Review: Who will win? Godzilla vs. Kong

This action packed movie is built to get your heart racing

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One of the most entertaining movies released to theatres this year, Godzilla vs. Kong gives you everything you want out of a monster bash. (Photo courtesy of IMDB)

Collin Andrews, Staff Writer

As one of the main blockbusters released during the pandemic era, “Godzilla vs. Kong” released on March 31, is a fun and energetic monster movie that picks up where the prior movies, 2017’s “Kong Skull Island” and 2019’s “Godzilla: King of Monsters,” have left off. The movie pits both the iconic characters Kong and Godzilla against one another in an all out titan bash that’s meant to be one of the best movies of the genre.  

Directed by Adam Wingard, this monster bash has a basic and predictable storyline that is focused on giving the audience a global-wide fight between two titans rather than an in-depth plot involving the main characters or having any sort of character arcs. 

The cast plays off each other really well to create light content that fills in the gaps between the destruction with fake science, as they travel around the world giving people a look at what is happening in front of them. The actors also do a good job of bringing some lighthearted comedy into the film with lines like “did the monkey just talk?” giving the movie a more comical feel even though that’s not what moviegoers are there to watch. 

 One performance that makes the film particularly enjoyable is deaf actress Kaylee Hottle’s breakout role portraying Jia, the last indiginous island native from Kong’s island who was adopted by “Iron Man 3” actress Rebecca Hall’s character, Dr. Ilene Andrews. 

Hottle’s performance in the movies combines well with the chaos, as it gives a very interesting and refreshing touch to the series, as Hottle’s character has a very interesting relationship with one of the titans, and their use of her being deaf cinematically, gives a very immersive and unique feel. Having her in the film gives it a sense of humanity and peace in an ever chaotic environment.

“Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown and “The Legend of Tarzan” star Alexander Skarsgard round out the cast. And while there is very little human character development throughout, the movie isn’t really designed for that in the first place. Its sole purpose is to bring all out destruction to multiple cities around the world, and it delivers on that. As within the first few minutes, it gives a peek into what the movie will be about and warms you up for the chaos that is about to unfold. 

One thing that is particularly enjoyable throughout the movie is its soundtrack. As with all things, if the music doesn’t match, it’s not nearly as good. From the beginning, the film’s score is in sync with the lighthearted and dramatic events that are playing out.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” brings in a well-needed, fun and action packed movie to the theater, and gives moviegoers a real reason to want to go back to the cinema once again and enjoy being out of the house for the first time in over a year.