Godzilla vs. Kong
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Godzilla vs. Kong is a 2021 American monster film directed by Adam Wingard. A sequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Kong: Skull Island (2017), and Godzilla (2014), it is the fourth film in Legendary Pictures' MonsterVerse.
Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home. Along for the ride is Jia, an orphaned girl who has a unique and powerful bond with the mighty beast. However, they soon find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla as he cuts a swath of destruction across the globe. The initial confrontation between the two titans -- instigated by unseen forces -- is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the planet.
Why It Rocks
- The idea of the heroic Legendary Godzilla being perceived as a threat to humanity is an interesting new touch to the film.
- Epic fight scenes with entire cities being reduced to rubble by both Godzilla and Kong.
- Kong is a really likable character in the film, as he listens to his fan to fight Godzilla.
- Mechagodzilla makes a return after 18 years and this time, Ghidorah's consciousness is uploaded into it, making it a (technical) rematch with Godzilla from the last film.
- As always, the CGI designs for Godzilla and Kong are nice. Both of them have a nice look, especially Godzilla's look of the dinosaur and gorilla combo, making his character design really cool just like always in the other Godzilla films.
- The intro of the film is nice, regarding the effects. With an addition to that, you can also see the credits in both the intro and the outro.
- It has an interesting scene that you wouldn't expect from a movie, which is where Kong threw a tree branch into the sky and then it just broke the scene and you can see the studio.
- Even the humans in the movie are likable (despite taking over most of the movie, causing filler), two of the notable examples are Bob and Jia, who is Kong's fan.
- During the fight scene between Godzilla and Kong, the scene where Godzilla opens his mouth and lets blue energy out of it nicely resembles the poster from the previous film.
- Kong lunging his axe into Godzilla's throat is a neat reference to the original 1962 movie, where Kong did the exact same exact thing with a tree branch, but in a more modern, realistic take.
- The scene where one of the Hellhawks eats a soldier's face is quite disturbing.
- Like with most other movies featuring these characters, since the movie mostly focuses on the humans instead of Godzilla and Kong, it just bloats the movie with filler.
- The ending of the movie is sequel baiting.
- Alan Jonah, the main human antagonist from Godzilla: King of the Monsters, does not appear in the film nor the post-credits scene.
Godzilla vs. Kong received generally positive reviews, with praise for the visual effects and action sequences, but criticism towards the script and human characters. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 75% of 348 critics have given the film a positive review, with an average rating of 6.4/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "Delivering squarely on its title, Godzilla vs. Kong swats away character development and human drama to deliver all the spectacle you'd expect from giant monsters slugging it out.". According to Metacritic, which assigned a weighted average score of 59 out of 100 based on 57 critics, the film received "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale (the highest of the MonsterVerse), while PostTrak reported 86% of audience members gave it a positive score, with 74% saying they would definitely recommend it.
A week prior to its United States release, Godzilla vs. Kong was released in 38 overseas countries and was projected to gross around $70 million over its first five days. In China, where it was projected to debut to around $50 million, the film made $21.5 million (RMB 140 million) on its first day.