Movie: Godzilla vs. Kong
Godzilla vs. Kong Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Rebecca Hall, Kaylee Hottle, Demian Bichir, Brian Tyree Henry, Eiza González, Millie Bobby Brown
Godzilla vs. Kong Director: Adam Wingard
Where to Watch: In theatres
While Marvel and DC's superhero universes have been hitherto ruling the roost, the monster-verse has slowly crept up with its own inter-connecting franchise of titans taking each other own in an all-out slugfest, reminding humans that they're no longer the dominant species. While 2014's Godzilla (a very different version to the 1998 one, truer to TOHO's Japanese monster movies) started the ball rolling, 2017's Kong: Skull Island really brought the monster universe into its own, followed by a wonderful return of every one of Japan's classic monsters in 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Now Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures takes the monsterverse forward with another smashing entry (literally and figuratively) courtesy Godzilla vs. Kong, with Hollywood's greatest monster of all, King Kong, taking on Japan's colossal titan.
So, are you excited about what to watch this weekend or what to watch this week and wondering whether Godzilla vs. Kong is worth the trip to the theatre? Scroll down for my full Godzilla vs. Kong review...
What's it about
Godzilla has returned, and this time, unlike in King of the Monsters, he seems to have it in for the human race, which is where King Kong comes into picture as our new protector. However, Godzilla has been incense by a new deceptive ploy orchestrated by a bunch of humans who cannot come to terms with no longer being the apex predator on earth, and it's left to see if Godzilla and Kong can keep their difference aside to take on the new threat.
Check out the Godzilla vs. Kong trailer here... VIDEO
Godzilla vs Kong is directed to near "popcorn" perfection by one of Hollywood's most exiting young horror filmmakers, Adam Wingard (You're Next, The Guest), who brings all his horror expertise to deliver a terror-fic smash-em, sock-em, and even scare-em sci-fi extravaganza. Thankfully, he doesn't go for the overkill in pitting Godzilla against King Kong, dedicating three major sequences to their bouts, which are alone worth the price of admission.
The entire world building and backstory to the legend of the monsters is also carried forward well from the previous installment, with major props for this going to writers Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein as also the production design unit for executing their vision. The editing by Josh Schaeffer's is an improvement as it was thr one avenue where Godzilla: King of the Monsters faltered. And though the human interaction doesn't take centrestage, the performances by Alexander Skarsgard, Rebecca Hall, Kaylee Hottle, Demian Bichir, Brian Tyree Henry, Eiza González and Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown hold fort admirably whenever required of them.
It wouldn't have hurt to include more human angle into the plot, something King of the Monsters had done better. Plus, Tom Holkenborg's background score is a notch below as compared to Godzilla vs. Kong's predecessor. Additionally, the world building, as well as it's been taken forward, could've done with a bit more exploration.
Godzilla vs. Kong is a the big-screen mashup we've been waiting for ages in theatres ever since lockdown struck. And for diehard fans of TOHO's original Japanese monster movies, the climax is nothing short of an orgasmic, retro, theme-park ride, almost seeming like two heroes joining hands to take on a more powerful villain. I'm going with 4 out of 5 stars.
4 out of 5
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