How Would I Change Godzilla: King of The Monsters (2019)?1,028 Views20 RepliesAdd A Reply
I've gone back and forth with many people about my opinions on KOTM, and to be honest...it's a good movie. Not the best thing ever, just a 7/10. But looking back on my GVK rewrite, I've decided to give this movie the overhaul that I think would've elevated this movie and make it a truly great experience. So...comment below on your thoughts, and here it is:
Godzilla: King of The Monsters (2019) - 2hrs and 35mins
So, I think the story should open the same way it did. But have it be extended to actually show the Russell family having a normal day before all the G'14 stuff went down. And then with that, cut to 2019. I actually think the first 20 minutes could actually stay in the movie. But after the Mothra escape, I'd completely overhaul the movie. So, after the scene where MONARCH and Ishiro Seriwaza recruit Mark, he tells what happened after Andrew died and we get these small flashbacks (because show, don't tell). So Alan Jonah and his terrorists are also around for Antarctica. Also, I would have Madison Russell have a larger role as well as Emma. Have them be the de-facto protagonists instead of Mark, as he's kinda boring. So, we find out much earlier that Emma staged the capture with Alan in order to get their help to awaken Ghidorah as we'll find out that Emma tried to get MONARCH to awaken Ghidorah, but they said no. So she banded with Jonah to do that, believing that they'll restore the natural balance of Earth. Ishiro believes that Godzilla is the balance and that Emma's plans could doom the world. I also would want to extend Ghidorah and Godzilla's first bout to truly show how they match up. Then, keep most of the Rodan stuff. But, I would make it a plot twist that Jonah would change the plans and release Rodan in order to lure both Godzilla and Ghidorah to try and bring down the former. So, that happens and Madison finds out that Alan and Emma planned Ghidorah's release. So she tries to warn MONARCH's bases but fails. Also, I would scrap the whole Oxygen Destroyer bit. I'd instead opt for Ghidorah using Godzilla's own atomic breath against him by making a lightning shield. So, I think the jumpstarting Godzilla with a nuke could still work. Anyhow, Madison takes off to Boston with her own plans. But I'd develop Emma in a way where her redemption could actually feel genuine as I'd make it so that she pushed almost everyone she cared about away in order to pursue the Titans, and that she and Mark separated because of Emma's obsession with Titans and Madison has realized with Ghidorah's release that Emma has been wrong the whole time. So, we'd actually see some of the destruction of the Titans returning and Madison would use the ORCA to broadcast through signals bringing all the Titans to Boston. But as Godzilla is drawn to Ghidorah's presence and Ghidorah has it out for that device, they show up first. Mothra and Rodan's fight would be extended and mostly be coastal as I would make it so that Mothra tries to stop Rodan from assisting Ghidorah. I'd also have Emma realize she was wrong about everything, thus completing what could be at least a tangible redemption arc. This would allow her sacrifice to be more meaningful. And instead of Godzilla getting beaten again, Mothra's sacrifice is her weakening Ghidorah with an atomic breath assist from Godzilla, and the Titan's energy would charge up Godzilla enough to do the whole burning thing. And the ending would mostly stay the same, with the post-credits scenes being two this time. The first is the Ghidorah head, and the second would be a Godzilla Vs. Kong setup with Ren Seriwaza.
I honestly think that I kinda did better with GVK...but let me know your thoughts!
There are elements I like, but KOTM had some concepts i think were handled better.
But my favorite thing you did was flesh out Emma and Madison more. The first twenty minutes were actually great, and i really enjoyed theyre dynamic, and its a little strange they moved away from those established characters.
There is a lot to King of the Monsters I would change.
1. Hold off from introducing the new kaiju and instead build on Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah to make them more impactful for the western audience. Because a lot of godzilla newbies who only saw Godzilla 1998 or Godzilla 2014 didn't understand the hype of Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. Sure Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah were heavy hitters but they kind of were overshadowed by the introduction of the OC kaiju.
2. Place more build up on the Oxygen Destroyer
3. Not kill Serizawa and Vivian
4. I would also play up the benevolent monster aspect of Mothra, making her closer to her Toho incarnation as well as giving her antennae beam and wind gust
5. Make Rodan a wild card, but in the end switch allegiances from being a lone angry destructive kaiju to aiding Godzilla during the final fight.
6. Elevate King Ghidorah's abilities of xenoforming without the need of the other kaiju.
1. Vivian was kinda unjustified in KOTM, I would relegate her to a small (un-killable) role.
2. Keep Mothra's OG powers
3. Rodan switches sides midway, or make him fight for himself
4. Ghidorah needs no help, Rodan just is kinda there challenging Mothra for the skies
5. No Oxygen Destroyer, save that for Destroyah.
Goji, I would say that Emma and Madison should've been the key focus from the very beginning. That way Emma's sacrifice could actually mean something, and Madison would be the one to learn from Emma's mistakes and to find her own way to build a better future with humans and Titans.
As you guys may now know the main human story wouldn't really be the Russell family drama in my version, it would instead be a more contained and grounded story about Emma and Madison.
Also, the Titans would be more accurate to their previous iterations. And I got the lightning shield for Ghidorah idea from a certain King Kong Vs. Godzilla...
Imo i think the family drama could have worked. But the story forgot that in order to be a story, you need a good middle as well.
Yeah, and the middle dragged. But the middle part would heavily focus on the larger family drama and how most of it stemmed from Emma's obsessions with the Titans and how it affected everyone, especially Madison.
You just gave me an idea.
And I completely agree with you. The titans wreaking havoc could have been a direct allusion to how theyre choices really affect each other. And because she has this power to control titans she is abusing it. Not consiously, but its a reflection, of how she is pushing Madison away.
An Idea i have been thinking about recently is how Dougherty described how she was in tug of war in supporting her parents. Even thought she is with Emma she still wants to love her Dad and Mom, and both of them are trying to use her against each other.
I dont know, I thought it was an interesting Idea.
It is an interesting idea, and one of the main reasons I made Madison's story with Emma more prominent was to create a parallel between Madison and Ren Seriwaza in my rewrite of GVK, as Madison would be trying to learn from the mistakes of Emma and build a better future. Meanwhile, Ren is intent on undoing Ishiro's work due to his anger and resentment of his father's fascination of the Titans, as it made Ren feel lesser to him.
Thats a cool concept. It would also make ren a more interesting character as well.
Totally would, and the way I'd make it is that since the two don't meet in my or the OG version of GVK...there would be a more subtle lining to that.
them meeting could be interesting though.
True. Should I do a re-rewrite of GVK?
'Cause I have kind of my own pitch anyways for the future.
only if you want to.
I dont want to like make you feel like you have to
yes rewrite King of the Monsters
You mean GVK.
yeah that one
Cool, just did.