Back when I was a child I had a toy of Godzilla and a toy of King Kong. I often used to play with them and imagine how cool it would be to see them fight it out. This movie is pretty much that. Toys fighting each other. That’s not a critic but it’s basically what you’re paying for here. I grew up watching Godzilla movies and King Kong movies. There’s nothing to dislike about them. They are fun movies. Even when they aren’t good movies there’s that playing with toys feel to them and the sky’s the limit when it comes to how imaginative they get.
Of the previous ‘Monsterverse’ movies that started with ‘Godzilla’ in 2014 they’ve been more miss than hit in my book. The 2014 film didn’t impress me because it lacked Godzilla and a real story, they also killed off the most interesting character early on in the film. It seemed to try to play to the expectations of all audience goers by giving us a dark, destructive monster movie like the original 1954 movie but also making Godzilla a character who is actually a nice guy deep down like the brighter incarnations that followed the 1954 movie. ‘Kong Skull Island’ equally didn’t impress me and felt more like a vanilla lite best of 70’s war movies and Samuel L Jackson character lines. ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’ actually did impress me because I wasn’t planning on watching it and went into it expecting more of the same of the 2014 movie. But instead they just decided to go full on with the fun aspects of the Godzilla series and use that mythology built up over 50 years. While I had hoped back in 2014 we would have a serious, realistic monster series I did enjoy ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’ because it was so much fun and nostalgia filled.
Finally, we get to ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’. A movie they have been trying to make for decades since the original ‘King Kong Vs. Godzilla’ back in 1962. With this 2021 version they go full on crazy with the concept and throw any idea they can think of at it. For that reason there doesn’t feel to be any real stakes to this and the only aspects that really deserves attention are the monster fights. I left the cinema feeling satisfied with the spectacle of it all but there’s little else there beyond that to digest. Like I said, playing with toys. When it’s dinner time you put your toys down and there’s nothing else of consequence. Even with ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’ there was a little more substance with the story and characters and there was weight to how events played out. Godzilla Vs. Kong is very much your fast food meal without any salad.
Do I recommend it? If you like playing with toys but feel too embarrassed to do so then yeah, watch it. Even if just for the monster fight alone between these too iconic monsters, it almost feels like you have to see it on the big screen. I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it and got a laugh when Godzilla and Kong teamed up and drove another monster face first through a building. How the hell can you not giggle at that?
The story is that Kong (aka John McClane) is living on Skull island in political exile after been defeated by Godzilla centuries ago. But scientists who are making an evil weapon want to use Kong to find a secret power source that may be at the center of the earth. They put Kong on a boat for the arctic where they will enter the hole to the center of the earth but when Godzilla finds out that Kong is on the move without a passport the two come to major blows. (that passport bit was a joke by the way).
Notes: I watched this on Laser IMAX in 3D. My first Laser IMAX movie. Cost about $26 in US, £19 UK, €22 (Europe), ¥2,900 (Japan). It’s probably the most expensive movie ticket I have ever bought. With that said the picture was crystal clear and beautiful, it’s worth it for a big movie like this, I wouldn’t spend it every time though. The 3D was a complete waste, especially that we are still in a mask wearing era and wearing a mask is going to fog up your 3D glasses. Pretty stupid to add 3D to this and in reality there’s not much 3D to this film. Just another way to pinch pennies from the movie going public.
Favorite Quote: “Home” – Kong