Welcome back to the monsterverse everybody, where people happily go about their daily lives while gigantic creatures emerge from the depths of oceans and mountains to crush entire cities around them. The latest instalment of the Godzilla series, Godzilla vs. Kong has finally exploded onto the scene with all the cinematic drama and CGI pyrotechnics moviegoers could hope for. Here’s what we thought.
Godzilla is back, folks! And this time he doesn’t appear to be the ally to humanity he was when he last made an appearance in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. In fact, he’s gone on a whole city-flattening rampage once again, specifically targeting the headquarters of a multinational corporation.
While the giant radioactive dinosaur is throwing his spectacular tantrums, another enduring titan, Kong, is being transported from his containment facility on Skull Island to Antarctica, so that he can lead a quest into Hollow Earth. What follows is an epic battle between the two giants, which takes place across exploding shipping containers in the middle of the ocean.
The film features appearances from Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, and Japan’s Shun Oguri. Though some of the dialogue was cliche – as, in fact, the entire plot is – it’s immensely watchable and has comfortably taken up its spot within the monster movie canon.
The grandiose destruction that Godzilla vs. Kong displays, along with its neon-lit backdrop and two headlining “characters” has received positive responses from cinema goers across the globe.
According to Deadline, Godzilla vs. Kong has officially logged the best “pandemic-era start for a Hollywood movie at the international box office” raking in $285.4 million in its first few days in theatres.
“It’s no surprise that these two iconic titans would lead the charge back to theatres around the world and even exceed expectations in such a massive way. With our incredible numbers in China leading the charge, and powerful openings in such markets as Australia, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and Mexico, we’re looking forward to a robust theatrical run for Godzilla vs. Kong across the globe.”
It’s not hard to see why this kitch monster flick has been such a roaring success. It’s all about the spectacle, and exactly the kind of escapism many movie fans want to see. Just remember to have a giant buttery bowl of popcorn at the ready to enjoy this one to its cheesy melodramatic fullest.