Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire: Visually Spectacular Fights and Nothing More

Director Godzilla vs. Kong Adam Wingard returns for this sequel, which fully invests in a world where the Titans live among us and have the potential to destroy cities leaving humanity in a constant state of anxiety

by Sededin Dedovic
SHARE
Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire: Visually Spectacular Fights and Nothing More
© Warner Bros. Pictures / Youtube channel

The year 2021 marked a significant event in the world of movie monsters - the meeting of two iconic titans in the movie "Godzilla vs Kong". After fans have been anticipating this epic battle for almost three years, the new movie has finally hit the cinema screens, bringing spectacular action, stunning visuals and an intriguing story.

The film takes place several years after the events of Godzilla vs. Kong. Godzilla has become the protector of humanity, defending it from the other Titans, while Kong lives in the isolation of the Hollow Earth. However, the peace is short-lived.

An unexpected signal from Hollow Earth attracts the attention of Monarch, a research organization studying the Titans. dr. Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall), a determined scientist, leads an expedition into the unknown, accompanied by a team of experts including veterinarian Trapper (Dan Stevens), podcaster Bernie Hayes (Brian Tyree Henry) and a young girl named Jija (Kaylee Hottle) who has a special connection with the Congo.

In Hollow Earth, the Monarch team faces a series of dangers, uncovering the existence of hidden Titans and the true motives of Apex Cybernetics, a corrupt company that wants to use the Titans for its own purposes. At the same time, Godzilla is behaving strangely, which leads to tension and conflict with Kong.

At the heart of the story is Mechagodzilla, a mechanical Titan created by Apex Cybernetics who represents the greatest threat to humanity and the Titans themselves.

unknown© Warner Bros. Pictures / Youtube channel

The film does not neglect the human dimension either.

dr. Andrews is portrayed as a brave and intelligent scientist who is not afraid to face danger in the name of knowledge and protection. Trapper brings cheerfulness and humor to the team, while Bernie Hayes serves as a tension reliever with his sarcasm and witticisms.

Jia is the key character that connects Kong to humanity and represents the hope for peaceful coexistence.

Direction and special effects

Adam Wingard, the director of the film, skillfully combines spectacular actions with tense atmosphere and emotional scenes, it must be admitted.

The dynamic battles between Godzilla, Kong and Mechagodzilla are visually stunning and choreographed to perfection, using cameras that put the viewer in the middle of the destruction, so it's best to watch this movie in the cinema.

The special effects are incredible and add to the realism and grandeur of the film. The design of the Titan is perhaps the most impressive, standing out for its strength, wild beauty and unique features. Mechagodzilla is particularly impressive, with his metal body and mechanical weapons making him a formidable opponent, but perhaps the creator went a bit overboard there.

unknown© Warner Bros. Pictures / Youtube channel

Director Godzilla vs. Kong Adam Wingard returns for this sequel, which fully invests in a world where the Titans live among us and have the potential to destroy cities leaving humanity in a constant state of anxiety.

At the same time, however, Wingard tries to inject some levity, whether through Stevens' sarcastic quips or the occasional cheesy classic rock song on the soundtrack. "Godzilla vs Kong" offers more interpretations than the obvious battle of giant monsters.

It can be seen as an allegory of humanity's relationship with nature, which was the message of the original film, but this film is still spectacular entertainment with a lot of action and visual effects. Regardless of the interpretation and incredible fight scenes, the film triggers thinking and emotions in the viewer.

unknown© Warner Bros. Pictures / Youtube channel

Comparison with previous films

"Godzilla vs Kong" builds on the mythology established in previous films in the MonsterVerse franchise, such as "Godzilla" (2014), "Kong: Skull Island" (2017) and "Godzilla: King of the Monsters" (2019).

The film contains references to those films, such as the appearance of the famous Titans and the Monarch organization. However, "Godzilla vs Kong" has a greater focus on action than its predecessors, but it is understandable even without prior knowledge of the previous sequels.

Compared to the previous films, "Godzilla vs Kong" gives less space to the development of the human characters. Although the main actors played their roles solidly, the film prioritizes the spectacle of the fight between the Titans and that is definitely the biggest flaw.

Human characters like Jie and Dr. Andrews still contributes to the emotional weight of the film and connects the viewer to the events, but that is simply not the focus. As is inevitable with a sequel where two celestial beasts are at war with each other, Wingard's only choice in terms of upping the ante is to introduce even bigger and meaner new monsters. Despite all the punches and smashed buildings, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire barely leaves an impact.

SHARE