Godzilla vs. Kong Movie Review & Summary: One Titan Triumphs Yet Everyone Wins

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Godzilla vs. Kong Movie is a visually mesmerizing achievement, which gives the fans what they craved for so long. And believe me, there’s a winner in this battle but both the sides will be satisfied with the final outcome. 

Godzilla vs. Kong Movie Plot

Godzilla vs. Kong revolves around the two titans of earth. With each one coexisting on one planet, there are bound to be clashes. Godzilla is out for blood and pounces upon every chance to eliminate Kong and rule the world alone.  

Godzilla vs. Kong Movie Cast

  • Alexander Skarsgård as Dr. Nathan Lind
  • Millie Bobby Brown as Madison Russell
  • Rebecca Hall as Dr. Ilene Andrews
  • Brian Tyree Henry as Bernie Hayes
  • Shun Oguri as Ren Serizawa
  • Eiza González as Maya Simmons
  • Julian Dennison as Josh Valentine 

Godzilla vs. Kong Movie Review  

From a visual standpoint, Godzilla vs. Kong creates something which has never really been done before, not on this scale at least. Its wild, mindless and completely bollocks when it comes to creating the battle sequences between the two great Titans. I would go as far as saying that this is more of a Kong sequel than a Godzilla sequel, but I am definitely not complaining. 

Kong communicates in Godzilla vs. Kong

Godzilla vs. Kong begins with Kong waking up in Skull Island in the most laid back, comfortable way possible. He strands through the waters and scratches his butt, giving him this weirdly humane feeling, which from an evolution point of view is understandable, but I mean, this is a 400 feet tall gorilla we are talking about, so every action feels eerie. Jia (Played by Kaylee Hottle), an orphan child, is the only person who can communicate with him and she recognizes that Kong is sad. He wants home and very well knows that this skull island is just a holographic representation of his real home.

Meanwhile Godzilla is threatening the population with attacks which are uncalled for, and no-one knows why. In the midst of this, Bernie Hayers (Played by Brian Tyree Henry) is an engineer working an Apex who smells something fishy going on in the corporate side of things. So, he, accompanied by Madison Russell (Played by Millie Bobby Brown) and Josh (Played by Julian Dennison) try to uncover this conspiracy while Kong is being transported to test the Hollow Earth story and see if there really is a solution beneath our soil.

In a still from Godzilla vs. Kong Movie

The clash of egos in Godzilla vs. Kong

There can only be one titan, this clash of egos and superiority is what drives the main battle of Godzilla vs. Kong. Kong, who has grown and stands just as tall as Godzilla, is subtle enough to produce emotional reactions from the audience. His plight of not being able to call a place his home is nicely told through the presence of Jia, the orphan girl. Godzilla ambushes Kong in the sea and that is the first head-to-head combat that we see in the movie. Godzilla, who has an added advantage of being able to attack from under water, tries to drag Kong and drown him but Kong slams his face with a mighty, bulky fist. Both of their fighting patterns are unique and singular, so each try to gain an advantage in their own way. Godzilla who can produce an energy beam, catches Kong off guard when it fires the beam from underwater, but Kong has the added advantage of being able to jump from ship to ship. So, he lures Godzilla onto a ship and sucker punches it back into the water. This is just one of the instances of how well presented their abilities to fend of each other are.

Godzilla vs. Kong Movie is a Visual Triumph

The arc of Kong is much more realized than any of the previous instalments in the MonsterVerse. The entire sequence of exploring the hollow earth theory treated me with some mesmerizing imagery. Not just the setting but the science associated with the places makes the place look like it came from Inception or something. The presence of different creatures and enemies in Hollow earth make Godzilla vs. Kong richer than I had presumed. There’s a moment where Kong jumps into air and transports himself to another place and I was completely awestruck with the way the lighting and the cinematography was conceived in the film. Towards the third act, Godzilla vs. Kong embraces some real cyberpunk vibes. From the hollow earth vehicles to the inside of Apex laboratories, everything is filled with neon bright colors, and the score by Junkie XL felt very Blade Runner 2049-esque. 

The tones and the moods of Godzilla vs. Kong is very well balanced by Adam Wingard, which is a very difficult task considering how punching and laser beaming might get overused after repeated usage. Here, every new fight is in a new environment and a new motivation. Kong goes from punching to stabbing and Godzilla goes from beaming to lacerating. From deep seas to neon cities, the viewers are going to witness a million different colors and each one triumphs its predecessor. 

There’s little on the plot side of things that the viewers really need to understand. Finding Kong, a home and figuring out a weapon against Godzilla are the two main arcs of this movie, and that’s the entire depth of this story which the viewer needs to be concerned about. The human characters in the movie were mostly mediocre with the exception of the occasional humor from Bernie and Josh. It’s a classic popcorn entertainer which doesn’t take itself seriously, causes a million contingencies which are never talked about, and provides huge, crowd pleasing fight sequences which are filled with breathtaking visual effects and gorgeous imagery. Godzilla vs. Kong is the most fun I have had while watching a movie of Monster-Verse, and it perfectly sets up and concludes things, depending on how one chooses to look at it. 

Godzilla vs. Kong Movie Critical Reception

Godzilla vs. Kong stands at a solid 88% on Rotten Tomatoes. Its IMDB score is at 7.9.

The Movie Culture Synopsis

The fight sequences are exhilarating and Kong’s arc in this movie will leave you gasping over some mind-blowing imagery, which is constant throughout. And while Godzilla vs. Kong does start off with a slow, human focused, start, it definitely ups its game as it progresses further.

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  • Hardik is a Mumbai based writer who is a cinephile. Nothing interests him more than movies and visual entertainment. His other hobbies include reading and singing (At least, he likes to think that he sings well). You can connect with him on his Instagram.