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Godzilla vs. Kong - Discussion thread

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  1. moocow1452
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    If you wanted a movie where you see a Kong fighting a Godzilla, this is definitely that movie. Human plot is mostly taking up space per the usual, the trio of Madison, Bernie and Josh in...

    If you wanted a movie where you see a Kong fighting a Godzilla, this is definitely that movie. Human plot is mostly taking up space per the usual, the trio of Madison, Bernie and Josh in particular just kinda letting the movie happen around them, and a whole lot of names and plots are being thrown around that I wasn't familiar with, but I liked the part where the big lizard punched the monkey, and that's what I came to see.

    10 votes
  2. nezwulf
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    I liked it for the Godzilla parts, but the Kong bits felt like a step down from Skull Island. Skull Island had great monster and environment design, plus it had very charismatic human characters...

    I liked it for the Godzilla parts, but the Kong bits felt like a step down from Skull Island. Skull Island had great monster and environment design, plus it had very charismatic human characters (John C. Reilly's character is my favorite in the entire Monsterverse so far). They establish that Kong is very intelligent, but they never use it.

    The fights were pretty great, but even then it felt like an inferior Pacific Rim. Skull Island and KOTM showed that the studio had potential for great creature design and interactions between these creatures, but all that was thrown away for pretty straightforward brawls.

    The trio going to Hong Kong was just wasted time that could've been cut out or replaced with something else.

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    Ellimist
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    Enjoyed it overall. Perhaps less than KotM but more than the first Monsterverse Zilla Maybe I’m being overly sappy(not something I’m generally accused of) but I’ve grown weary of films where...

    Enjoyed it overall. Perhaps less than KotM but more than the first Monsterverse Zilla

    Maybe I’m being overly sappy(not something I’m generally accused of) but I’ve grown weary of films where monsters/mechs/aliens/heroes/villains are wantonly destroying everything in sight and likely killing hundreds or thousands of innocents and overmatched soldiers. I had hoped part of the reason for finding Hollow Earth was to lure Zilla and Kong there and let them slug it out with minimal risk to Humanity.

    Alas, Hong Kong became their playground.

    I did appreciate that Kong and Zilla, more or less, seemed to make their peace with each other. Zilla rules the surface, Kong rules the Hollow Earth.

    2 votes
    1. Grzmot
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      Yeah but those N E O N S I G N S though.

      Alas, Hong Kong became their playground.

      Yeah but those N E O N S I G N S though.

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  4. babypuncher
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    This was a great movie to laugh at with my SO over some left over Chinese food. The plot was super dumb and fun to riff. The action sequences were exciting and silly. The humans had all the...

    This was a great movie to laugh at with my SO over some left over Chinese food. The plot was super dumb and fun to riff. The action sequences were exciting and silly. The humans had all the character of a wet piece of cardboard, just like the last of these I saw (the 2014 reboot).

    This is not something I would ever bother seeing in theaters. Debuting on a streaming platform was a great call here.

    One thing that rubbed me the wrong way was the conspiracy theorist plot line. I always think it's a dumb cliché when the loony conspiracy theorist is "right". But it feels extra tone deaf given the recent surge in popularity of some crackpot conspiracies and the real-world consequences they have imparted. Steven Soderbergh's Contagion handled this much better way back in 2011, with Jude Law's character starting off more as comic relief and turning into a true nuisance spreading grotesque misinformation for his own gain and making the present disaster worse.

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  5. zptc
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    GvK is a very good 100-minute movie trapped in a merely decent 115-minute movie. We don't necessarily need more monster screentime, but we could have done with less of the aggressively stupid...

    GvK is a very good 100-minute movie trapped in a merely decent 115-minute movie. We don't necessarily need more monster screentime, but we could have done with less of the aggressively stupid human screentime.