Only one will win in “Godzilla vs Kong”

Robert Timmler

Warner Bros./ Contributed

“Godzilla vs Kong” is the long-awaited battle between famous movie monsters Godzilla and King Kong that’s premiering both in theaters and on HBO Max on March 31. The story is that Godzilla, the once savior of humanity, has suddenly turned on humanity and has started to attack at random. In order to stop Godzilla, Apex Cybernetics owner Walter Simmons hires Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgard), a scientist who wrote a book on Hollow Earth theory, to lead an expedition to the Hollow Earth in order to find a mysterious energy source that could stop Godzilla’s future attacks. In order to find this energy source, Lind would need Kong, the last remaining titan besides Godzilla, to guide the way through the Hollow Earth in Antarctica. Kong is currently being studied by Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall) and her deaf adopted daughter Jia (Kaylee Hottle) in a faculty on Skull Island. After hearing Lind’s proposal, Andrews decides to help Lind on the expedition by bringing along Kong and making sure that they avoid possible encounters with Godzilla, but all doesn’t go according to plan when Godzilla suddenly appears and starts to attack. So, it’s up to Kong to fight off Godzilla and help Lind find the mysterious energy source in order to stop Godzilla’s attacks. 

“Godzilla vs Kong” has fun action scenes, great Computer Generated Images (CGI) effects and a few heartwarming characters. The action scenes are fantastic as the fights between Godzilla and Kong replicate similar fighting styles in the 60’s version of “King Kong vs Godzilla” (1962). The CGI effects did a great job at displaying the size and scale of both Godzilla and Kong relative to the human characters. The character dynamic of Andrews, Jia and Kong was cute and gives Kong a human connection that adds to his character. Even the relationship between Andrews and Jia is heartwarming. The visuals are tremendous from the design of the Hollow Earth to the action scenes between Godzilla and Kong. They are easy to visually track and are entertaining to watch.

The weaknesses of the film are that the main villains are very cliched, the other human characters are underdeveloped and the story of the film is very convoluted. The main villains are portrayed as rich business people who only care about themselves and nobody else, which is seen before in many other films. The other human characters are mostly bland, or just plot devices to move the story forward.

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