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Godzilla vs Kong Review

U/A Action, Sci-fi, Thriller 1 hrs 54 mins Mar 24, 2021

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Godzilla Vs Kong Review: Epic Monster Clash Is Worth The Wait

The Avengers of Monsterverse

Godzilla Vs Kong is The Avengers of Monsterverse. And it’s a spoiler. But the review won’t have spoilers as we have been making sure for about 3 years. Rohit? Now, this is the showdown even the non-geekiest of the film buffs want to see. Kong - a giant ape made popular by the American studios (there are several epic films made on this creature) and then there’s the Godzilla which is created by the Japanese as a metaphor for the atomic bomb.

The twist

Here the twist in the current versions of Kong and Godzilla is Godzilla is a helpful force of nature which is passively keeping the humanity safe from the menace of the other monster forces. It had fought away MUTOs. Then it (not exactly) ended the threat of the three headed and almighty powerful King Ghidora with the help and no small sacrifice of Mothra.

On the other hand, Kong was also seen as a protector of humanity from the impending threat of Godzilla. Of course, Godzilla is not seen by everyone as a helper of humanity and is highly uncontrollable. The alpha predator (Godzilla as established in the previous film as the King of the Monsters) is an enigma right from the beginning.

Clash of the Titans

So, their clash is the clash of Titans literally and everybody comes to a standstill to witness the action. Of course, none has any other alternative except drop everything (including survival) in their hands and take sides and enjoy the show. So, are you Team Godzilla or Team Kong?

As the fans of the series knows, Godzilla is seen as a threat by a group of people who call themselves Apex. Team Kong undertake a perilous journey to find his true home. With them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. Around the same time, realising the fears of another group, Godzilla is unleashing its wrath on the globe. Team Kong unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla. The epic clash between the two titans - instigated by unseen forces is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the Earth.

The questions

Who will win? Who to trust? What’s the role of the little Madison? The answers to these questions lie in the thrilling film. The advantage of these monster films or for that matter any high concept films is the action. Everything can be anchored around the action. There are two huge and popular monsters. And they clash with each other at least for a couple of times excluding the climactic tussle. The two scenes are spectacularly shot. The effects are terrific and top of the line in quality.

The difference

What differentiates the much maligned The King of the Monsters and Godzilla Vs Kong is the way the action is captured. The King of the Monsters action is captured in a typical Hollywood style with several cuts and close ups. But the orgasm one gets by watching blow by blow fights of big monsters cannot be achieved by that. Two big creatures, if cannot be seen in their full glory in complete shape and size on the screen at once is not a good way to satisfy the audience.

So, in Godzilla Vs Kong, the action is captured the Asian way. To be precise the Japanese way. The landscapes and  oceanscapes are shown in their full glorious form. Apart from that the blow by blow fighting between the two creatures is shown as a complete pack. We feel the epic ness of the action before our eyes apart from our subconscious. The cinematography is excellent and made this film a visual feast as everyone expects. This is not a film to be watched on OTTs or smaller screens.

Theatrical experience cannot be trumped

The film deserves the honour of an IMAX show. The sound effects are equally good. The profoundness of the battle is aided by the score. The score complemented the visuals in such a way that if you listen to the score, you’ll see the action in your mind’s eye. Or if you watch the film in mute, you’ll still have the score played in your ears subconsciously. The editing deserves a lot of praise for not getting tempted to go with super quick cuts. The scale of production is epic.

Nitpickings

Though majority of the action is instigated by the humans and it is the humans who are the major victims, their stories are not emotionally told is the only gripe of this film. We feel for Godzilla or King Kong based on our perceptions (based on what’s shown on the screen) but nor for the human characters in the film. Madison is the only character that sticks with us. Millie Bobby Brown who had an OTT hit in the form of Enola Holmes last year bags another blockbuster with this film. And that her performance stands out not because of her but the ineptness of the others down to the inability of the screenwriters to present the emotional angle of the human characters properly.

Finally

But all that’s well ended well as the monster action which we all expected from the film is satisfactory. The effects are great. So, Team Godzilla or Team Kong. Whoever you’re. You’ll enjoy this film. Full paisa vasool experience.

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

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