Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Godzilla vs. Kong Review: A Special Effects Spectacle Between Iconic Movie Monsters

Alexander Skarsgård	...	Nathan Lind Millie Bobby Brown	Millie Bobby Brown	...	Madison Russell Rebecca Hall	Rebecca Hall	...	Ilene Andrews Brian Tyree Henry	Brian Tyree Henry	...	Bernie Hayes Shun Oguri	Shun Oguri	...	Ren Serizawa Eiza González	Eiza González	...	Maya Simmons Julian Dennison	Julian Dennison	...	Josh Valentine Lance Reddick	Lance Reddick	...	Monarch Director Kyle Chandler	Kyle Chandler	...	Mark Russell Demián Bichir	Demián Bichir	...	Walter Simmons Kaylee Hottle	Kaylee Hottle	...	Jia Hakeem Kae-Kazim	Hakeem Kae-Kazim	...	Admiral Wilcox Ronny Chieng	Ronny Chieng	...	Jay Wayne John Pirruccello	John Pirruccello	...	Horace Chris Chalk	Chris Chalk	...	Ben

Release date: March 31, 2021
Running time: 113 minutes
Directed by: Adam Wingard
Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, 
Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, Lance Reddick, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir

The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another - the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong - with humanity caught in the balance.  In a story that is held together by the loosest of threads, Godzilla is attacking Apex Technologies and a crew of scientists try to use Kong to distract Godzilla by . . . well I won't really go into specifics because it doesn't make sense anyways.  And if you are going to see this movie, you know that it's not for the story.

Benjamin Rigby	...	Sonar Operator Nick Turello	Nick Turello	...	Apex Cybernetics Armed Guard Daniel Nelson	Daniel Nelson	...	Hayworth Priscilla Doueihy	Priscilla Doueihy	...	Monarch Mission Tech Kei Kudo	Kei Kudo	...	HEAV Pilot Bradd Buckley	Bradd Buckley	...	HEAV Pilot John Walton	John Walton	...	HEAV Co-Pilot Daniel Tuiara	Daniel Tuiara	...	HEAV Co-Pilot David Castillo	David Castillo	...	Maia Apex Cybernetics Guard Kofi Yiadom	Kofi Yiadom	...	Maia Apex Cybernetics Guard Jim Palmer	Jim Palmer	...	Maia Apex Cybernetics Guard Rest of cast listed alphabetically: Jacob Turner	Jacob Turner	...	(credit only) Travis Arrington	Travis Arrington	...	Refugee (uncredited) Dimitri Belke	Dimitri Belke	...	Monarch Flight Crew (uncredited) Chellé Brooks	Chellé Brooks	...	Party Goer (uncredited) Eli Burbage	Eli Burbage	...	Young Technician (uncredited) Curtis Bush	Curtis Bush	...	Admiral (uncredited) Linda Cairns	Linda Cairns	...	Monarch Worker (uncredited) Svitlana Campbell	Svitlana Campbell	...	APEX Employee (uncredited) Kadrolsha Ona Carole	Kadrolsha Ona Carole	...	Monarch Technician (uncredited) Amanda Chang	Amanda Chang	...	Monarch Worker (uncredited)
Godzilla vs. Kong is a special effects extravaganza with two epic movie monsters finally battling it out on land, sea, and even below the earth's crust.  The film has some extravagant and extra destructive battles that see these two Apex Predators destroying cities, ships, and everything in between.  This is really a movie that you want to see on a big screen with a booming sound system.  The titans should be towering and their battles should shake the room.  And Godzilla vs. Kong doesn't just pull out all the stops for the effects, the cast of this film is an all star group of some very talented actors.  I loved seeing them collected on the big screen, including some favorites like Rebecca Hall, Alexander Skarsgård, Kyle Chandler, and Julian Dennison.  Seriously, this cast was a treat to see and even more fun to see in a summer blockbuster.

