Is Godzilla Vs. Kong saving the theater industry?

Promotion for Godzilla Vs. Kong.

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Promotion for Godzilla Vs. Kong.

WilFred Howey, Staff Writer

The release of 2014’s Godzilla film brought a whole new monster-verse (the film’s universe that contains Kaiju and/or Titans as referred to as the fanbase) to the big screen. Since then, fans have been waiting for a Godzilla Vs. Kong film in the franchise. Well, it is finally here with an opening weekend box office of $32.2 million according to CNBC.

Jeremy Jahns, a Youtube entertainment reviewer said, “ This is monsters fighting monsters for our entertainment, with all the disregard for human life that you would come to expect.”

Godzilla Vs. Kong is technically a Kong: Skull Island sequel. It is mainly focused on Kong growing too immense for his enclosure on Skull Island while at the same time a company wants to use him to help lead them to a new energy source in Hollow-Earth (an ecosystem that lives within the Earth that is said to be similar to what the Titans lived on back when they roamed the earth). While heading to Hollow-Earth, as well as inside it, Godzilla senses Kong is out of his domain and wants to make sure that he knows who is the king off of Skull Island. As a result, these two monster-verse titans battle it out at monumental proportions on the big screen for all to see.

The cinematography in the film was well done. For a film about two computer-generated creatures fighting each other, it was surprisingly very beautiful and well captured. It keeps the audience entertained by following the titans in unique ways and by keeping the lighting proportions vibrant during the climax of the film.

I also enjoyed the action scenes throughout. The film does a great job of pulling you into the action and keeping you entertained since it lacks interesting human characters. With it being the shortest of the monster-verse films with a total run time of an hour and 53 minutes, it gets straight to the point without really lagging.

A YouTube reviewer at 3C Films stated, “I cannot overstate this enough, you need to watch this on the largest screen possible… You just need to enjoy how big, immersive, and visually beautiful Godzilla Vs. Kong is.

On the other hand, the movie lacks interesting characters. The only character I had any interest in was Jia played by Kaylee Hottle. Jia is the last of the Iwi tribe that lived alongside and worshipped Kong on SkulI Island. She communicates with Kong through sign language and the audience can see that they both care for each other deeply. Other than her, all of the other characters were basic film extras to add human elements.

On top of that, the film ended with Godzilla and Kong teaming up to fight MechaGodzilla. After the seven years of waiting, I wish they would have had either Kong or Godzillawin by the other dying. If they were afraid of killing off one of the two titans, they could have had a brand new baby of the one who died to keep that franchise going. With the ending of the film having them team up, it personally ruined the film for me. Others might not be as attached as I am, but with growing up watching Godzilla since I was five years old, I wanted a clear winner, and there wasn’t one.

All in all, Godzilla Vs. Kong is a fun film for the family or anyone who just wants to see gigantic titans battle it out. The humans in the film lack interesting elements, but the producers make up for it with the action and beautiful cinematography. Even though the film did not end the way I would have liked, it is still a great movie to add to the monster-verse.