Film Review – GODZILLA VS. KONG (2021)

GODZILLA VS. KONG (2021, USA/Australia/Canada/India, 113m, 12) **½
Action, Sci-Fi
dist. Warner Bros.; pr co. Legendary Entertainment / Warner Bros.; d. Adam Wingard; w. Eric Pearson, Max Borenstein (based on a story by Terry Rossio and Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields); pr. Jon Jashni, Eric McLeod, Brian Rogers, Thomas Tull, Alex Garcia, Mary Parent; ph. Ben Seresin (Colour | 2.39:1); m. Junkie XL; ed. Josh Schaeffer; pd. Tom Hammock, Owen Paterson; ad. Richard Hobbs, Dawn Swiderski.
cast: Alexander Skarsgård (Nathan Lind), Millie Bobby Brown (Madison Russell), Rebecca Hall (Ilene Andrews), Brian Tyree Henry (Bernie Hayes), Shun Oguri (Ren Serizawa), Eiza González (Maya Simmons), Julian Dennison (Josh Valentine), Lance Reddick (Guillermin), Kyle Chandler (Mark Russell), Demián Bichir (Walter Simmons), Kaylee Hottle (Jia), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Admiral Wilcox), Ronny Chieng (Jay Wayne), John Pirruccello (Horace), Chris Chalk (Ben), Conlan Casal (Apex Cybernetics Security Guard), Brad McMurray (Apex Cybernetics Security Guard), Benjamin Rigby (Sonar Operator), Nick Turello (Apex Cybernetics Armed Guard), Daniel Nelson (Hayworth).
This giant monster movie mash-up pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another – the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong as a group of scientists explore a Hollow Earth theory that may account for the monsters’ existence. The film is a visual and sonic assault on the senses – so much so we become anaesthetised and dulled by the constant action. The technical attributes are admittedly very impressive, and the CGI is top draw. But what little attempts at humanity exist does so in characters that are cardboard and must deliver comic-strip dialogue. Story logic has been left at the door and the viewer is merely left to marvel at the visuals with little else to grab hold of.

Film Review – KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017)

Image result for kong skull island blu-rayKong: Skull Island (2017; USA; Colour; 118m) ***½  d. Jordan Vogt-Roberts; w. Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly, John Gatins; ph. Larry Fong; m. Henry Jackman.  Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Tian Jing, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell, Thomas Mann, Shea Whigham, Eugene Cordero, Marc Evan Jackson, Will Brittain, Miyavi, Richard Jenkins, Allyn Rachel, Robert Taylor, James M. Connor, Thomas Middleditch. Re-working of KING KONG (1933). In the 1970s, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted but beautiful isolated island that goes by the name of Skull Island, in the Indian Ocean. They soon discover that the island is home to a wonder of colossal proportions — the gigantic and prehistoric ape known as King Kong, who possesses great strength and semi-human intelligence. Fast-paced and CGI heavy monster-fest is great fun with a witty script. What it lacks in depth, it makes up for in spectacular breath-taking action set-pieces. Hiddleston is wooden in the lead, but Reilly excels as a discovered veteran who had been trapped on the island 28 years earlier. Jackson adds brio and Larson is appealing. Kong may be an impressive computer-generated creation but lacks the personality of the 1933 original. Also shot in 3-D. [12]