Sometimes, you know exactly what to expect from a movie and yet when you come out of it, you're still left reeling a little. Such is intense sensory experience that your expectations don't really matter and crucially nor do your criticisms, on a certain level. In those terms - let's call them purely entertainment terms - Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is a triumph.
The sequel to Gareth Edwards' 2014 movie - which was credited as reinventing the monster movie genre for a mainstream audience - is bigger, bolder and more impressive than its predecessor. The question that really matters though, is whether it's actually better...
Immediate critical reactions are strangely mixed in extremes: it's either something you will love or hate abjectly by their implication. But film should be judged in experiences and a movie's ability to make you feel something, and King Of The Monsters is absolutely king of that. It's easily one of the most enjoyable entertainment experiences of the year, in fact.
That said, it's far from flawless, and as is the culture around these parts, let's get into what worked and what maybe didn't so well with a review breakdown. And before we begin, you really MUST see this film in IMAX if you're able. It's made for the format and you'll see why soon.