LET THEM FIGHT!
In the mid-2010s, Hollywood seized another chance with the film in the legendary Japanese giant kaiju monster creation Godzilla;; Presenting viewers with a potential first episode in a planned shared film universe called “MonsterVerse”. Beginning with Godzilla 2014, this shared cinematic universe followed the story of several people who witnessed the rise of several monstrous creatures identified as massive unidentified terrestrial organisms (MUTO for short), with only one potentially able to save humanity from annihilation. Although the film received mixed reviews, Godzilla was considered a box office hit and planned sequels to expand that MonsterVerse franchise were lit in green. In 2017 Kong: Skull Island was released and acted as the second entry in this shared cinematic universe of giant monsters, as well as a prequel spin-off feature that introduces viewers to the MonsterVerse version of the famous giant ape. Structuring the narrative as a precursor to the events of the first film. Like in old times, Kong: Skull Island faced mixed reviews but still produced a sizeable box office return. In 2019 Godzilla: King of the Monstersthe third entry in the franchise was published; A sequel to the 2014 film, Godzilla followed the battle of mankind when he encountered other giant kaiju beings such as Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah in the battle for supremacy. Like its predecessors, the film had mixed reviews, but it proved successful at the box office. Now Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and director Adam Wingard present the fourth chapter of this MonsterVerse franchise Godzilla versus Kong. Does this latest entry prove to be a “fight for eternity” in the vast Kaiju realm, or is the film encumbered with superfluous human drama?
Five after the battle, Godzilla defeated Ghidorah and the monster has remained hidden. Still, skepticism about the proclaimed “King of the Monsters” remains high when Godzilla suddenly attacks the Apex Cybernetics facility with an unintended motive behind the destruction. Walter Simmons (Demian Bichir), CEO of Apex, and Ren Serizawa (Shun Orguri), scientist, approach former monarch employee Dr. Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgard) on a journey to Hollow Earth, the infamous hidden birthplace of the Titans deep underground, looking for a special source of energy and needing help to reach the region’s powerful anti-gravity field . Dr. Lind’s search brings him to Skull Island. Finding Dr. Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall), an anthropological linguist of the monarchs, who is now in charge of Kong’s maintenance in a containment dome. The giant monkey bonds with Andrews’ adopted deaf daughter Jia (Kaylee Hottle). Dr. Lind needs Kong to lead the mission to gain access to Hollow Earth. He is a witness to the powerful power of the creature and its need to find its place in the world. During their expedition to the entrance to this hidden world, Kong’s journey is interrupted by Godzilla, who is angry and refuses to give life to another Alpha Titan. Also embroiled in her own mission is conspiracy theorist podcaster Bernie Hayes (Brian Tyree Henry), which includes Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown, the daughter of Dr. Mark Russell (Kyle Chandler) and Josh Valentine (Julian Dennison) Snooping around an Apex facility trying to get to the bottom of Godzilla’s newfound aggression, all of these threads collide when it comes time for Kong to battle Godzilla and decide which Alpha Titan rules over the other.
THE GOOD / THE BAD
The Godzilla Movies have always been a point of fascination for anyone who was an icon on their own and has proven themselves to be the cult favorites of the classic Japanese Godzilla movie franchise. Of course I’ve seen some of the older Japanese (dubbed with English) and of course I found them to be cheesy “old school” giant monster features (i.e. more action in the first half while the second half is more of the action) . The 2014 version of Godzilla seems a bit better than 1998’s Godzilla, but I still wasn’t particularly impressed with the movie, especially since the movie focused more on “human drama” than the epic giant monster rampage fights that many movie-goers get wanted to see. Much was the same with what I thought about 2017 Kong: Skull Island. It definitely had more visual flair than it did in 2014 Godzilla and had many recognizable acting talents that I liked (i.e., Hiddleston, Larson, Goodman, Jackson, etc.), but the movie felt totally boring and just mediocre. Yes, it was a cool introduction to Kong in this MonsterVerse, but it just felt appropriate, which didn’t really impress me. 2019 Godzilla: King of the MonstersHowever, it was something else that I liked as it felt more like a classic Godzilla movie, especially with a stronger emphasis on the huge monster battles and the great spectacle of it all. Also, as mentioned above, I loved seeing more classic monsters from the franchise like Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. Yes, some of the character bits were really weak (i.e. the Madison Russell character just screamed and cried throughout the film and Emma Russell’s subjects were confusing and vague) but I thought so Godzilla: King of the Monsters was perhaps the best of the MonsterVerse franchises to date.
