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Godzilla vs. Kong

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Godzilla vs. Kong

One Will Fall

20211 h 53 min
Overview

In a time when monsters walk the Earth, humanity’s fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in a spectacular battle for the ages.

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Director Adam Wingard
Runtime 1 h 53 min
Release Date 24 March 2021
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Movie Media VoD
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Very good

Ah, Godzilla. You are my guiltiest of pleasures. Great cinematography it is (usually) not, but is that what any of us expected here? If you’ve ever seen a Godzilla film, or even know them by reputation, you know what to expect here. Two city-wrecking monsters duking it out plus some plot with human characters that no one cares much about. The formula has worked well for the last 67 years, so why stop now?

So, let’s talk about the monsters. We know who our stars are here: Godzilla and Kong. But despite them both being title names, the film does not treat them equally. This is not so much a Godzilla & Kong film as it is a Kong film with Godzilla in it. Which is fine. The G-man got his time to shine last time around, so let Kong have some post-Skull Island spotlight. And after the last few movies, it was nice seeing Godzilla in more of an Anti-Hero role. While he wasn’t exactly a paragon of good in the previous films, this time around he’s much more of a force of nature than an ally to humanity. More OG Godzilla, less of the competing-with-Gamera era stuff.

And then we get the humans. They…do stuff? Basically, we have two groups, one that hangs out with Kong and another that does other things. The Kong group was by far the more interesting of the two. Honestly, Group B could have been cut from the movie and it wouldn’t have made too much of a difference. Their sequences were there pretty much for no other reason than being a convenient plot device to give the audience information. “Oh hey, we’re doing this thing and by the way – world-building!” But this is par for the course for every Godzilla movie; gotta give a reason for the big kaiju fight.

Objectively, this was the strongest of the MonsterVerse movies so far. I personally liked King of the Monsters a bit better because it had a bigger array of classic monsters, particularly King Ghidorah. This one took what was established in Skull Island and expanded on it by mixing it with the Godzilla films. I wouldn’t say it’s necessary to have seen the previous films, but there are a lot of callbacks. I watched this with a friend and had to explain a few things because he didn’t remember the last few movies that well.

And the big kaiju fight at the end is one of the best choreographed fights I have ever seen. Not just for a kaiju movie, for any film. The fact that they did that in a kaiju movie makes it even more impressive. That plus everything else makes Godzilla vs Kong a close second for best Godzilla film (that honor still belongs to Shin Godzilla). Definitely a step up from the original King Kong vs. Godzilla. Memes notwithstanding. And a must-see for any kaiju fan.

April 25, 2021

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

More Than One Wears The Mask

20181 h 57 min
Overview

Miles Morales is juggling his life between being a high school student and being Spider-Man. However, when Wilson "Kingpin" Fisk uses a super collider, another Spider-Man from another dimension, Peter Parker, accidentally winds up in Miles' dimension. As Peter trains Miles to become a better Spider-Man, they are soon joined by four other Spider-Men from across the "Spider-Verse". As all these clashing dimensions start to tear Brooklyn apart, Miles must help the others stop Fisk and return everyone to their own dimensions.

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Director Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Runtime 1 h 57 min
Release Date 7 December 2018
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Movie Media Cinema
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Excellent

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse can be summed up with one word: wow. Go in expecting a good movie and be blown away by a great one. The standout thing about this film is that it just does everything right. Into the Spider-Verse is not a live-action Marvel film; it knows this and does not try to be one. Watching this film feels very much like reading a comic book. From the art style to the story layout, Into the Spider-Verse is very much a comic come to life. While it may be a stretch to call the film perfect, it comes very, very close.

At its core, Into the Spider-Verse is an origin story. Thankfully, it breaks the mold of superhero origin stories in film. Anyone who keeps up with comic movies even marginally knows Peter Parker’s origin story. A radioactive spider bites him, Uncle Ben gets shot, and so on and so forth. This story is centered on Miles Morales, the second Spider-Man originally introduced in Marvel’s Ultimate comic series. Miles’ story is not identical to his comic origin but shares some similarities, making the film both old and new for existing fans.

Focusing on a different Spider-Man is great and part of what makes Miles story so invigorating is that he is not the first Spider-Man. Far from it; there are many other Spider heroes who have come before him. And like him, most of his predecessors started as average people. Peter Parker and Miles both stand out among other heroes by being normal people. They did not start out as world-class scientists, billionaires, or gods. They were just normal kids who suddenly had this power fall in their laps. And despite their hard lives, they never hesitated to do the right thing with their powers.

This is a movie that breaks the mold for what an origin story can be. Miles is not alone, but his journey is still a hard one. With not even a day’s worth of experience under his belt, he is thrown into a high-stakes adventure. Other, more experienced people are there but if he does not rise to the challenge everything could be lost. He learns more quickly than some others that superpowers do not put you above others. You can still get hurt, the people you care about can still get hurt. But despite all that, you have to persist. You have to carry on. Because everyone has the potential to be a hero.

December 30, 2018