Highly Anticipated Movie Falls Under: “Godzilla vs. Kong”


Eduardo Velasquez

Working through a pandemic, the movie director, Adam Wingard, supplied people with a $160-200 million budget movie that combines two of the biggest blockbusters into a “mid” film, Godzilla vs. Kong. 

The Kaiju Godzilla became, over time, a worldwide pop culture icon, first featured in the 1954 film, Godzilla, and led to a series of  many iconic movies and comics. King Kong is a monster, resembling an enormous ape, that has appeared in various media since 1933. The movie focuses more on King Kong’s perspective, making the audience more sympathetic towards Kong rather than Godzilla.

The movie itself can be seen as a good movie, but falls short with the writing and cliche acting. The trailer introduces the movie as a fight between the two giants but the movie creates a whole different plot that is predictable and can be compared with the 2016 film, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. The movie is about how a group of science researchers that studies Kong while being kept away from Godzilla, teams up with Apex Cybernetics. Their goal is to have Kong guide them to hollowed Earth as they planned to find the source of the titan’s power. Apex has been suspicious of a scheme from the start of the movie. Godzilla planned to fight Kong as only one Alpha could rule and thus the plot progresses. 

The actor’s actions and dialogue could have been better with more original writing instead of using the same cliches that are overused in movies. There was an entire side story which was not necessary compared to the story. The main story featured a new actor who came from an all deaf family, Kaylee Hottle, who played phenomenally as the little girl that speaks with Kong. 

The upsides toward the movie had to be the fight scenes and the interaction with Kong. Every fight was worth watching and gave a sense of how big the two titans damage the surrounding environment and the audio was played spot on as it corresponds when viewing in Kaylee’s point of view who is deaf. Both on land and in the sea, each setting of the fights shook the stage as the trailer featured both of them clashing in both territories, best suited for the titans. 

 As the pandemic continues to decrease business in movie theaters, prices were  considerably cheaper but not many people actually bought tickets for theaters. The movie has been available on HBO max since the opening day which could start a trend for movies in the future to start releasing towards streaming services, possibly ending the theater business.

All in all, the movie had ups and downs but I would recommend it to those interested in high action fighting scenes or comedic moments rather than the story.