Of course that turns around again Godzilla versus Kong, the fourth and newest film in the MonsterVerse franchise from WB / Legendary. Of course, an announcement was imminent after the favorable box office success / reception Godzilla: King of the Monsters and promise a titanic fight between Godzilla and Kong with the next entry, which will fuel the anticipation and hype for the upcoming episode. Like many out there, I was excited to see these two giant monsters fight and looked forward to seeing it for years to come. Beyond small snippets here and there the newsfeed in the area Godzilla versus Kong was a bit quiet and went under the radar. To be honest, I kind of forgot about this film from time to time. Obviously I was looking forward to seeing it, but the feature wasn’t that much talked about on the various movie / movie websites I talked about a lot. Even so, the movie kept popping up and I wondered when this movie will be released. Even the movie trailer for the movie took a while to get released. Release in late January 2021. Even the film itself has been delayed. So it can be said that I was a little suspicious Godzilla versus Kong. Still, I like a huge monster fight, especially when the movie is about these two famous kaiju monsters. Fortunately, a date was finally confirmed and the film was due to premiere in both theaters and on HBO Max. Since I have HBO Max, I decided to watch Godzilla versus Kong from the comfort of my home. And what did I think of it? Was it the ultimate battle of the giant monsters? In a word … no, but still entertaining. In truth, Godzilla vs. Kong is a funny and visually blockbuster giant monster film that is fun but burdened by extremely weak characters and a predictable pace of action. It’s not the best in the MonsterVerse range, but it turns out to be a fun ride nonetheless.
Godzilla versus Kong The director is Adam Wingard, whose previous director The host, You are the next one, and The Blair Witch. Given his background in directing, Wingard makes this particular film his most ambitious and blockbuster endeavor to date. Approaching this hyped project with a sense of familiarity and fun within its spectacle. Of the former, this so-called familiarity brings out a bit of what I would call contempt (as the saying goes), but given the general nature and attraction of seeing a Godzilla / giant monster feature, it can be forgiven (for the um all sake). Wingard certainly supplies the latter on this front; Approach the feature with a sense of sheer spectacle and achieve that. As you’d expect, most of the viewers out there come to see it Godzilla versus Kong with the intent of the fight between the famous Titan monsters in the Titanic Battle, which has not been seen since the last time the two competed (about fifty years ago). Fortunately, filmmaking and the technology that results from it has been updated and refined over the past few decades. This is a ripe opportunity to have such a reunion between Godzilla and Kong to show the so-called “Duke it out” again on the big screen. With this in mind, Wingard structures the film according to this main concept idea. The representation of such a “Rock’em Sock’em” Battle Royale between the two Titan monsters is entertaining entertainment for a blockbuster appeal. The fight itself is carried out quite well, with Wingard setting the stage for such a grandiose brawl that will be (or rather is) the main highlight of the feature.
Also, Wingard seems to know what kind of movie he’s making, and while there are some poignant and dramatic moments in some cases, he does know some of the cheesy / goofy moments that come with such a project. Hence, the nuances associated with a film about giant monsters fighting each other are always present, and Wingard seems to consistently acknowledge such tropes and tones. There are also a few interesting terms that extend the MonsterVerse lore, like the Hollow Earth concept that is fully implemented in the film, as well as tying together events from previous features … as if some of the previous parts led to this match between a monstrous lizard and a huge monkey. Additionally, Wingard keeps the movie’s attention on the main story at work (for better or worse) rather than going for side tangents. Focusing the narrative on the main characters and the two titanic monsters who are brought together to fight. Because of this, the film has a steady pace for most of the features Wingard does Godzilla versus Kong have an airy term; Single bars with a length of approximately 113 minutes (one hour and fifty-three minutes). All in all, if you get into the movie and are looking for a full-scale battle between Godzilla and Kong for the joyous spectacle of it all … you will enjoy this movie.
