Godzilla: King of the Monsters is out and it opened with $49 million at the domestic box office, a start well below 2014’s Godzilla ($93 million). The movie has plenty of throwaway shots of Titans shambling around and causing destruction but when it comes to them actually fighting, it shortchanges audiences with only a few meetups. We do get, however, some frame-worthy shots elsewhere, and one of them caught the eye of a webcomic creator, Ernest Ng. Particularly, the one where Godzilla is blasting his breath into the sky.
Ernest couldn’t figure out how the beast was able to keep afloat so he went on a quest to find out. Armed with creativity and a sense of humor, he tried to imagine what was happening beneath the surface. “This problem was pointed out by my friend Dan Khoo so I tried to figure [it out],” he wrote. “Maybe the real problem is that I think too much.”
The artist is quite familiar with Hollywood’s take on the classic franchise. “I’ve seen the 2014 Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island,” Ernest told Bored Panda. “I remember watching the old ones as a kid but can’t remember much about them. I only recall Mechagodzilla and Mecha-King Ghidorah.”
This moment in particular caught Ernest’s attention when he was watching the trailer of the movie. “I thought it was hilarious,” he said. “I tend to think too much when I watch movies hence I tend to ruin movies for myself.”
“My friend Dan and I talked about [this shot] after coming out of the cinema and I just thought about it as a joke, ‘there could be a lot of underwater possibilities if you think about it.’ I know, it’s just a movie and I shouldn’t take it seriously but I just wanted to share my thoughts.”
Ernest drew the illustrations the same night he came back home after the movie.
So far, critics haven’t been kind to the movie. It has only 39% on Rotten Tomatoes with critics saying that “Godzilla: King of the Monsters delivers spectacular kaiju action — and reaffirms that cutting-edge effects are still no substitute for a good story.”
The Guardian wasn’t feeling the movie at all. It gave Godzilla: King of the Monsters just one star out of five, saying that it’s beastly in all the wrong ways. “The tussle for power between giant monsters and humans is a timeless theme tackled by the likes of Transformers, Jurassic Park, and Pacific Rim franchises with varying degrees of success. The problem with Hollywood’s latest take, Michael Dougherty’s reimagining of the Japanese studio Toho’s famous kaiju series, is not its predictability, but its utter gracelessness.”
“The ugly visual effects are outdone only by the sound design, which is relentlessly loud and thunderingly tedious,” the review said. “Verbal exchanges between the humans are devoid of wit and barely functional in communicating the story.”