Godzilla Great War Kong (Godzilla vs. Kong) is an American movie monster released in 2021 directed by Adam Wingard. This is the sequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and Kong: Skull Island (2017) and is also the 4th installment in Legendary's MonsterVerse.
The work is the 36th film in the Godzilla franchise, the 12th film in the King Kong franchise and the 4th Godzilla film produced entirely by a Hollywood studio. The work features actors Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, Zhang Ziyi, and Demián Bichir.
Five years after Godzilla killed his extraterrestrial nemesis Ghidorah, he and Kong are currently the last known active Titans on the Earth's surface. Monarch now watches over Kong, who resides within a giant dome. He is visited by Jia, the last Iwi native and the adopted daughter of Dr. Ilene Andrews, who is deaf and can communicate with Kong via sign language.
Bernie Hayes, a former employee of Apex Cybernetics and host of a Titan conspiracy theory podcast, exfiltrates information suggesting sinister activities at a Pensacola Apex facility. However, Godzilla suddenly attacks the facility; during the rampage, Bernie discovers a device that resembles the ORCA, previously used to communicate with or control Titans.
Madison Russell enlists her friend Josh to investigate the cause of Godzilla's attack. Together, they find Bernie and sneak into the wrecked Apex base, discovering a secret facility deep underground. The trio are inadvertently locked and transported in a container carrying Skullcrawler eggs, two-legged reptilian megafauna that was previously discovered by Monarch, through an underground tunnel to Hong Kong.
Admittedly, Godzilla vs Kong paved the way for the battle between the two monsters extremely well. The happenings and plot in the previous parts all bring the inevitable ending that the audience is expecting. A country can not have two kings and the movie pushes 2 characters into conflict leading to a very reasonable and convincing great battle.
But despite revolving around two popular Titan characters, but it seems that this film the director is more inclined to Kong when he spends a lot of time exploiting the psychology as well as the story surrounding this character. The way to create the image of Kong in the right direction, protecting the earth has created sympathy with the audience thanks to its relationship and other characters, this factor also makes the film so attractive. In addition to the bloody action scenes, the psychological element brought more special emotions to the audience, helping the film get rid of the usual aridity of Titan works.
As for Godzilla, since the previous films have exploited this character quite a lot, in this movie it only seems to play a role in promoting the storyline. However, the elements needed around the character to create its motives are still fully and clearly expressed by the director.
The strength of battles between giant monsters continued to flourish, Godzilla with Kong was filled with action scenes. King Kong has been increased in both strength and size to be able to match the monster King Godzilla. The visuals are much more invested than the previous films. The Titan's details have been improved significantly, the colors are also reproduced quite brilliantly, especially in the battle scenes, instead of the dark and realistic as in the previous parts.
The film continues to exploit environmental protection messages. Titans like Kong or Godzilla represent nature that is being destroyed and changed by humans. The human faction also split into two opposing sides in how to deal with monsters. APEX Company with the ambition to achieve ultimate power, take control of nature and dominate the world. And other individuals like Madison, Bernie find ways to save humanity from the punishment of the Titans. In addition, the film also incorporates messages about solidarity, calling for peace and living peacefully among the opposing sides.
Not only in the independent film, Godzilla vs Kong brings new directions in the movie universe MonsterVerse. Mechagodzilla also appears in the movie, an artificial robot monster to confront Godzilla. This movie also introduces the hollow land inside the Earth, where the Titans were born. The future of the series is still open when two prominent characters, Kong and Godzilla, have been exploited many times.
Because of the attractive look, the audience can completely ignore the most shortcomings of the enemy in the script stage, especially in the human character line. Logical or psychological elements are never something to expect in Titan-related works, but Godzilla vs Kong is a work worth experiencing.
The work also received many positive reviews from international critics on the first day of its release, reaching 92% positive score out of 12 reviews by Rotten Tomatoes. But there are many opinions that new Hollywood works are just entertaining, leaving no negative for viewers.