Godzilla vs. Kong

2021 | 113 minutes | Rated PG-13

Two of the biggest monsters in movie history collide in the fourth film in the “Monsterverse” which began in 2014’s “Godzilla.” King Kong first appeared in 1933’s “King Kong.” Godzilla first appeared in the Japanese film “Gojira” in 1954. An exploration of the effects of the U.S. nuclear attack on Japan at the end of World War II with a science fiction twist, which was re-worked for American audiences in 1955 as “Godzilla King of the Monsters.”

The two beasts have appeared together before in 1963’s “King Kong vs. Godzilla.” An enjoyably bad film that was the first time both monsters appeared in color. Both may have also had brief cameo appearances in “Ready Player One.” The new film is much better than the 1963 clash of these beasts.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” begins with Kong seemingly at home on Skull Island. He fashions a makeshift spear from a tree and throws it. The spear hits an unseen barrier in the sky revealing that Kong is being kept in an enclosure under observation of scientists. We then switch scenes to Godzilla moving rapidly through the water before he attacks Pensacola, Florida. 

Alexander Skarsgard plays Dr. Lind, a scientist who has championed the theory of a “hollow earth.” He is approached by the group holding Kong. They believe that Godzilla was born in this hollow area in the center of the Earth, and that this hollow area is the location of an energy source that they want to use as a means to power their equipment and experiments. There are several places on the planet where there are passageways to this hollow area. One of these is on Skull Island. They believe that Kong also has a connection to this hollow area and can be used to help them locate this power source.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” features a number of other well-known actors including Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Eiza Gonzalez, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demian Bichir. Some reprise their roles from previous films in the series others are new. For the most part, they do an excellent job.

The new film has excellent special effects. The computer generated imagery is, for the most part, excellent. There are a few points where it  looks slightly off. In my opinion Godzilla’s head is a bit too small in his current design, but I’m slowly getting used to it. 

“Godzilla vs. Kong” is a good movie with a few flaws. The film begins to drag on a bit in the latter half. Perhaps they should have edited out some of the weaker plot points and shortened the film a little. For fans, there are a few nods to the original clash of these titans. I enjoyed the new film and would recommend it to fans of either creature.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” is rated PG-13 for intense creature action and some language. It is suitable for older children and up. I rate it four out of five homemade Kong dolls.

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