One Will Fall
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.
ActorsStarring: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, Lance Reddick, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Kaylee Hottle, Van Marten, Erol Brandis, Daniel Nelson, Priscilla Doueihy, Jim Palmer, Chris Chalk, John Pirruccello, Ronny Chieng, Conlan Casal, Brad McMurray, Benjamin Rigby, Nick Turello, Kei Kudo, Bradd Buckley, David Castillo, Kofi Yiadom, Drew Walton
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.