Released in cinemas and on HBO Max simultaneously, ‘Godzilla vs. Kong‘ is the latest entry in Legendary Pictures and Warner Media’s MonsterVerse film series. It is directed by Adam Wingard.
Five years after the previous film, Kong is being isolated on Skull Island by Monarch. Using a young deaf Iwi girl named Jia (Kaylee Hottle) who knows sign language, Monarch exec Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall) communicates with him. Meanwhile, Bernie Hayes (Brian Tyree Henry) works as a low-level engineer at the cybernetics company Apex at their Florida branch. He tries to get info on a secret project and releases updates on an anonymous podcast.
To everyone’s surprise, Godzilla attacks Apex, forcing company CEO Walter Simmons (Demián Bichir) to evacuate with his associate Ren Serizawa (Shun Oguri) to Hong Kong. Despite discouragement from her father Dr. Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler), Madison (Millie Bobby Brown), and her friend Josh (Julian Dennison) decide to locate Bernie to discover Apex’s secret project. Simmons enlists Hollow Earth conspiracy theorist Dr. Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgård) to help Simmons’ daughter Maia (Eiza González) move Kong. After recruiting Andres and Jia, they board Kong on a boat, but soon Godzilla senses the giant ape’s presence. This leads to an epic clash of Titans where only one will be crowned king.
I have two qualms with the story. Godzilla is set-up as the antagonist with Kong clearly meant to be the hero. I honestly think that they should have made neither of them be set-up in a hero versus villain manner. Also, Godzilla has way less screen time. He is the cooler Titan and I think he should have given at least equal footage.
With that out of the way, this movie is freakin’ awesome. The movie has three epic fight scenes between Godzilla and Kong. All of them are incredible with some of the best CGI sequences. Instead of doing close-up or strange angles to hide the CGI, the battle sequences are wide, allowing you to see the monster action. They are well-choreographed and are the highlight of the movie.
As for the story, I could have done without the humans. They added nothing and only served to commentate or explain certain plot points. The 1962 English version of the film King Kong vs. Godzilla used a news reporter broadcasting to explain what was happening and honestly, this would have worked for me. That being said, they are not so obtrusive that they interrupt the flow. One more thing, if you are looking for deep cinematic retrospection, stop. This is a monster movie. Grab some popcorn and have a good time.
Bottom line, Godzilla vs. Kong is a dynamite monster film with plenty of kaiju action to keep you entertained. It is fun, exciting, and one of the most well-made flicks to come from the MonsterVerse.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong monster violence, Rude behavior, Some foul language
FAVORITE QUOTE: The island is the one thing that’s kept him isolated. If he leaves, Godzilla will come for him. There can’t be two alpha Titans. The whole theory of an ancient rivalry stems from Iwi mythology.
Check out the trailer below:
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