Godzilla vs. Kong
By James Davidson
“Godzilla vs. Kong” is the latest installment in the cinematic “Monsterverse”, a saga featuring iconic cinematic monsters. This movie pits two iconic “Alpha Titans” of cinematic history against each other in a battle for domination. There is only enough room for one Alpha Titan on earth, which one will emerge victorious? Or will a new contender emerge? “Godzilla vs. Kong” was released on March 31st 2021. It was released in theaters and is also available on the HBO Max streaming service.
Although I’m not up to date on the “Monsterverse”, I have only seen the previous “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”, I was excited to see these two staples of cinematic lore battle it out between each other. I was hoping for some exciting, big, gigantic battle scenes, and some stunning visuals and special effects. I was not disappointed.
I wasn’t expecting much in the way of story, or writing, I figured that most of this film would be two gigantic monsters smashing each other. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the plot was actually engaging and interesting. The story held my attention in the short downtime moments between action scenes and actually had some substance to it.
While the story is somewhat interesting, the main reason I wanted to see this movie was for the action scenes and special effects, and this movie did not disappoint in those aspects. There was very little downtime between action scenes as the film did not make me wait through the entire movie before giving me what I came for. Godzilla and King Kong square off early and often in this film and the action sequences are incredible. The CGI is very well done and not fake looking at all. All of the fight scenes were incredibly exciting and kept me on the edge of my seat wondering who would emerge victorious. The filmmakers did a wonderful job at paying homage to the original monster movies, even introducing Mechagodzilla.
The visual effects in the movie were stunning and beautiful to see. When the movie goes to King Kong and Godzilla’s homeland it is incredibly beautiful and well put together. As with the fight scenes, the CGI for the visuals is wonderfully done. It’s not overdone or fake looking and looks almost like it was filmed on location instead of computer generated.
This movie is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of creature violence/destruction, and brief language. Other than some obvious violence between the monsters, this movie would be appropriate for most preteen to teenage children and would make a great family night movie.
“Godzilla vs. Kong” is a fun monster flick with some incredible action and a surprisingly substantial story. I will definitely be watching the other films in this series to catch up as I was a bit lost through some of the story. I think this would be a great family night movie and a must see for anyone who is a fan of the classic monster movies. The film is a great update to a beloved classic. It earns 4 out of 5 stars.