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Godzilla Is No Match For The Genes Of Kurt Russell And Goldie Hawn

By Andrew Sanford | TV | August 18, 2023 |

By Andrew Sanford | TV | August 18, 2023 |


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I have tried desperately to enjoy the “Monsterverse” films released so far. Aside from Kong: Skull Island, I’ve mostly left underwhelmed. I love giant monsters, which are featured prominently. I hate Fenway Park, whose destruction is shown in graphic detail during the climax of King Of The Monsters. Godzilla vs. Kong had a giant robot monster that still did nothing for me.

It’s not that I go in with my guard up, either. Nor do I expect too much from these films. I want giant monster action, receive as much, and am still left wanting. I won’t compare it to Lucy holding a football for an oblivious Charlie Brown, because I don’t think the filmmakers (who are passionate and trying their hardest) have been trying to trick me. There’s just been something missing.

Now, a new Godzilla-laden project, titled Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, is due to hit our televisions. As has been the case so far, the mere inclusion of everyone’s favorite giant monster intrigues me automatically. My interest only grows thanks to this show being co-developed by comics genius Matt Fraction. I practically start sweating when I learn that the first two episodes are directed by It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia alum Matt Shakman. But wait, there’s more!

Not only are there some heavy-hitting creatives behind the camera, the people in front of it aren’t too shabby either. Since we’re fighting giant monsters, we need handsome fellas. As it seems that Kyle Chandler is no longer interested in tracking the insane family drama that permeated his time in the films, Apple is instead enlisting the help of Kurt Russell.

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Look at that man! Look at that hair! Oh, I’m sorry, one roguishly good-looking Russell isn’t enough for you? Look, I get it. So does Apple. Since this show will span decades, Kurt will be joined by his son Wyatt, who will be playing a younger version of Kurt’s character.

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I first saw Wyatt Russell in 22 Jump Street, forgot he was in that, and then saw him for the first time “again” in Overlord (my fault, not his). Since then, I have been happy to see him show up, even if the results aren’t that great.

Godzilla is back! How the show shakes out is anyone’s guess, but the ingredients pack a punch. A killer creative team, a couple of handsome leads, and a giant monster. What could go wrong?