GODZILLA VS. KONG : The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and DC Universe have made it clear forever that it’s a great formula to create a film series and bring together popular characters from different movies.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures were probably inspired by this aspect and created a monsterverse. After giving three movies in this universe – Godzilla , Kong: Skull Island  and Godzilla:
King of the Demons The fourth and most awaited movie is here – Godzilla Vs. Kong trailer has received an overwhelming response and the memes and jokes surrounding the epic battle in the film have contributed to the promotion of the film.
So Godzilla VS. KONG manages to give the audience a highly entertaining time? Or does it fail to impress? Let’s analyze.
GODZILLA VS. KONG is laced with a great story and build-up and the climax battle between the monsters is amazing.
Godzilla Vs. Kong is the story of a massive struggle between two titans. It’s a normal day at Apex Cybernetics’ Pensacola, Florida campus. Suddenly, Godzilla unprovoked attacks the company’s facility and causes massive destruction.
Till now Godzilla was seen as the savior of humanity but this incident makes him the villain of the world. Meanwhile, Monarch has kept Kong in a very wide circle at Skull Island. Dr. Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall) works at the facility as an anthropological linguist.
She is doing her best to communicate with Kong and understand his behavior patterns. To his surprise, he learns one day that his adopted mute daughter, Jia (Kaylie Hotel) manages to form a bond with Kong and communicate with him.
Dr. Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgard) is hired by the Apex chiefs, Ren Serizawa (Shun Oguri) and Walter Simmons (Damien Bichir), to base their research and a book on the Titans. Ren and Walter plan to lure Godzilla into Hollow Earth through an opening in Antarctica and then destroy him there.
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Godzilla and Kong have a long-standing rivalry and feel that if they manage to get Kong on Hollow Earth, Godzilla will follow and their objective can be achieved. In no time, Monarch allows Kong to take him to Antarctica for the mission. Kong is chained and taken away in a huge ship.
Dr. Illene, Jia, Dr. Nathan and a top-notch executive, Mya Simmons (Eiza Gonzalez), also accompany Kong on the ship. Dr. Illene orders a detour so they don’t go through Godzilla’s normal route while at sea. Nevertheless, Godzilla senses Kong’s presence and attacks the ape.
Kong manages to save himself but is seriously injured. With Jiya’s help, he recovers. Meanwhile, in Florida, Bernie Hayes (Brian Tyre Henry), a top employee, is running a podcast in which he tells his listeners that all is not well at the company. He finds an admirer in Madison (Millie Bobby Brown), the daughter of Monarch scientists Mark (Kyle Chandler) and the late Emma Russell.
She manages to track down Bernie. Bernie shares with him that a mysterious shipment is about to be sent to the Apex Complex in Hong Kong. To learn more about it, they infiltrate the nearly destroyed Apex facility in Pensacola, Florida. The two are also engaged to Madison’s nerdy friend, Josh Valentine (Julian Dennison). What happens next forms the rest of the film.
The story of Terry Rossio, Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields is gripping and has all the ingredients for a grand, cinematic spectacle. The screenplay by Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein is highly effective.
The focus is firmly on the battle between two demons and creation. Some of the human characters don’t get worthy screen space, but the writers compensate to some extent by giving some great scenes in the tracks of Gia and Bernie, Madison and Josh. The dialogues contribute greatly to the humor, especially in Bernie’s track.
Adam Wingard’s direction is simple and commercial. He makes the entire experience delicious for all types of audiences, especially the general public and family audiences.
What is commendable is that he gets a lot done in just 113 minutes. Although the two monsters come face to face for a limited time, the build-up is superbly done. Plus once they start fighting, the audience totally engages. In fact, he has handled the climax very well and it is definitely a must watch. value for money experience for the audience.
On the other hand, to see Godzilla as the villain may not go down well with a section of the audience, especially those who have been emotionally invested with the monster in the previous Monsterverse films. Secondly, in the process of focusing on Godzilla and Kong, the villainous track suffers. Opponents hardly have time to shine. As a result, his back story and his character inspiration are never properly explained.
Not only them, the characters of Dr. Ilene and Dr. Lind also suffer from weak characterization. In the end, it is surprising to see how quickly Kong is allowed to leave Skull Island and travel to Antarctica.
Knowing the dangers of Kong in the open ocean from Godzilla, a few minutes should have been spent showing Monarch and Apex management discussing the pros and cons of the mission.
Godzilla Vs. KONG starts on a very melodious note and the tone suddenly changes to a shocking one as we discover that although Kong is free-roaming in Skull Island, he is actually locked on all sides.
The attack on the Apex Facility in Florida has set the mood. Much of the first hour is spent introducing the characters, their motives, and of course, the grand voyage across the ocean with Kong. The first fight between Godzilla and Kong is extremely entertaining. But the first half is not just about thrill and action.
The emotional bond between Kong and Jia is sweet and adds a lot to the appeal of the film. After the interval, many unanswered questions are answered. The Kong experience in Hollow Earth and Antarctica is also worth a visit. But as expected, the best is reserved for the final.
The battle for the climax is epic in many ways. The film ends on a completely fair note.
Talking about the performances, Rebecca Hall has played her role very well. She gives her best even if her character is not fully developed. Kylie Hotel is like the soul of the film.
She expresses beautifully with her eyes and expressions and all her scenes are memorable. Alexander Skarsgard is fine and gets very limited scope. Brian Tyre Henry is highly entertaining as the talkative conspiracy theorist. He gets to know some of the best lines in the film.
Millie Bobby Brown acted confidently. Julian Dennison is entertaining. Shun Oguri and Damien Bichir are fine as the villains. Shun Oguri plays a character named Serizawa and this probably means that he is possibly related to Ishiro Serizawa, the Monarch hero who sacrificed his life in Godzilla:
King of the Monsters. But this connection is not mentioned in the film, not even for a second. Kyle Chandler is a part of the previous film in the series and this time around, his role is limited to a cameo. Eiza Gonzalez suits the part.
Junkie XL’s music score is thrilling. Sound mixing takes the entertainment up a notch. Ben Ceresin’s cinematography is stunning and combines fun and craziness. Tom Hammock and Owen Patterson’s production design is as rich and exquisite as the film demanded. Ann Foley’s costumes are realistic.
The action is perfect and thankfully it is neither too bloody nor violent. VFX is one of the pillars of the film. The special effects are out of the world and one can see that the series attempts to go a level higher than the other films.
So, this time around, Kong’s expressions are even more elaborate and lively. At the same time, the devastation of the city in the climax is also quite extreme and unbelievable. Josh Schaefer’s editing moves at a brisk pace as the film moves at a brisk pace.
Overall, Godzilla VS. kong is one value for money The entertainer who will be most liked on the big screen. The film is accompanied by a great story and build-up and the climax fight between the monsters is amazing.
At the box office, the film has the best opening for any film since the lockdown, even if it releases in the middle of the week. In the coming days, it will surely attract more and more family and mass audience. The increase in COVID cases may have some negative impact but the inauguration has made it clear that the impact will be minimal.