Godzilla to Kong fulfills its promise like a ferocious monster spectacle on an absolutely colossal scale. Cities are destroyed, armies destroyed, and countless CGI casualties fall to the beastly defeat of Hollywood’s classic titans. State-of-the-art visual effects and snippets of character development make up for the painstaking plot. The film juggles multiple predictable storylines, but is smart enough to keep the party marquee attractions central. It’s a grudge perfect for popcorn cinema and a sure crowd pleaser.
Godzilla vs Kong opens five years later on Skull Island. King Kong is kept under a huge artificial dome by the Monarch organization. He fights in captivity. But has developed a special bond with Jia (Kaylee Hottle), a deaf Iwi orphan in the care of Dr. Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall), the facility’s chief scientist. Meanwhile, in Pensacola, Florida, Godzilla attacks the Apex Cybernetics company for seemingly for no reason.
Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown) believes Godzilla is being provoked, much to the dismay of her father (Kyle Chandler). She’s convinced by a conspiracy podcast hosted by an engineer (Brian Tyree Henry) who has secretly infiltrated Apex. The company’s CEO (Demián Bichir) has a plan to address the alleged threat from Godzilla. He enlists a fringe scientist (Alexander Skarsgård) to help Dr. Andrews that King Kong is key to humanity’s Godzilla response.
Godzilla to Kong the alpha-titans has taken it epic on land and sea. They bite, scratch and pummel each other with malicious intent. The duels without restrictions make mincemeat of anything and everything in their way. Hong Kong takes a blow that would bankrupt every insurance company in the world. The water scenes have clear digital qualities, but don’t diminish the intricate scope of the action. I commend the filmmakers for their daring in well-lit environments. The CGI effects generally look incredible.
The plot has too many characters and moving parts. The film could easily have taken away several speaking roles. They add nothing to the story’s trajectory, which is long and unnecessarily complicated. King Kong is getting a bit of an emotional upgrade. He’s more intelligent and personable than half the cast. While Godzilla is just busy kicking and not worrying about feelings. I suppose a lizard brain with nuclear weapons has no need for self-reflection.
Don’t worry folks whether you’re in Team Kong or Team Godzilla, there is a winner in this Monsterverse fight. Godzilla to Kong does not deceive you of a clear winner. Their climactic battle makes sense. Even if the result is no surprise. The action is phenomenal and well worth the price of admission in itself. Godzilla to Kong it must see monster carnage. Try to watch this movie on the largest screen with the best possible sound system. Most theater chains are now open across the country with strict health and safety measures. Godzilla to Kong is a Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. It will be released theatrically and simultaneously on HBO Max on March 31.
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