Orval-all Picture: ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

Orval Howard

It is time for the long-awaited battle sure to have everybody on the edge of their seats. In one corner, we have the King of the monsters, Godzilla. The big, bad, radiated lizard comes in standing 394 feet tall. In the other corner, we have the King of Skull Island, Kong. Coming in at 335 feet tall, Kong is ready to prove that he bows to nobody. Are you ready to rumble? It’s time for the fight of the century, ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’.’  

The last time we saw Godzilla was in his stand-alone sequel film where he proved that he is the true King of the monsters. And Kong was last seen in his 2005 stand-alone film set in the ‘70’s where he proved that he was a ruthless beast. Now, in 2021, Godzilla has suddenly started attacking cities, killing a whole lot of people along the way. A team of scientists, led by Alexander Skarsgård, set out on a mission with Kong to hollow Earth- the home of the monsters, hoping they can use Kong to stop Godzilla. In a side mission, we have a conspiracy that something is triggering Godzilla to attack and that he is not the bad guy.  

I love this film. It is completely off the walls. A giant lizard and a giant ape fighting in the middle of Hong Kong. It just doesn’t get much better than that.   

There are not many things I can find wrong with a film such as ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’. The filmmakers know what kind of film this is and do not try to take it seriously; it is made for pure fan service. The CGI in this film is perfect. It is crazy to think that we live in the age of technology where we can watch two giant creatures duke it out on the big screen and have it look flawless.   

The best thing about this film is that the filmmakers know that the audience is paying to watch Godzilla fight Kong. We do not want to watch this film and have incredible character arcs for the humans. If we wanted that, we’d watch a different type of film.   

I know there have been problems with the previous films within the MonsterVerse. ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ tried to make the human characters have arcs and give them heroic moments. It just felt wasted in a film that is about a giant lizard which led to a boring action film.  

In ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’, the human characters set up the events to a minimum, with the exception of Millie Bobby Brown. I felt like her character was in this movie just because she’s a popular young actress. Other than that, all their job requires is to get Kong from Skull Island to the mainland. That’s it. After that, they really shift the focus to Godzilla and Kong.   

Even during the scenes in between battle sequences, we are taken on a journey with Kong to his home. There is a lot of interesting background into the mythology of these monsters and the time when they ruled the Earth. This allowed the story to keep moving at a decent pace. It never got boring for me.  

If you want to watch a film that is pure enjoyment and nothing more, ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is the go-to film. It’s insanely enjoyable. I caught myself laughing as if I was the Joker during the fight scenes because they are so much fun. If you’re not a fan of big, dumb creature features, this won’t be the film for you. But I do recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Godzilla and Kong. You will not be disappointed.