After 59 years, two of the biggest titans have come together for the ultimate rematch to prove who is truly the king of the monsters in Godzilla Vs. Kong; the fourth installment of Legendary’s Monsterverse, spanning nearly a decade, starting with 2014’s Godzilla, followed by 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, along with 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, ultimately culminating to Godzilla Vs. Kong. Like most movies from the past year, Godzilla Vs. Kong was pushed back due to the pandemic with a release date set for 2021. Now the wait is over, and we get to see these two in action yet again. The cheesy effects and rubber suits of yesteryear have been improved with technology that not only makes these two monsters feel real, but are bigger in scale, leading to a path of destruction and high stakes.
Previous installments in the Monsterverse have been criticized for putting too much focus on underdeveloped characters, yet Godzilla Vs. Kong delivers on the promise of watching these two beasts go head to head; though the movie does feel the need to put its attention on the humans trying to make sense of why Godzilla is all of a sudden becoming a villain to humanity, and giving Kong a sense of compassion and sympathy, proving that he is more than a hulking beast determined to prove his worth as the true king of the monsters, not letting any monster knock him off his pedestal. These moments could derail the movie, but are used sparingly.
Two different subplots help to bring these two titans against each other. Millie Bobby Brown’s Madison Russell (from Godzilla: King of the Monsters) sets out with her friend, Josh Valentine (Julian Dennison) to seek out conspiracy podcaster, Bernie Hayes (Brian Tyree Henry) to figure out what is going on in Apex Laboratories and figure out how it is affecting Godzilla’s behavior. While on the Kong side of things, Dr. Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgard) is being recruited by Apex CEO, Walter Simmons (Demian Bichir) and his daughter, Maia Simmons (Eiza Gonzalez) to seek out a power source in the Hollow Earth, with the help of Kong expert, Dr. Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall), whose adoptive daughter, Jia (Kaylee Hottle) has formed a special connection with the big ape via sign language; it is that connection that gives Godzilla Vs. Kong a sentimental touch.
Once we get to the main fight between Godzilla and Kong, it is a destructive spectacle filled with explosions, buildings being destroyed, possible casualties, and of course, bruises along the way. Though as tempting as it would be to tell you who wins and whether I was pumped or disappointed in the outcome, I feel that Godzilla Vs. Kong needs to be seen for the action on display, especially for a certain appearance that I dare not share. Fans of Godzilla and/or Kong will be pleased more than any, to see their favorite monsters go at it. The film has until April 30 to stream on HBO Max, though a fight like this probably needs to be viewed on the big screen for more exciting results!