To paraphrase Lex Luthor’s line from 2016’s Cinematic disappointment know as “Batman VS. Superman.” “The greatest gladiator match in the history of Kaiju. God VS. King, Dinosaur VS. Ape, The King Of Monsters VS. The King Of Skull Island. I’m obviously referring to “Godzilla VS. Kong.”
Godzilla VS. Kong is currently out in theaters and streaming on HBO Max. So far, it’s making enough money at the box office and earned good reviews from critics, fans, movie goers and streamers alike.
Originally slated to come out in 2020, the ongoing COVID-19 forced Warner Bros. (WB for short) to postpone the film next year. WB made a business plan to release all their films in theaters and stream on HBO Max simultaneously. Then, their plan will expire in 2022 letting consumers go to the movies. I hope a potential vaccine might put an end to this global predicament. I placed Godzilla VS. Kong as part of my “Top 12 Anticipated Films Of 2020.” If you wanna check out my thoughts on it prior to COVID-19, don’t be shy.
Today’s review doesn’t contain no crucial SPOILERS. Feel free to read my non-spoiler article. Is Godzilla VS. King Kong worth the wait? Let’s find out shall we?
Strong & Weak Aspects
Strong: Millie Bobby Brown & Kyle Chandler reprise their roles. They both did a decent job for their respective performances.
Newcomers to the MonsterVerse such as Alexander Skarsgård, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Julian Dennison, Lance Reddick & Demián Bichir all did a decent job for their respective performances.
Andy Serkis reprises his role uncredited as Godzilla via motion capture. He did an awesome job. Andy also portrayed King Kong in Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake. Kyle Chandler was also in the remake before he starred in ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters” and Godzilla VS. Kong.
Eric Pearson (Thor: Ragnarok) & Max Borenstein wrote the script together. The latter wrote previous installments of the MonsterVerse.
Adam Wingard did a great job directing the film.
Action Sequences were amazing witnessing two icons duking it up like Connor McGregor VS. Floyd Mayweather’s boxing match.
Cinematography was shot well capturing epic battles, unique locations and showing us the two monsters in all their glory.
Monarch factors in monitoring Kaiju in like S.H.I.E.L.D. monitoring superheroes and supervillains from the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” or MCU for short.
Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road, Deadpool, Zack Snyder’s Justice League) scored the music. He also scored the music from Godzilla: King Of The Monsters.
Visual Effects brought Godzilla & Kong to life using motion capture, rather than a guy wearing a suit. We’ve come a long way to giant monsters showing off their kinetic fighting skills with the help of Computer Animation. Stuntmen in suits back then, had limits when it comes to miniatures, models, rear/front projection (blue screen prototype) and set pieces. Anybody can make complex action scenes with cutting edge technology evolving. Don’t get me wrong, I like Practical Effects. I prefer both Practical and C.G.I. as long as they don’t look fake.
Sound Effects were pretty good. Godzilla’s trademark roar is retained.
There’s a legit reason why Godzilla is against humanity. All I can say is in fact, “makes perfect sense.” If you’ve already seen it. You get it.
The film is set five years after the events of Godzilla: King Of The Monsters taking place in 2024.
There’s a massive surprise. I refuse to spill the beans. You’re gonna have to see for yourself, because this review is classified.
Unlike the original from The Early 60’s when The U.S. & Japan contains two endings from the victor. The 2021 version doesn’t contain no alternate ending. In the words of Optimus Prime, “One shall stand, one shall fall.” Again, this review is classified.
The 2021 version is taken seriously with less cheesy moments from “The Shōwa Era.”
Weak: Remember that one weapon Kong was carrying in the trailers? There’s no further context on where it really originated.
The Final Verdict: A-
Godzilla VS. King Kong is worth the price of admission if you want to see in theaters or stream on HBO Max. It’s your call. If you’re gonna go see it in a theater? Make sure you bring a mask and hand sanitizer. Who are you rooting for Godzilla or Kong? I’m on Team Godzilla. What does the future of the MonsterVerse has in stored? I have no confirmation if they’re gonna produce more chapters focusing on individual characters like Meagalon, (my all time favorite Kaiju) Mothra, Gamera, Rodan or anybody from Godzilla’s rogue gallery. I’m interested in an American adaptation of “Ultraman.” “Pacific Rim” brought giant robots to life, how about Ultraman? Please WB make this become a reality. As of April 2021, Godzilla VS. King Kong is one of my favorite films of 2021 alongside “Zack Snyder’s Justice League.” Which Kaiju do you want to see deserves a solo film? Please leave a comment.