Movie Review – #Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (7/10)

(Super belated review, but that means spoilers will be forgiven too :P)

Although the theatres are now saturated with movies that highlight on the environmental issue and how humans are the cause of the problems, I didn’t mind one more amongst them, even if it’s to just raise the public awareness of how much damage we are actually causing to the land we breathe on, the very place we call “home”. In my own’s views, I like the way they relay the message of preserving and conserving the environment to the general public, and of course, to the younger audience as well. In this movie, the “crypto-zoological agency” Monarch face off against not just an array of humongous monsters, which includes the mighty Godzilla, but also against the government policies and human’s foolishness of wanting to destroy the god-like creatures. With this much of ego within us (and especially those believe in the White supremacy), I am not surprised that some will fail to see that Godzilla also aims to tell us how we are just a speck of dust in this world when compared to the other possible creatures that are living in the same world as us. The movie brought out a hypothesis that us humans are residing in Earth that does not belong to us, but to the Titans who once ruled the land. And yet, many of us are taking things for granted: ignoring the damage that we are causing to the environment just for the sake of our own convenience; believing that the homo sapiens are actually one level above others hence causing the extinction of many species; some of us even waging war against our own kind for the greed of wealth & power. Are we really going to continue to walk on this land as though we own it, or are we going to at least give respect and gratitude to the many wonders of the world that we know of now?

Out of the 4 monsters that were highlighted in the movie, my personal favourite was Mothra, the “queen” of all monsters, who was described to have a “symbiotic relationship” with Godzilla, in which one will not be able to ignore its magnificence and beauty when its full form appears on the large screens. I was totally in awe and words failed me when I saw how she broke through the clouds and shone its warm rays onto Godzilla. It was as though a huge life-form of a compassionate goddess appeared, and I was just totally captivated by it. Though her attacks against Rodan were seemingly weaker in comparison, she was the only one who managed to actually capture the audience’s attention even before the fighting scenes occurred.

One moment that particularly made me emotional was when Dr. Serizawa actually sacrifice himself to aid Godzilla regain his powers, where we see the character finally being able to rest knowing that his most admired and respected Titan will be able to fight back against what is considered as “alien”in this world. We have seen Dr. Serizawa holding on his beliefs throughout the two movies, and he has proved that even when nobody believes you, as long as you are doing what you consider is right, then it will all be worthwhile, even if it means giving up your own life for it.

The only thing that I found annoying was the screeching and roars from the monsters, in which I think was too much and unnecessary. But then again, what other forms of language can we expect from these enormous creatures, that do not speak in our human language? So do be prepared to get your eardrums blasted, with all the technology advancements in cinema that aim to “enhance” your experience. Hahahah.

Some may criticise that the CGI was too crude, and that the story plot was too bland. But oh well, to each his own. I see that there are much to appreciate in such a simple movie of monsters battling each other out, in an attempt to return the balance that was already lopsided when human population started to overgrow and Mother Nature was disregarded and neglected (in which sounds strikingly similar to Thanos’ fundamental concept, and which I agree too). Maybe also due to me not studying art, I was actually feeling quite sensational when I just sat there during end credits and pondered on how the digital artists managed to bring all of the creatures into life in the screens. My exact thoughts were “Wow… we just watched Titans battle on Earth for us, and we humans are so small and insignificant compared to them.” Well, hopefully the next movie will keep me in amazement when I see both mythical Godzilla & Kong cross-hands.

Movie Review: Wreck It Ralph 2

[Warning: may contain spoilers]

Wreck It Ralph 2 is by far, the most meaningful Disney movie ever made. It discusses about so many social issues in one animated movie, and it being targeted towards millennial kids is just the right and perfect thing to do.

Directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, the sequel takes place 6 years after saving the arcade from Turbo’s vengeance. The Sugar Rush arcade cabinet was broken by a human player, forcing Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) to travel to the Internet via the newly-installed Wi-Fi router in Litwak’s Arcade to retrieve the piece capable of saving the game.

The whole theme of the movie is about friendship and its challenges, when the bond between two best friends are tested when one side is having internal insecurities, and the other is having dilemma towards her own dreams. The situation got even worse when miscommunication happened, and chaos arised due to Ralph’s unintended sabotage and failed attempt in trying to make Vanellope see things HIS way. Kids nowadays (and people of all ages actually) should understand that best friends come in all forms, and they can be polar opposites in thoughts. “There’s no law saying best friends have to have the same dreams.” But one should always remember that whatever happens, you should not, at ANY given moment or opportunity, have the intention to harm others. If you do, it’ll just backfire on you, as clearly shown in the movie.

The movie also deliberates a lot on the subject of insecurities and low self-esteem that one can have, and also being influenced by the negative comments thrown out by netizens. The dialogue “first rule of the internet: never look at the comments” has revealed the dark side of how the modern technology has made it so easy for people to lash out at others, while having the comfort of being at home. Keyboard warriors are so common nowadays, that the saying “you can never please everyone” is being demonstrated and proven for almost every single post online. With the technology being so advanced today, almost every kid is in touch with the social media. But nobody is there to protect them from this sinister world of cyber bullying, where some people are just out to criticize and hurt others with mere form of words. It is only with built-up self-esteem can the children in the current era learn to protect and defend themselves against those who are having spite and jealousy in them, and Wreck It Ralph 2 has presented this lesson in a very impactful way. ❤ So thank you to the team behind this movie, who has sent out this significant message to all the young ones out there.

There’s also this one part where Vanellope said in the early stage of the movie “My game is predictable. I know every shortcut. I wonder if there’s more to life than this.”, making me wondering the same as well in the real-life physical world for people who are doing the same routine almost every day! However, there are some people who are contented with having the same repetitive cycle daily, as it creates less drama, and also less excitement. For me personally, I would be on Vanellope’s side, where I am constantly seeking for the next thrill, next adventure. But at some point in life, I know that I will settle down for a quiet and peaceful routine, where I know that everything will fall into place, and my family will be waiting for me at home, and I look forward to having this sanctuary too ☺

Apart from all the meaningful messages being brought out via the story plot, I also appreciate Disney throwing snark at its own mainstream franchise of Disney Princesses 😂 Really loving that scene where all of them were questioning Vanellope if she is a princess. Oh! And also when they were all in modern comfy clothes, I tried so hard to squint at all the words on the t-shirts, but I only manage to catch sight of Ariel’s, and it was hella funny and relatable at the same time! That one song that Vanellope sang though, was also probably one of the highlights for me. I probably should start to “stare into important water” and have my own little song now. 😂

Lastly, using a movie poster with the character “Shank” here, because she displayed all the ideal qualities that I am looking up to: cool, good with advise, protect her fam, skillful at her job, looking good, and seems to be fearless. It is almost everything that I would like to be, and one day, I hope I am able to reach at least 80% of it 😊