Godzilla Vs. Kong
Director: Adam Wingard
Visually stunning, Godzilla Vs. Kong blew my expectations out of the water.
What Happens in Godzilla Vs. Kong?
Decades after Kong: Skull Island, our story picks back up. Kong has grown and is nearly breaking his way out of the confinement he lives in. With the impending danger of Godzilla lurking in the world outside, Ilene is worried for his safety.
It isn’t until Nathan Lind comes to her in need of a guide to the storied Hollow Earth that she realizes Kong needs a permanent home. Although she is concerned about Kong’s safety in the open air, they set off on a journey to find both a massive power source and potentially Kong’s home.
Who Are The Characters in Godzilla Vs. Kong?
Godzilla Vs. Kong follows two parallel storylines. Along the storyline of Kong, we have Ilene, Nathan, and Jia. Ilene is a scientist who studies Long within containment. Alongside her is Jia, a young girl who can communicate with Kong. Nathan is a scientist who researches Hollow Earth theories.
In the Godzilla storyline, we have Madison, Josh, and Bernie. Madison is the daughter of Mark Russel, the Director. She also believes in the goodness of Godzilla and doesn’t accept Apex’s stance on the topic. Josh is her friend who got dragged into the situation. He has skills in hacking. Bernie works for Apex and has a podcast exposing Apex’s secrets.
Godzilla Vs. Kong Review
Godzilla Vs. Kong is a fantastic movie and it blew my expectations out of the water. The visuals, the action, and the story itself were all great. I loved the characters, and I have nearly nothing bad to say about it. The beginning, the middle, and especially the end were above the quality I had anticipated.
The movies in this franchise have always been visually stunning, and this movie is no different. From the quality of the CGI behind Godzilla and Kong to the actual landscapes we see, it is a gorgeous movie to watch. The cinematography is really solid, and it makes for a visually appealing watch.
The same goes for the action. We get quite a few epic battles, and they are so much fun to watch. I won’t go into who fights, but if you don’t know that Godzilla fights Kong please go read the title again. The battle is epic, with ups and downs for both sides. The trailer made it look cool, but the full scene doesn’t even compare. Loved the action and couldn’t have asked for more.
The characters are pretty great as well. We see a wide range of characters as well as a few archetype characters. This mix works well as we get some great development but we also don’t waste time developing a million characters. Our main protagonists get the development and some of the lesser characters just sort of exist. We also get a mix of personality types, as well as a variety of likable characters. Some of the characters are going to be fan favourites, and some are going to be despised.
I have a soft spot for movies that hold two separate storylines that intertwine, so long as it is done well. That is what we get. The duel stories allow for emotional ups and downs, as well as a great release of tension without as many comedic moments. I was happy to see the stories come together smoothly near the end, and it didn’t feel like a sloppy connection.
The other strength we see front and centre due to this format is the quickness of the plot. Because of the separate storylines and less time spent on each, we get a quick-moving movie even if it sits around 2 hours.
Godzilla Vs. Kong is arguably the best movie of 2021 so far, and I can only assume it would be even better in theatres. With restrictions, we were held at home for this one but may release a live reaction if we end up back in theatres. Regardless of where you are at, whether it is a theatre situation or a home premier, this is going to be worth your time.