Regarding the presentation, Godzilla versus Kong is a visually stunning film that definitely does justice to the entire giant monster species and delivers the spectacle. Whatever a person’s opinion on this movie, most will likely praise the visual appeal of the movie and how well the CGI effects shots are at bringing this world (and all of its large-scale action set pieces) to the left . Of course, the detail effects used to bring both Godzilla and Kong to life remain true to the MonsterVerse franchise’s guidelines, but include a lot more detail in this presentation so their appearances in the film are the best this cinematic universe has to offer has to offer has to offer. The movie’s CGI visual effects are heavily aided in the feature’s fight sequences which (as mentioned) are great and have great blockbuster popcorn appeal in some fight sequences. especially in relation to the climatic third act of the film. There’s also the depiction of Hollow Earth, the mythical hidden land the Titans came from, heavily laden with CGI footage but capturing a visually stunning new place for the MonsterVerse to go and explore. Loved it. So I have to commend all of the movie’s CGI assistants for their efforts Godzilla versus Kong such a bright and detailed visual feast for the eyes.
Additionally, Ben Seresin’s camerawork in the film is really good; Creating some very dynamic and creative camera shots and angles throughout the film. This of course makes Godzilla vs. Kong fun and unique scenes that (combined with the impressive CGI footage) are entertaining in a blockbuster popcorn endeavor. The other members of the “behind the scenes” team, including the entire Art Direction team, Tom Hammock and Owen Paterson (production designs), Rebecca Cohen and Ronald R. Reiss (set decor), and Ann Foley (costume designs), are sure to be yours Efforts will do justice to the film in making the background / setting of the feature appealing to the film. Finally, the film’s score, composed by Tom Holkenberog (aka Junkie XL), offers a solid musical composition. Projection of the right amount of energetic bombast throughout the feature within its colliding antics of huge monster action sequences. As a side note, there are some musical song selections in the film that I found amusing, especially the ones at the end of the feature.
Unfortunately, there are some elements holding the film back. Manufacturing Godzilla versus Kong not quite as outstanding and / or memorable of what it is supposed to be. Perhaps the most common that many can agree on is the entire “human element” that the feature represents. This was also the case with the previous function. Find Godzilla: King of the Monsters Projection of rather weak characters (placements and overall development) in the film. Unfortunately, that can also be said Godzilla versus Kong by doing the same thing, ditching much of the human character’s screen time in favor of huge monster battle sequences. Because of this, many (if not all) all of the human characters in the movie are sadly boring and terribly underdeveloped. maybe worse than in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Yes, I understand that this is part of the genome of such a feature and is probably the more favorable decision (see the review in 2014) Godzilla), but characters also need a little more substance to leave a lasting impression. Aside from likely one, almost all of the human characters in the movie are thinly sketched and don’t have much attachment to them … aside from the actors who play them. So it’s a kind of give and take scenario. Even so, the human component of Godzilla versus Kong is pretty boring and boring (more on that below), and perhaps the worst in the entire MonsterVerse franchise.
Another point of criticism I have about the film is the general narrative path the feature takes. This is a combination of Wingard’s direction and the script for the film. Written by Terry Rossio, Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields, Eric Pearson, and Max Borenstein, one might think the story might have been “spiced up” and / or “spiced up” a bit, especially considering that Dougherty, Shields, and Borenstein worked on some earlier MonsterVerse features. What I mean? Well, the story is pretty thin and thin…. even for a huge monster movie. Heck, from all the MonsterVerse movies so far, Godzilla versus Kong has perhaps the weakest narrative; Stringing together some vague events, explanations and representations for a paved version of a story. Again, I don’t think people will see a dramatic Oscar-worthy story while watching Godzilla vs. Kong, but the narrative presented is pretty limited. drum up a lot of convenience plot points and nonsense and some stunned, incredulous suspense shows. Additionally, the film’s story / script is quite silly at times, with lots of predictable plot points, despite the fact that the film tries to throw curve balls with various twists and turns. Again, it’s all part of the genetic makeup for a huge monster movie, but I would have loved to see more of the story have better substance. All in all, the story of Godzilla versus Kong is functional but limited and quite cheesy at times.
