Godzilla vs. Kong, 2021.
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 and Kaylee Hottle.
In the case Godzilla vs. Kong was heard in theaters a few months ago, and now the verdict has been handed down in this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release that comes with a Blu-ray disc and digital code. The modernity of CGI festivals is perfect for 4K, and this film shines here. You’ll also find a nice batch of featurettes that take just over an hour, as well as director Adam Wingard’s commentary.
I’ve never been a fan of the “Turn off your brain and enjoy the movie” thinking experience when it comes to big budget hits. Many of the main hits have had the core of humanity, which is beyond the special effects movie “Gee whiz flash Bang”.
For I’ve had trouble watching these new Godzilla and King Kong movies: the characters have usually been generally one-dimensional people, many of whom are science-y-type who say a lot of pseudo-y-things about this. The new era of the Titans and so on. And interesting, like Bryan Cranston’s character in 2014 Godzilla restart, don’t stay very long unfortunately. Others, I think, have usually been interchangeable – sometimes I don’t remember who’s new in the last movie and who was involved during the last movie.
However, this year Godzilla vs. Kong had the opportunity to change it, especially with the story of Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown), the daughter of two Monarch scholars and a returning actress Godzilla: King of monsters; Apex Cybernetics Technician and Director of Conspiracy Theory Bernie Hayes (Brian Tyree Henry); and Madison’s friend Josh Valentine (Julian Dennison). Madison is a fan of the Bernie podcast and leaves with Josh, who has taken his brother’s van on a trip to find out why Godzilla attacked the Apex facility in Florida. They are connected to Bernie and the trio will continue their research together.
Their story goes hand in hand with Dr. Ilene Andrews, a Congolese expert who has adopted Jian, the last Iwi-native Kong from Skull Island. Jia is deaf and has ties to Kong, thanks to the sharing of their sign language. Jian’s relationship with Kong and Ilene is an opportunity to borrow some of the aforementioned humanity, but their story is full of a lot of science stuff and runs around to figure out the truth behind the theory that there is Hollow Earth where Titans like Kong and Godzilla once lived.
Ilene and others have followed Kong in a giant dome on Skull Island, and it is decided to move Kong elsewhere via ship. Of course, this sets Godzilla to come and hunt him (not knowing why any of the scientific people didn’t think so), and the first of their three battles takes place at sea. There is a lot of presentation in this early stage of the film, which will help create more of this franchise mythology. I actually like the idea that if Warner Bros. is going to make a series of Kong and Godzilla movies, they might as well create a common universe in their lives. This is better than in the distant past, when these two franchises were only a series of random films, including 1962 King Kong vs. Godzilla.
However, I’m a little tired of science-y characters. It would have been more fun to focus on Madison’s crew and figure out a way to connect Jia to the group. A story with five screenwriters in credits, but with much more in the writers ’room, would have been more interesting if the focus had been on outsiders trying to understand what was happening on the Titans, rather than cutting to scientific people who could explain everything to us anyway. As a result, the script feels like it ended up following a formula, and not something more unique that could have come from such a large group of writers who composed the ideas.
All that was said, yes, if you just want to have fun watching two monsters beating shit apart, with a third joining the mix towards the end and shaking the dynamics, you can’t go wrong Godzilla vs. Kong. The special effects of these types of movies just get better and better, and nowadays no one has to remaster a new movie to take advantage of 4K, which is nice. This 4K Ultra HD disc will simply shine if you have a decent lineup, and if you’ve invested in a high-quality home theater, you’ll have an experience that’s about as close to a movie theater as you can get in 2021..
This new Warner Bros. The publication also includes a Blu-ray disc with the movie and a set of bonus features as well as digital copy code. The 4K disc shares only one bonus feature with the Blu-ray disc, which is a commentary by director Adam Wingard. He was clearly prepared for this discussion, with a lot of ideas and production anecdotes to share. If you’re looking for something very technical, given the huge amount of effects, you won’t find it here because he offers more of an overall discussion about making a movie. However, he touches on the digital and practical effects used, which is useful if you enjoy playing “Was it CGI or practical?” game while watching a movie.
The rest of the bonus features can be found on the Blu-ray Disc and include ideas from different actors and crew members, depending on the topic and who needs to discuss it. They are:
- God: This is a featurette pair that lasts a total of about 16 minutes and focuses on the Titan from Toho, Godzilla. This is a mix of old and new, looking at the character’s present and how he has evolved since his first appearance in 1954.
- King: Now let’s look at the world’s eighth wonder, King Kong, in four performances that total about 30 minutes. (Hmmm, didn’t the producer of this release favor one monster over another?) As in the Godzilla brochures, this collection looks at the character today, including a study of the complex effects during the part of the film set in Hollow. Earth as well as his various iterations that returned to his debut in 1933.
- The rise of Mecha-Godzilla (7 minutes): I hope the name of this item is not a spoiler. The last film, Godzilla, brought back a number of echoes from his previous history, so it should come as no surprise that his mechanical cousin should appear here as well. This featurette looks at the character’s history from his debut in 1974 to the present day.
- Fights: This is the last collection of artifacts that will last about 19 minutes and watch the film’s three main monster battles, including, of course, the CGI work involved.
Flickering myth rating – Movie: ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★