But as I mentioned before, the story of this film just doesn't make sense.  Like the previous Godzilla movie, Legendary Pictures tried to give the new movies in its Monsterverse a more historical perspective and apocalyptic consequence, with mixed results.  It was a nice idea to try and make these monsters ancient combatants, but in practice it just doesn't really come together.  And the story has a few disjointed plot threads that don't really relate, despite them interweaving towards the end of the film.  It mixes different sci fi concepts to varying degrees of success, and sometimes just takes these concepts and simplifies them for the film or doesn't fully explain them.  I was struggling to follow the story throughout and kept wondering why things were happening in certain ways.  And on top of that, the writing does not feel natural.  The film has an all star cast with some very accomplished actors, and then hampers them with bad science fiction concepts and unnatural dialogue.  It is distracting at times, and thankfully the film is saved by its action.  But even the action isn't fool proof, as I often felt like the CG was too overdone.  The movie at times felt like watching Ready Player One, except that it was supposed to take place in a science fiction reality and not virtual reality.  But that being said, the film has some really exciting effects, explosions, and some great lighting.  If you are looking for a gigantic grudge match between two superstar combatants, then this might be the summer movie in March for you.

Godzilla vs. Kong is a special effects spectacle, with an all-star cast and an epic showdown between iconic Hollywood monsters.

Rent it.

Barry Havenga	...	Engineer (uncredited) Charmain Jackson	Charmain Jackson	...	Apex Lab Technician (uncredited) Timothy Christian Jansen	Timothy Christian Jansen	...	Tourist (uncredited) Raynesa Jonas	Raynesa Jonas	...	Monarch Technician (uncredited) Kaylee Kristin	Kaylee Kristin	...	Yacht Party Goer (uncredited) Alice Lanesbury	Alice Lanesbury	...	Bar Patron #1 (uncredited) Santi Lawson	Santi Lawson	...	Apex Lab Techs (uncredited) Sonny Le	Sonny Le	...	Thug (uncredited) Jasmine Liew	Jasmine Liew	...	Asian Kid (uncredited) Victoria Liu	Victoria Liu	...	Heav Pilot #3 (uncredited) Steve Maggs	Steve Maggs	...	Bar Patron (uncredited) Van Marten	Van Marten	...	Dr. Chen's Assistant (uncredited) Clay Mason	Clay Mason	...	Refugee (uncredited) Niam Mayes	Niam Mayes	...	Us Navy (uncredited) Shawn McBride	Shawn McBride	...	Fisherman (uncredited) Austin Morrison	Austin Morrison	...	Monarch Military (uncredited) Sofia Nolan	Sofia Nolan	...	Mean Girl (uncredited) Luis Pereira	Luis Pereira	...	Monarch Military (uncredited) Joel Pierce	Joel Pierce	...	Monarch Tech #2 (uncredited) Jon Quested	Jon Quested	...	Construction Worker (uncredited) Diezel Ramos	Diezel Ramos	...	Monarch Military (uncredited) Tasneem Roc	Tasneem Roc	...	Reporter (uncredited) Charles Sans	Charles Sans	...	APEX Guard (uncredited) Daniel Santana Jr.	Daniel Santana Jr.	...	Party Goer (uncredited) Scott M. Schewe	Scott M. Schewe	...	Fisherman (uncredited) Rob Schyff	Rob Schyff	...	Cafe patron (uncredited) Sen Shao	Sen Shao	...	Thug (uncredited) Andrea Elizabeth Sikkink	Andrea Elizabeth Sikkink	...	Driver / Passerby (uncredited) Jason Speer	Jason Speer	...	Monarch Board Member (uncredited) Jason Szabo	Jason Szabo	...	Monarch Tactical Guard (uncredited) Lara Thomas	Lara Thomas	...	News Reporter (uncredited) Grisel Toledo	Grisel Toledo	...	Apex Guard (uncredited) Jason Virgil	Jason Virgil	...	Bartender (uncredited) Scott Wallace	Scott Wallace	...	Monarch Guard (uncredited) Amber Walls	Amber Walls	...	Refugee (uncredited) Drew Walton	Drew Walton	...	David Lind (uncredited) Ken Watanabe	Ken Watanabe	...	Bar Patron (uncredited) Felicia Wickliff	Felicia Wickliff	...	APEX Guard (uncredited) Lachlan Winters	Lachlan Winters	...	School kid (uncredited) Tara Wraith	Tara Wraith	...	Monarch Flight Crew (uncredited)
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Godzilla vs. Kong is available in theaters and on HBO Max on March 31, 2021.  It will leave HBO Max in late April.  For tickets to see it in theaters, click here

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