Godzilla Vs. Kong (2021)

Continuing from Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019), Godzilla continues to hide from the world, and years have passed. But suddenly, Godzilla comes back to the surface and unexpectedly destroys a massive high-tech company. The world is now in fear as Godzilla makes his return. As for King Kong, he has been safe and sound in a gigantic dome that looks precisely like Skull Island. But as Kong continues to grow, the world will need to find him a new home soon!

With Godzilla on the loose, it is up to a small group of people to save the world.  Dr Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgard) & Dr Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall) have been called upon to journey into the Earth’s centre and locate an energy source that can save the world. The only catch is that they require a monster to lead the way! The team have no choice but to call upon the mighty Kong, following him while dealing with various obstacles and challenges along the way, including attacks from Godzilla himself! Can they reach the energy source in time? Can Godzilla be stopped before the world is destroyed? No matter what happens, movie lovers will witness one of the greatest showdowns in cinema history!

Those who have enjoyed the previous instalments will also be pleased to find returning characters Madison (Millie Bobby Brown) & her father, Mark (Kyle Chandler).  Both returning characters have their side mission within this film as they attempt to understand why Godzilla would suddenly return.

If you’re a movie lover who enjoyed the previous instalments and are generally excited to see action sequences between Godzilla and Kong, you will be pleased with this release. I am proud to say the film has made some significant improvements with the monsters’ looks and sci-fi elements.  The film’s audio tracks and bright visuals were also great, and I found these elements a significant improvement compared to the previous films. Make no mistake- if you want to witness the biggest fight in cinema history, the film is best enjoyed on a giant cinema screen.

But apart from witnessing a significant fight among monsters, Godzilla Vs. Kong goes down the path of repeated beats: vague plot, loads of sci-fi babble and dull, unimportant characters. This film gives us ambiguous characters who give movie lovers very little reason to care about them every step of the way. Performances are generally ok, but the characters are all monotone right from the start.  Basically, the characters are forgettable. Returning characters are great to see, but mainly because the film uses it as a hook for its audiences.

The plot, like the characters, is also vague and feels unimportant- almost as if it is designed to take up space before the two monster’s battle. I’m disappointed to see that the film marketing department revealed major plot details in the film’s promotional trailer.  These reveals took away any excitement I could have had. The film attempted to integrate humour into the plot, but again, this is another element that never worked for me.  Jokes tried far too hard and failed to obtain laughter from its cinema crowd.

Overall, it’s the fight that movie lovers worldwide have been waiting to see and when it comes to the main battles between Godzilla Vs. Kong, the film generally delivers with improved visuals and a solid audio track to complement it. But sadly, like the previous instalments, the main characters are uninteresting and unimportant, and the plot is filled with sci-fi babble which feels like it only fills gaps when our monsters are not fighting each other. The film is also predictable due to poor marketing (including the film’s trailers), robbing me of any shock or surprise. Those who have loved the previous instalments within the universe will most certainly enjoy this new instalment, even if it feels familiar with a repeated heartbeat.

5.4/10

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

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Cecilia (Elizabeth Moss) escapes from her abusive boyfriend. Two weeks later she is still living in fear, but she’s soon informed that her ex-boyfriend has committed suicide. Cecilia inherits a large fortune from his will. Now feeling free of her dark past, she tries...

The Fanatic (2019)

Moose (John Travolta) gets an opportunity to meet his all-time favourite celebrity- the actor Hunter Dunbar (Devon Sawa). With excitement, Moose purchases a prop from one of the actor’s films, hoping he can get an autograph on it. But Moose becomes deeply upset when...

The Head Hunter (2018)

Set in medieval times, a lone warrior (Christopher Rygh) seeks revenge on a creature who claimed the life of his young daughter many years ago. The plot is simple- a warrior hunts different monsters down, comes home and pins the head of the dead monster on his wall....

Jexi (2019)

Phil has always been addicted to his mobile phone. As a child, Phil was regularly given a phone to play on while his parents would go on dates or while they had terrible arguments. Today as an adult, Phil is still in love with his phone. Phil doesn't have any real...

Uncut Gems (2019)

Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) owns a jewellery store in New York City. Howard is always trying to find ways to land a big score by getting his hands on expensive jewels or through gambling. After conducting a few trades and putting a large sum of cash on a basketball...

