16. "Whoa. This was kooky." In response to Reply # 0
I missed the more majestic cinematography of the last two Godzilla movies, but overall, this was served well by how much it leaned into the silliness. It wasn't trying to be an apocalypse movie, or even a disaster movie. It was a monster fight.
I thought it was a great choice how they made Hong Kong feel so much like a miniature city from the classic Godzilla movies. I didn't realize how tired I was of "fun" blockbuster movies taking cues from 9/11 for their scenes of city destruction.
If this is a big enough hit to create a sequel, it's fun to think how nutty they'll have to go to escalate things from this one.
Also, man it was funny how quickly the humans decide on some nonsensical solution to a problem that works EXACTLY as planned. I mean, all modern action blockbuster tend to have these moments, but they cranked it to 11 here.
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20. "split the difference for me." In response to Reply # 0
First half is a lot to slog through because they went back to the Godzilla format of humans that exist solely as archetypes for exposition, but the second half brings enough of Skull Island's why the fuck not attitude to mostly salvage it.
Take away the Spy Kids portion of this, drop the other little girl (and one of either Skarsgaard or Hall, don't really care who) and I probably come away loving this. I bet 11 year old me is out there begging to watch this movie over and over.
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22. "First of these to go for the weirdness of the O.G. Godzilla sequels" In response to Reply # 0
Those Toho Godzilla flicks had flying saucers, bizarre planets, massive underground laboratories, hidden islands, etc. And this was the first movie to embrace all of it without worrying about how realistic it was.
Great action. Great visuals. Might actually go and re-watch this in a drive-in just to get the scope.
Human characters were all but completely useless. Only Paperboi was given anything to do. Or did anything memorable. Though I guess Damian Bechir getting killed was kind of interesting.
23. "I disagree slightly on the humans, depending on definitions " In response to Reply # 22
I wouldn't call them useless, so much as appropriately relegated to supporting roles. I thought the Kong team served as solid guides on Kong's journey to become King, though I agree that the Godzilla team was largely useless.
My gripe regarding the humans here is... I don't like these Titans needing us to win their battles. I think that's another needless insertion of humans into their battle.
But in general, they did a good job of making the humans secondary characters this time around.
24. "All in on all of this. This was fantastic. very balanced. I need three m..." In response to Reply # 0 Sun Apr-04-21 05:21 PM by Cold Truth
The hollow earth shit had my rolling my eyes at first. But ten seconds in, I felt a genuine sense of wonderment. I wanted to know what this was and where they were going. And what we got was genuine character development for Kong. He got a true-blue Heroes Journey, and I'm here for it. They even gave him his own Excalibur.
We also got a glimpse into King's intelligence, which is not insignificant. Ditto Godzilla, because he was hunting down Apex facilities that were working on his demise.
And their fight was every bit the spectacle I'd hoped for. Kong was out there doing Superman punches off of buildings, but he was seriously overmatched with Godzilla's abilities. My guy lost- but I love that they gave us a true winner in that fight. GZ got him- but let up once it was clear he won.
Again: this is all true-blue hero shit. They had their lil beef, but GZ wasn't trying to kill him.
And Mechagodzilla was the goddamned truth. I expected a fight, but nope- GZ got fucking WASHED. Without Kong, he's fucking dead..and also is Kong. And that teamup fucking delivered, right down to GZ charging up Kong's axe. They built both a genuine chemistry and rivalry here.
The humans were whatever. They had a lot of screen time, but for once they felt like they were secondary characters, just there to support the big dogs. I don't care about them, or anything they did. They could be better, but they weren't a detriment here. Skarsgard was unexpectedly quirky and he added some levity to this. The comedy beats worked for the most part, and they didn't overdo it. The kid from Deadpool hadson to exist, but at least they didn't make him one of the grating Bayformers sidekicks.
By and large the main attractions got the appropriate shine here, and we got some serious world-building.
This was well-placed, well-balanced, and well done. The next joint just needs to hold court with this one, and it'll open like a Marvel film
25. "yeah. enjoyed this one a lot." In response to Reply # 24
I'm not sure what else people expect from Godzilla versus King Kong besides awesome set pieces that get you invested. which is this movie delivered in every fight scene. I wish I went to see it in a theater.
26. "This one was almost there. Just needs a little less humans..." In response to Reply # 0
You can tell they are leaning into the fact that we don't care about the humans and likely cut out a decent amount of that content. They still had the challenge of structuring it with the humans split into "Team Godzilla" and "Team Kong" factions. But they could have still cut that down a bit by getting rid of a few characters...
Speaking of the factions, I find it interesting that the two sides never really met each other or interacted - so neither side ever knew the full story. Team Kong had to have been like wtf?!?! when they saw MechaGodzilla come out of nowhere. Team Godzilla on the other hand didn't know anything about Hollow Earth and the Kong homeworld...