Godzilla Takes On Kong Godzilla vs. Kong- Movie Review

Godzilla Takes On Kong Godzilla vs. Kong- Movie Review

Emma Vergara (2020-2021), Editor

 In a crossover event involving two largely known titans, Godzilla vs. Kong follows the story of two mega monsters fighting against one another. This action movie follows the events in the films, Kong: Skull Island released in 2017 and Godzilla: King of The Monsters released in 2019. 


Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the movie was released in some theatres as well as on the streaming service, HBO Max. The streaming for the movie started on March 31, and will end on April 30 for all HBO Max subscribers.


The film was directed by Adam Wingard and features big name actors like Alexander Skarsgârd, Millie Bobby Brown, and Rebecca Hall. These characters are returning from the previous Godzilla and Kong movies, tying the two movie universes together. 


The movie begins with a follow up of Kong, finding him in a contained enclosure in order to keep him isolated from the rest of the world, overall keeping him from being attacked by his ancient enemy, Godzilla. At the same time, Godzilla becomes provoked and attacks the shore of a city in Florida. These events kick off the movie, pulling at the fight between the two apex-predator titans, Godzilla and Kong.


Throughout the story motives vary from character to character, all intertwining to understand Kong and Godzilla alike. The main conflict of bringing the two against one another is brought through Skarsgârd’s character, Nathan Lind, who is being paid to find the source of power of all of the titans that walked the Earth for the large company Apex Industries.


Godzilla v. Kong follows a serious and heroic tone throughout. While there is some humor, it is only found in two characters, Josh Valentine and Bernie Hayes. They bounced off one another, but rarely interacted with the other characters throughout the movie. The rest of the characters display their actions under a serious tone, making the humor seem out of place during some scenes in the movie. 


The movie involves great visual effects as well as sound effects, especially in moments where you follow a young girl named Jia, who is a deaf girl. In these parts the viewer is able to experience things from her perspective, the previous uplifting music and sounds silencing to give suspense through dark music.


Through the lore of the original Godzilla from 1954 and Kong from 1933, Godzilla vs. Kong creates an extension of the lore, creating a new modern story of two epic rivals. It expresses ideas behind rivalries and exploitation from large corporations and its effects on the world. Filled with special twists that define the movie, Godzilla vs. Kong is a great movie for casual audiences and die-hard fans.