Gemini Man (2019)

Our film introduces us to a man named Henry (Will Smith) who is a professional hitman. Henry is completing one final job, and then he is officially retiring from working for the government. When Henry tries to settle down and relax, an unknown man tries to kill him....

Dead Man’s Curve (1998)

Fun fact! This film was released on VHS in 1998 while I was working part-time in a Video Ezy store. The title upon its release was “Dead Man’s Curve”. As years went by the film disappeared on VHS and was never released on DVD in Australia. I did manage to find a DVD...

The King of Comedy (1982)

Rupert (Robert De Niro) has a desire of becoming a famous comedian. Rupert’s desire of becoming famous is so large that it’s an obsession for him. He gets an idea on how his focus can become a reality and begins to track down Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis) who is the...

Hell Is Where The Home Is (2018)

Two sets of couples rent a beautiful home over a weekend. Their goal is to escape from the world. And how do you do that? Apparently, by drinking, drugs, sex and amongst that, sort out personal (and yet mysterious) issues from the past. While the weekend is underway,...

The Replacement Killers (1998)

A hitman named John Lee (Yun-Fat Chow) is hired by a drug lord to murder an unknown person. During the assassination, John hesitates and walks away from completing the kill. His reasons for not completing the job that he was hired to do is unknown at this moment. But...

The Farewell (2019)

Billi (Awkwafina) is a Chinese woman living in America. While failing to pay her rent and being turned down for a Fellowship, Billi finds out that her Grandma is dying of lung cancer. Billi also discovers that Grandma (Nai Nai) is unaware that she is dying. Her family...

Assimilate (2019)

1st they bite you...then they clone you Zach (Joel Courtney) & Randy (Calum Worthy) are best friends who spend their spare time filming an online reality series (not YouTube- here it’s called “VidTube”). They have spy cameras attached to the collars of their...

The Nightingale (2018)

The year is 1825. The Nightingale is a nickname given to a young Irish convict, a woman whose real name is Clare (Aisling Franciosi). Clare is called The Nightingale because of her stunning singing voice, and she has a husband and a baby daughter. When her sentence is...

Elizabeth Harvest (2018)

Elizabeth (Abbie Lee) marries a brilliant, wise and wealthy doctor named Henry (Ciaran Hinds). She is soon introduced to her large new mansion which she will call home. Her dreams and long term desires are finally being fulfilled- she now owns a big home with a...

Bad Boys For Life (2020)

Welcome to the third instalment of Bad Boys! Police Detectives Marcus (Martin Lawrence) and Mike (Will Smith) are two of the Baddest cops, now going through new challenges in life. Marcus has decided to retire finally, and someone is out to kill Mike for personal...

Little Monsters (2019)

Dave is a musician who recently broke up with his girlfriend. Dave spends his day to day life busking on the city streets and lives with his sister and her son. Dave enjoys teaching his nephew terrible habits, such as foul language and playing Zombie video games with...

Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Continuing from Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Rey continues her training in becoming a Jedi while living amongst the Resistance with friends Finn, Poe & General Leia. Rey is still coming to terms with not knowing everything about her past, including who her...

Killers Anonymous (2019)

A particular support group is regularly held just for a group of killers. Killers who have all murdered people in the past sit in a small room and discuss some of their darkest secrets about their kills and their upbringing. But things turn for the worst amongst this...

Rust Creek (2018)

A young female college student named Sawyer is excited to be invited for an interview in another city. While driving to her destination, her GPS tells her to take a detour to avoid traffic, leading her down towards “Rust Creek”. Sawyer finds herself lost and pulls...

Rollerball (2002)

Set in the near future (possibly the early 2000s lol), our film begins with Jonathan (Chris Klein) accepting a dangerous dare which leads to him being hunted by police within the city. While on the run from the cops, Jonathan bumps into an old friend who just happens...

Code 8 (2019)

Set in the present day, a select amount of humans are born with powerful abilities. Some are capable of reading minds, some control electrical power, some have super strength and so on. The world is a broken place. With current poverty rates at an all-time high, many...

The Parts You Lose (2019)

A young boy named Wesley (Danny Murphy) is hearing impaired. Wesley can communicate with others by reading lips or through the use of sign language. He doesn’t speak and generally keeps to himself. Wesley attends a local school and daily puts up with bullying from...