Godzilla vs. Kong


The newest installment of the Monsterverse was released on HBO Max and in theaters on March 31, 2021. After generating almost 360 million dollars in box office revenue worldwide, “Godzilla vs. Kong” paved the way for reopening movie theaters in post-pandemic times. Although the film was in high demand, it proved to have a predictable, generic, and irrational storyline that ran for almost two hours. 

The film takes place five years after the significant titan fight between Godzilla and King Ghidorah. While Godzilla roams free, Kong is held captive on Skull Island, monitored by Monarch. He forms an unconventional bond with Jia, the last native on Skull Island, after a tropical storm. Jia, a young girl, communicates with Kong using sign language.

Later in the film, we are introduced to Bernie Hayes, an employee at Apex Cybernetics in Florida. He runs a podcast criticizing the existence of Titans and companies like Monarch and Apex. He attracts listeners such as Madison Russell, daughter of Monarch scientist Emma Russell. Together with her friend Josh Valentine, the three have no critical use to the story rather than to show the audience the true intentions of Apex side-by-side with the integral storyline. I would find myself skipping all clips involving these three characters and, overall, I lost interest in the movie’s end.

CEO/Founder of Apex Cybernetics reaches out to professor Nathan Lind, asking about his theory on hollow Earth. The idea of hollow earth refers to a functional ecosystem living inside the core of Earth. This is another useless addition to the film. It identifies the Titan home and releases Kong from his habitat but adds no other relevancy but Kong reliving his ancestors and the title of King Kong. 

The movie’s antagonist is Mecha-Godzilla, a cybernetic Godzilla created to kill the living Titan. It was predictable that Kong and Godzilla would team up, but I hoped to see one of them emerge victoriously. 

The movie did contain two graphically-advanced fight sequences between Godzilla and Kong. The CGI was done very well, which is one of the positive aspects of this film. Regardless, I would consider the other three Monsterverse films (“Godzilla,” “Godzilla: King of Monsters,” and “Kong Skull Island”) to be superior to “Godzilla vs. Kong.”