As a minor point of criticism, the film’s trailer finally revealed who would be the winner of the two giant monsters. I’m not saying the trailer was bad or anything, but when you watch it it’s easy to see who is most likely going to be the “top monster” in the movie, and I found that a bit disappointed. Again, I thought to myself who would be the winner before that, but … you get what I’m talking about.
Of course, the two giant alpha titans Godzilla and Kong were the film’s “big stars” (in the truest sense of the word). Similar to how he was portrayed, of course Godzilla and Godzilla: King of the Monstersthe giant lizard is like a force of nature; A monstrous Titan who is somewhat indifferent to the people of the world and who fights for supremacy against other Alpha Apex predators … hence the name “King of the Monsters”. It definitely works in this movie and Godzilla himself is a great monster with Godzilla versus Kong give the giant lizard creature a different shade; shows that the monster cannot and should not be justified with … Kong, on the other hand, is a completely different animal. The film shows the giant ape a lot more compassion and emotional thinking behind its bestial size and size. Though Kong is still a brutal Titan and has the strength and power to face Godzilla himself from head to toe. Together, both giant monsters are great joy when seen on screen. both separately and in battle against each other.
The man interjected Godzilla versus Kong Here the film is complaining about the function. Of course, the acting talents are good, especially with a lot of recognizable actors and actresses associated with the project (as seen in the previous installments of MonsterVerse). However, the time allotted for most of these characters is extremely limited. Create some of the thinnest caricatures and cookie cutter caricatures out of the MonsterVerse. Overall, the film has three separate groupings of characters that viewers follow that I will examine. The first grouping (I’ll call them Group A) is in the characters of Dr. Nathan Lind, Dr. Ilene Andrews and Jia, who follow Kong for most of the movie’s journey. Of this grouping, the worst (and weakest) character can be found in Dr. Lind, played by Alexander Skarsgard (Real blood and Battleship). Skarsgard is a good actor and certainly makes for a capable lead character, especially for blockbusters. Dr. Lind is quite boring, however, and is presented in broad terms, which makes it quite difficult for us to hold onto his character and some of his more emotional moments, including a somewhat vague backstory involving his brother. Thus, Lind is caricature-architype as one of the main characters that is really going nowhere.
Dr. Andrews, who is played by actress Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3 and The Town). Like Skarsgard, Hall has played many acting roles throughout her character, which makes her a recognizable actress. Giving a little credibility to this particular characteristic. Hall is doing as well as Andrews and he is certainly able to make the character a little higher than Dr. To make Lind’s character. That being said, Dr. Andrew’s character development doesn’t have a lot of substance. make the character insubstantial. All in all, Halls Andrews was good and served its purpose in Godzilla versus Kong Narrative. Whoever does best in this group (and in the entire film) may be the youngest acting talent in Godzilla versus Kongwith actress Kaylee Hottle, who made her debut with Godzilla versus Kong and who plays the character of Jia, a young deaf girl who has a special relationship with Kong. She’s definitely cute and adds a lot of emotional weight to the movie, especially in terms of her relationship with the giant monkey herself, but it’s pretty impressive that Hottle is deaf himself (I definitely salute the filmmakers for hiring someone to actually deaf is to play such a role in the film) and that it wears itself quite well. In the end, Hottles Jia is the most memorable character in the entire film.
