After fifty-nine years since their last smackdown in “King Kong vs. Godzilla” and four MonsterVerse Movies, this was easily my most anticipated monster mash that I’ve always wanted to see again on the big screen for quite sometime now with updated visual effects! When you think Kaiju films, the two iconic monsters “Godzilla” and “King Kong” always comes to mind. Its been quite a rocky road to say the least with the MonsterVerse in general, so its not surprising I would be somewhat concerned about their latest effort, but thankfully the film ended up being the biggest surprise this year and the best theater experience I’ve had since the pandemic, which is saying something.
This is a sequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and Kong: Skull Island (2017), it is the fourth film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse. It is also the 36th film in the Godzilla franchise, the 12th film in the King Kong franchise, and the fourth Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio. The film stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, Lance Reddick, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir.
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.
The human characters have always been a weak link more or less in these films, but this is a rare instance where I actually cared, but thankfully this movie knows this is about the titular titans. Kong has always been one of the more sympathetic and intelligent monsters, which makes him the most relatable and he’s basically the main character in this movie. Meanwhile the King of the Monsters himself Godzilla has always been depicted more as a force of nature, but even still I’m a huge fan of both characters and knew their bout was gonna be legendary. Their first fight in the Ocean is where Godzilla gets the advantage cause he can swim, while their second fight in Hong Kong is where Kong gets the advantage cause he can climb. At one point the movie becomes “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, where we’re introduced to Hollow Earth where the titans came from and Kong battles some monsters along the way. But the true villain of the movie is revealed to be none other than fan-favorite Mechagodzilla where in this version is remotely piloted by Ren Serizawa via a telepathic link originating from a skull of Ghidorah’s left head. Knowing it would end in a draw, it was expected and awesome to see Godzilla and Kong teaming up to battle Mechagodzilla and eventually parting ways.
Overall this movie gave me everything that I wanted out of a movie about these iconic monsters and regardless on whether or not this is the last MonsterVerse movie, I would say it is a fitting note to end on!