Movie Review: Godzilla Vs Kong (English)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and DC Universe have made it clear once and for all that creating a film series and getting popular characters from different films together is a great formula. Warner Bros. and mythological paintings were probably inspired by this aspect and created a monster. After delivering three films in this universe – Godzilla , Kong: Skull Island  and Godzilla: King of the Monsters , the fourth and much awaited film is here – Godzilla Vs kong The trailer has received great response and the memes and jokes surrounding the epic fight in the film have contributed to the promotion of the film. Kong manages to give the audience extremely entertaining time? Or does it fail to impress? Let’s analyze.
GODZILLA Vs KONG The story of Kong is the two titans of Vishal’s struggle. This is a typical day for Apex Cybernetics at the Pensacola, Florida campus. Suddenly, Godzilla attacks the company’s facility without provocation and causes mass destruction. Until now, Godzilla was seen as the savior of humanity, but this episode makes him the villain of the world. Meanwhile, in Skull Island, Kong is placed in a very elaborate enclosure by the Emperor. Elaine Andrews (Rebecca Hall) works in the facility as an anthropological linguist. She is trying her best to communicate with Kong and understand his behavior patterns. She is surprised when she realizes one day that her adopted silent daughter, Jia (Kaylee Hotley) manages to form a bond with Kong and communicate with him. Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgard) is hired by Apex chiefs, Rene Serizawa (Shun Oguri) and Walter Simmons (Damien Bichir), based on his research and a book on the Titans. Ren and Walter plan to lure Godzilla into the Hollow Earth through an opening in Antarctica and then destroy it there.
Godzilla and Kong have a very old rivalry and feel that if they manage to get Kong on a hollow Earth, Godzilla will follow and their objective can be achieved. Shortly, the emperor proceeds to take Kong to Antarctica for the mission. Kong is chained and carried in a huge ship. Elaine, Jia, Dr. Nathan and a top-notch executive, Maia Simmons (Eja Gonzalez) are also with Kong in the ship. Ilene ordered a detour so that they would not pass through the normal route to Godzilla while at sea. Nevertheless, Godzilla realizes Kong’s presence and it attacks the monkey. Kong manages to save himself but is seriously injured. With Jia’s help, he manages to recover. Meanwhile, in Florida, Bernie Hayes (Brian Tyree Henry), a top employee, is running a podcast in which he is telling his listeners that all is not well in the company. He finds a fan in Madison (Millie Bobby Brown), the daughter of emperor scientists Mark (Kyle Chandler) and the late Emma Russell.
She manages to track Bernie. Bernie shares with him that a mysterious shipment is about to be sent to the Apex complex in Kong. To find out more about it, they infiltrate an almost destroyed Apex facility in Pensacola, Florida. The two are also joined by for nerdy friend, Josh Valentine (Julian Dennison). What happens next is the rest of the film.
The story of Terry Rossio, Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields is entertaining and a grand, cinematic spectacle for all content. The screenplay by Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein is highly effective. The focus is strongly placed on the fight between the two demons and the build-up. Some human characters do not get worthy screen space, but the writers somewhat compensate for this by giving some excellent visuals to the tracks of Jia and Bernie, Madison and Josh. The dialogues contribute a lot to the humor, especially in Bernie’s track.
Adam Wingard’s direction is simple and commercial. He makes the whole experience tasty for all types of audiences, especially the public and family audiences. What is admirable is that he packs a lot in just 113 minutes. Although both monsters come face to face for a limited time, the build-up is performed in a spectacular fashion. Also once they start fighting, the audience becomes fully involved. In fact, he has handled the climax perfectly and is sure to give the audience a paisa vasool experience.
On the other hand, to see Godzilla as a villain may not go down well with a section of the audience, especially those who have been emotionally invested with the monster in previous Monsterverse films. Secondly, in the process of focusing on Godzilla and Kong, the villain track suffers. The opponent hardly gets time to shine. As a result, his back story and his character motivations are never properly explained. Not just them, even the characters suffer from the weak characterization of Ilene and Dr. Lind. In the end, it is nebulous to see how quickly Kong is allowed to leave Skull Island and travel to Antarctica. After knowing Kong’s threats to the open sea from Godzilla, a few minutes should have been spent to show the Emperor and Apex management discussing the pros and cons of the mission.
Kong starts on a very sweet note and the tone suddenly changes to a shocking one as we realize that although Kong is roaming free in Skull Island, she is actually captive from all sides. The attack on the Apex facility in Florida sets the mood. Most of the first hour is spent on the characters, their motives and of course, embarking on a grand voyage to the sea with Kong. The first fight between Godzilla and Kong is extremely entertaining. But the first half is not just about thrills and action. The emotional bond between Kong and Jia is sweet and adds a lot to the film’s appeal. After the interval, many unanswered questions are answered. Kong’s experience in Hollow Earth and Antarctica is also something to see. But as expected, the best is reserved for the finale. The climax battle is epic in many ways. The film ends on a perfectly reasonable note.
Speaking of demonstrations, Rebecca Hall outlined her part very well. She gives her best, even if her character is not fully developed. Kaylee Hotley is like the soul of the film. She expresses it beautifully with her eyes and expressions and all her scenes are memorable. Alexander Skarsgård is fine and has very limited scope. Brian Tyree Henry as a talkative conspiracy theorist is highly entertaining. He has to face some of the best lines of the film. Millie Bobby Brown does a reassuring act. Julian Dennison is entertaining. Shun Oguri and Demián Bichir are doing fine as villains. Shun Oguri plays a character named Serizawa and probably means that he is possibly related to Ishiro Serizawa, the king 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 essays part of the previous film in the series and this time, his role is limited to a cameo. Eiza Gonzalez is part of the suite.
Junkie XL’s musical score is exciting. Sound mixing also enhances entertainment by several notches. Ben Seresin’s cinematography is stunning and adds to the fun and madness. Tom Hammock and Owen Patterson’s production design is richer and better, as demanded by the film. Ann Foley’s costumes are realistic. The action is just righ t and thankfully, it is neither too scary nor violent. VFX is one of the pillars of the film. The special effects are out of the world and one can see that there have been attempts to go one level higher than the other films in the series. Therefore, this time, the expressions of Kong are even more elaborate and lively. At the same time, the destruction of the city at the climax is also quite extreme and incredible. Josh Sheaffer’s editing is fast as the film moves at a fast pace.
On the whole, GODZILLA Vs Kong is a penny entertainer which will be enjoyed at best. The film is adorned with a great story and construction and the climax battle between the demons is amazing. At the box office, the film marked the best debut for any film since lockdown, despite it being a mid-week release. In the coming days, it is sure to attract more and more families and mass audiences. The increase in covid cases may have some negative effects but the opening has made it clear that the effect will be minimal.