Next, the characters in Group B or more (in general) become redundant and mostly serve the movie by filling in certain plot points and trying to bring comic book relief in their respective screen time. At the head of Group B is actress Millie Bobby Brown (Strange things and Enola Holmes) returning to repeat it Godzilla: King of the Monsters Role of Madison Russell. While I think her character is a little more mature and has a little more to do than in the previous film (all she did was cry and scream King of the monsters) there isn’t much for her character Godzilla versus Kong. Hence, Brown’s Madison is mainly featured in this film to achieve a continuity aspect and nuance that gives the MonsterVerse some familiar faces. Behind her the actor Brian Tyree Henry (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and If Beale Street could talk) is perhaps the more experienced acting talent of Group B, playing the character of Bernie Hayes, a technician at Apex Cybernetics who is also a conspiracy theorist. I understand where they’re going with this character, and I believe Henry tried to make the character humorous with his quick-talking joke, but the character is pretty much redundant and serves the story a lot aside from a few clues to the plot and comedic ease. Most recently the character of Josh Valentine, a friend of Madison Russell, played by actor Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2 and hunt for the wilder people), is pretty pointless in Godzilla versus Kong. The character is pretty much redundant and while Dennison tries to make fun of the character, he ultimately isn’t and is only there for the ride … and that’s it! As a side note, actor Kyle Chandler (Super 8 and Argo) returns to repeat his role as Mark Russell from Godzilla: King of the Monster. Though his screen time is quite limited, in the film it is delegated as a glorified cameo.
After all, Group C is mostly about the vicious / antagonistic characters of the movie who go up against the people found in Groups A and B. The characters consist of Apex CEO Walter Simmons, son of the late monarch scientist Ren Serizawa, and Simmons daughter Maya Simmons. From this group comes the character of Walter Simmons, who was played by the actor Demian Bichir (The hateful eight and The resentment), Tariffs best; play up the general cheesiness of the character. Yes, there’s nothing exactly new or groundbreaking in his portrayal of Walter Simmons, but given the nature of Wingard’s tones and what exactly the movie he wants to make in Godzilla vs. Kong, Bichir’s Walter is perfectly fine. Perhaps the most disappointing of all is the character of Ren Serizawa, starred by actor Shun Oguri (Weathering with you and Not a human anymore). I say this because the character is a bit glossed over throughout the film. Yes, we know that he is the son of Dr. Ishiro Serizawa’s and Oguri gives a fair impression of the imitation of actor Ken Watanabe’s dialect speech, but the film gives any kind of backstory or reasoning behind Ren’s character. Is he good? Is he bad Is he following in his father’s footsteps? Has he got lost on the way? The motives behind him are ambiguous and vague, and the film never gives time to analyze it. Making Ren Serizawa pretty redundant and memorable. Most recently the character of Maya, played by the actress Eiza Gonzalez (Alita: Battle Angel and infant driver) is absolutely unforgettable in the grand scheme of things that happen in Godzilla versus Kong. That doesn’t mean Gonzalez is playing badly, but that her character is completely unnecessary. The character of Maya is surprisingly underutilized and can be completely cut out of the film. She probably wouldn’t upset the overall flow of the story.
Legends collide with each other and fight for supremacy in the film Godzilla versus Kong. In director Adam Wingard’s latest film, the MonsterVerse franchise shows its two leading titans in a grand spectacle of a battle. Take the fourth part of the series with some visually entertaining action sequences. While the film is weighed down by weaker human character development, pointless storylines, and predictable narratives, it manages to generate a lot of visual fun for a huge monster fight, expand on some interesting lore bits, and have an airy running time. For me, this film was somewhere between okay and good. I don’t think it was super awesome as some viewers imagine, but it sure was a fun blockbuster popcorn movie. Personally, I still think so Godzilla: King of the Monsters was better and is still the best entry in the MonsterVerse. But again…. That’s just my opinion on the matter. Still my recommendation for Godzilla versus Kong is a favorable “recommendation” as I am sure many people will enjoy this expected giant monster feature. The end of the film is kind of an open feeling, which certainly begs the question of whether the MonsterVerse continues. Another Godzilla movie? Another Kong? Another monster? It’s hard to tell, but given the reception Godzilla versus Kong a fifth episode in this cinematic universe seems likely. Whether this is not the case or not, Godzilla versus Kong is a fun yet pointless popcorn movie that is sure to delight huge monster fans. Boring human character components and a breathtaking CGI spectacle are produced throughout the process. In short, take the movie a little bit of face and enjoy the ride.
3.5 out of 5 (recommended)
Published on: March 31, 2021
Reviewed on: April 5, 2021
Godzilla versus Kong is 113 minutes long and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence / creature destruction and short language