Everybody loves to watch giant monsters fight. It’s an age-long experiment that started as far back as the early 60s when the first Godzilla versus Kong was released in technicolour. It took the world by storm, and it made cinema history at that time.
Now, fast forward to 2021 – after we have seen two Godzilla movies and a very good King Kong Movie – we have been wowed by these two behemoths, and it is only right that we get a modern-day Godzilla versus Kong remake, especially since the producers are creating their own monster universe akin to Marvel cinematic universe.
Like every good mashup project, we get a return of all key characters from both franchises. Although an argument can be made that the characters are underdeveloped, we do not care.
Kong fans also fail to notice the absence of Tom Hiddleston’s character from the Kong franchise. There’s a reason for it, however – which is the over forty years gap between “Kong Skull Island” and “Godzilla versus Kong”.
However, one would think that, at least, a reference should be made to the character in some way. This brings me to my point that the human characters are secondary in the movie. While performances from the characters were good, they weren’t so great. The key cast includes returning characters from both franchises such as; Millie Bobby Brown as Madison Russell; Alexander Skarsgard as Dr. Nathan Lind; Rebecca Hall as Ilane Andrews; and Kyle Chandler as Mark Russell.
The characters act as mere support to the monsters – to help communicate their story and intention so much that they like stories of their own. There is, of course, a comic relief that came from two main characters in the movie, Julian Dennison as Josh valentine and Brian Tyree Henry as Bernie Hayes. They do a good job that keeping the entire movie fun-filled with their goofiness.
As expected from previous franchises, the cinematography and direction of this movie were just over the top. Seeing this movie in 3D could very well make you pee on yourself as the monsters often look like they’re about to tear their way through the screen. Director Adam Wingard did a good job of making the monsters so big that the screen the cinema can barely fit them. I recommend that you see this movie in a cinema, and not on your mobile device or television at home – you would not feel the intensity of the action.
If you have access to a 3D cinema in your state or country, then it is better. Now, we all go to watch giant monster movies for the fights and not the logic or the performances of the characters, so, on that note, this movie did extremely well as we get to see the kings of monsters face off for the title.
- Excellent cinematography: Monsters are practically popping off the screen.
- Great effects: Kong and Godzilla look ultra-realistic.
- An excess of fight scenes will keep you glued to your seat and very far from the bathroom.
- The movie ends with us wanting even more.
- We do not care about the human characters.
- We understand the 40-year gap, but no reference was made to Tom Hiddleston.
- The characters are secondary, and most of them are necessary.
Score: 4/5. Wildly entertaining.