★★★ | by Emma Levett
Posted on Apr 7, 2021
Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home. Along for the ride is Jia, an orphaned girl who has a unique and powerful bond with the mighty beast. However, they soon find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla as he cuts a swath of destruction across the globe. The initial confrontation between the two titans — instigated by unseen forces — is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the planet.
After loving the old school rendition of Godzilla and even the old and latest films about Kong, I was adamant that this was a match made in heaven for me. Even after costing me a whopping £16.99 to rent on Sky Cinema. The journey starts when we witness Godzilla seemingly acting out of the ordinary by obliterating an Apex Cybernetics station. The Godzilla storyline for me was understandable to an extent but why Bernie Hayes (Brian Tyree Henry), Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown) and her friend Josh Valentine (Julian Dennison) were there to investigate Godzilla’s rampages was so extremely random. The relationship between them was incredibly 90s and backwards in my opinion. Bernie was there to apply the black comedy role which I thought the film industry had grown out of that style of stereotyping, the overweight nerdy kid, equipped with Dad jokes and just so happened to be the one to save the day and finally the overly annoying kid who happens to get away with anything and doesn’t seem to have a sense of reality.
The Kong storyline was the reverse for me. The plot was so confusing and beyond my understanding for a lot of it! But obviously, that could just be me. But the relationship between the people linked to Kong (good and bad) was better thought out and had a deeper meaning. I really did love watching the scenes between Jia (Kaylee Hottle) and Kong and it brought an innocence to what is a sci-fi action-packed saga. Albeit I had no idea what was going on with the core of the Earth, it appeared to be that the evil outlet of Apex needed the power for their big ass robotic Godzilla (obviously!), I did really like how Dr Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgård) was portrayed. Very much a more subtle type of lead male role than the overbearing heroic alpha role we tend to see in these type of films. Dr Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall) did play a pre-cautious and role which was unfortunate as we didn’t get any sense of a ‘Jane’ character that I love in a Kong film, she was very much overshadowed by the performance of Jia.
Now let’s move on to the most important part of the film ACTION AND FIGHT SCENES! The huge fight scene between Kong and Godzilla stole the show for me and the graphics were incredible. The only drawback would be that Kong and Godzilla looked a little small believe it or not in comparison to the landscaped. The moment where Kong head-butted Godzilla drew me right in and that was it. I know there will be people that are team Kong, like me, and I didn’t enjoy the fact that Godzilla won the show with all the fight scenes. A lot of times Kong seemed to be at an unfair advantage and looking back this could have been a film built all-around Godzilla, with Kong being a bolt-on titan edition. That being said, if you are looking for a minimal script with lots of action, then this film speaks action louder than words. Go team Kong!
No-one [Kong and Godzilla punch each other]