Godzilla vs. Kong

If nothing else, Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures have been surprisingly persistent in trying to make their MonsterVerse into a successful franchise. This is the fourth film they’ve released since 2014’s Godzilla reboot, and as the title boldly announces, this is the one where the new version of Godzilla meets the new version of King Kong. Of course, by “meets”, I mean “fights to the death in the middle of a bunch of skyscrapers”.

Like the previous films in the MonsterVerse, Godzilla vs. Kong is exactly as advertised. It is essentially plot-free, because that would get mean less time for the monsters to try to murder each other. And monster fights are why this film exists. In between fights there is a small amount of filler in the form of serious science-talk about the origins of these monsters and the “hollow earth”, but feel free to ignore it as I did. Because all the science-talk in the world won’t explain why these giant monsters are saving the environment through killing each other, or why the hollow earth is as bright as day when it is literally the centre of the earth. And the next monster fight is just around the corner anyway.

No one will ever mistake Godzilla vs. Kong for a good movie, but it is a movie that you have to respect if only for its self-confidence. This movie is just so damn sure of itself. So damn sure that you have paid to see monster fights and so damn sure that you do not care about plot or character development or anything else that a normal movie contains. And at least in my case, it was right. I did not miss that other stuff one bit. If you have read this far and still want to see this movie, it will not disappoint. Just pick your favourite monster, sit back, and enjoy the show!

29 thoughts on “Godzilla vs. Kong

  1. Liz A.

    Yeah, some people really enjoy monster fights. And that’s cool. I get it. This movie is not for me, and I have stayed far, far away.

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  2. filmmiasma

    The opening sequence set the tone for me and I never really got over it. I mean, he might as well have spritzed some cologne on his hairy asshole and did a song and dance.

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  3. whatsystem

    I am disappointed in you writing off the brilliant cameo performances of Godzilla and King Kong. I find it fascinating that the two giant thespians have mastered two very different acting methods.
    Godzilla uses the Strasberg, drawing from his early work under contract at Toho. Working with such temperamental prima-donnas as Mothra, Ghidrah, Hedorah the Smog Monster (whose agent made all the talent on Monster Island refer to him using his full name) was a challenge. There was also Gamara, who was really sweet and filled with meat, and of course, Mega Godzilla, but he seemed to work well these two monsters.

    Kong, on the other hand, clearly uses the Kominsky Method, just like Michael Douglas!

    I hope you don’t mind if I repost this review. Thx.

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  5. Red

    UGH, I would rather have a root canal, a deep dental cleaning by an angry hygienist. and maybe a colonoscopy thrown in for good measure then see this movie….

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  6. The Butcher

    This movie is honest with the people and with hitself. It doesn’t take it seriously and the only thing than wants to do is entertain the viewer with a bit of healthy ignorance. I really appreciate that.

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  7. Widdershins

    Saw on your YouTube channel that you’ve been down for the count for a while … hope things have moved along a bit since then, and you’re doing OK. 🙂 … P.s your ’email’ ‘contact me’ link doesn’t work, at least for me. 🙂

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  8. emmakwall

    I really enjoyed this film! Was a lot of fun.

    You’re so right about the science-talk and ‘hollow earth’ – I was scoffing at that too! I mean, bright sunshine and waterfalls and a whole eco system with BIRDS flying through the air! WHAAAAAT! The fight scenes were great, loved all the neon. Felt sorry for both creatures, though I guess if I had to choose sides it’d have to be King Kong.

    Had a good duration too, wasn’t over two hours which I thought was about right.

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  9. Talk Movies to Me

    I wanted to take a moment and say thanks for the likes earlier this year, it has not gone unnoticed! Just a bit delayed in expressing the gratitude. I don’t post often, more like the blog is a way of my thoughts splurging. Hopefully this won’t get lost in the muddieness of comments. I don’t know how you have been reviewing for so long and consistently. Life has taken it’s course for me and i never forgot the blog and those who followed me.

    As for the movie, i enjoyed it and thought it was little too long. Like if they cut out the attempt to add story it would have been more enjoyable. Thus said, maybe i’ll review one day and talk about it. Keep up the good work!

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  10. Colorado Martini

    You know I started watching this. And I just couldn’t finish it. I think because I’ve seen so many Godzilla movies and so many King Kong movies that I just couldn’t watch another

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  11. peggyatthemovies

    Jay and Sean.. please excuse the comment here not being about Godzilla.. but I’ve tried contacting you thru DM a few weeks back, YouTube, and anything else I could find. Email link doesn’t work and I’ve not seen either of you review or tweet or anything for ages, and I’m concerned if you are both okay. Sorry to make it public – but I haven’t seen a posting or anything in so long I’m just concerned. Yet I still have ‘likes’ from you Jay, so I know you’re alive..I just want to make sure you’re okay. hugs.. Peggy

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    1. Sean Post author

      Thanks for your message and concern. Jay has had two surgeries in the last 4 weeks and has one more scheduled next week. Both surgeries so far have been successful but of course it has taken a lot out of her and she hasn’t been able to do much at all. I don’t think she even picked up her laptop until a few days ago. As she recovers we hope to be back watching (and reviewing) movies very soon.

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      1. Widdershins

        Thanks for this, Sean … surgeries suck, no matter how much we need ’em. Please give Jay a gentle hug and a ‘may you heal quick’ from me. and a hug for yourself too. 🙂

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      2. peggyatthemovies

        I’m so sorry.. please tell her I wish her all the best in recovery! How scary and awful, and yes, now it all makes sense. Having just got done with a small hand surgery from post Covid cysts, I couldn’t work for a while as well.. so I completely can relate and understand this. I’m just glad to hear back from someone..I was truly getting concerned. We are a sometimes a small film community here, and I notice when people I like so much, and who were always so active, kinda disappear. I got really concerned when no one was returning the DM’s.. so while I’m glad to hear from you, I’m also not happy to hear it’s been rough. But she has got to take her time and get well, completely well, and please give a big hug from me.. Thanks Sean!

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