe — each slumming in his or her own way — because otherwise, this is just an embarrassing glitch in the old filmography for the lot of them.) That unreality extends to the action: gravity still exists in the Monsterverse, but other physical and natural laws would just get in the way of the show. And it is a Monsterverse, with all the earmarks of an attempted franchise a la Universal’s Dark Universe. Talking of which, it shares this problem with that doomed attempt to make episodic heroes out of monsters: why should folks care about them, again? I mean, yes, they look cool, it’s nice when they save our skins (viz. Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island), but that doesn’t quite make us invested in them as characters. They’re not even problems to be solved, just gargantuan forces to be accepted, like the weather. Or maybe our new masters; here to somehow help us restore balance to the planet. It’s hard to say. Anyway, the lesson here is that humanity sucks, but family is still super important. And the payoff is about five minutes of kaiju combat that doesn’t come close to justifying the other 127.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 2 hours, 12 minutes

Rated: PG-13

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AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall. 760-945-1365

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AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego. 888-262-4386

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AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego. 888-262-4386

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    1 p.m., 4:05 p.m.

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego. 888-262-4386

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AMC Otay Ranch

2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

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AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

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AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City. 888-262-4386

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AMC Temecula 10

27531 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA. 951-699-4970

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Angelika Film Center & Café

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego. 858-207-2606

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12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar. 858-794-4045

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Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego. 858-635-7716

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The LOT: Liberty Station

2620 Truxton Road, San Diego. 619-566-0069

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    4 p.m., 7 p.m.

Reading Cinemas Grossmont with TITAN XC

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa. 619-465-3040

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    11:45 a.m.

Reading Cinemas Town Square

4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego. 858-274-9994

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2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad. 844-462-7342

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1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista. 619-216-4707

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1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos. 760-471-3734

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2170 Coronado Avenue, San Diego. 619-423-2727

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