Early Reactions to “Godzilla vs. Kong” Revel in the Monster Melee
If you’re going to make a movie called Godzilla vs. Kong, you know the most important thing to do is get the title fight right. It sounds as if director Adam Wingard succeeded in that first and most crucial respect. It almost goes without saying that in almost all of these mega-monster movies, the human characters are often filler (and also very often a snack for the titans). It’s hard to share the screen with someone forty, or four-hundred, feet taller than you are. The early reactions to Godzilla vs. Kong follow this logic—the best stuff, they say, is when Godzilla and Kong have at it.
Godzilla vs Kong takes the hero of Godzilla and Godzilla: King of Monsters and the hero of Kong: Skull Island and makes them enemies. It also, at least as far as the trailers are concerned, makes Godzilla the bad guy and Kong the hero. Having to scramble and survive amongst them are our humans, played by Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Kyle Chandler, Brian Tyree Henry, Alexander Skarsgård, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, and Demián Bichir. There’s also Kaylee Hottle, who plays an orphaned girl named Jia, who holds the key, it seems, to Kong’s heart.
Here’s the official synopsis from Warner Bros, and below that we’ll share some of the early reactions. Godzilla vs. Kong premieres in theaters and on HBO Max on March 31.
Legends collide in “Godzilla vs. Kong” as these mythic adversaries meet in a spectacular battle for the ages, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe. The epic clash between the two titans—instigated by unseen forces—is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the Earth.
I’ve seen #GodzillaVsKong and it is grade-A awesome! The monster brawls are badass & beautiful — huge fights, all well designed & super gnarly. Solid story, strong cast, really good score. A true Midnight Monster Movie & my favorite of the four modern Godzilla/Kong movies. pic.twitter.com/zkEhbvS9pf
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) March 21, 2021
#GodzillaVsKong is fun, vibrant, action-packed, and energizing.
GvK lives up to the heavyweight match it advertised with amazing visual effects and action sequences. This movie is selling a spectacle, and that’s exactly what audiences will get.
— Sheraz Farooqi (@SherazFarooqi_) March 21, 2021
#GodzillaVsKong is one hell of a ride! True, it feels like some stuff is missing &it flys by on a greased rail. But that’s part of why I love it so much, in the shadow of the plot heavy KOTM. The fights are epic, and Adam Wingard brings his style & color to the MonsterVerse. pic.twitter.com/NjnVusQCrr
— Mike Reyes (@MrControversy83) March 21, 2021
As expected – and probably as it should be – the titan fights are the best parts of #GodzillaVsKong . Adam Wingard definitely has the eye to make the most of those moments! Still don’t think they’ve nailed how to incorporate human characters, but the top-notch ensemble helps. pic.twitter.com/ttpmNJOElo
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) March 21, 2021
#GodzillavsKong is a visual spectacle featuring jaw-dropping fight scenes btwn the two iconic titans. Wingard’s directing style is on full display in a colorful & breathtaking fashion that also harkens back to the 80s style kaiju. Needless to say, this film is a blast! pic.twitter.com/j31lc55iVO
— Shannon 🎃🍭@ SXSW (@shannon_mcgrew) March 21, 2021
#GodzillaVsKong is breathtaking, out of this world, and easily the best in the series! The heart of the story is Kong, and the human story complements the monsters’ adventures, allowing them to shine. Just seeing the two iconic monsters battling each other is worth it alone. pic.twitter.com/cHEe1f579M
— John Nguyen (@JohnSpartan300) March 21, 2021
So, #GodzillaVsKong is exactly what you expect from the film. Monsters battling it out. The CGI is the best of all the monster movies. The fighting is really great & you’re conflicted abt who to cheer for! Plot is eh. But, we all know why you’re watching this movie lol pic.twitter.com/KdMO388F8c
— Laura (she/her) (@lsirikul) March 21, 2021
#GodzillaVsKong is the movie we’ve all been waiting for. Three rounds of these two titans going head to head.
— Ricky Valero (@rickyvalero_) March 21, 2021
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Featured image: Caption: (L-r) GODZILLA battles KONG in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “GODZILLA VS. KONG,” a Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures release. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures