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Godzilla vs. Kong [2021] (2 discs)

Director:Adam Wingard
Writer:Eric Pearson
Max Borenstein
Composer:Junkie XL
Length:113 minutes
(1 hour 53 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:75%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another - the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong - with humanity caught in the balance.

Reaction: This one gives you exactly what you want going in and more. Fun and exciting, though if you want depth, watch Gattaca.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Adam Wingard => Director
Eric Pearson => Writer
Max Borenstein => Writer
Junkie XL => Composer
Alexander Skarsgård => Nathan Lind
Benjamin Rigby => Sonar Operator
Brian Tyree Henry => Bernie Hayes
Demián Bichir => Walter Simmons
Eiza González => Maia Simmons
Jim Palmer => Maia Apex Cybernetics Guard
Julian Dennison => Josh Valentine
Kaylee Hottle => Jia
Ken Watanabe => Bar Patron (uncredited)
Kyle Chandler => Mark Russell
Lance Reddick => Guillermin
Millie Bobby Brown => Madison Russell
Rebecca Hall => Ilene Andrews
Shun Oguri => Ren Serizawa

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • In this film, Kong faces off against Mechagodzilla. Something Kong has never done previously on film. However, Kong has squared off with a Mechanized Kong in the Japanese film King Kong Escapes (1967).
  • When Mechagodzilla is being activated after outbreaking it's power signature, one can hear Gidorah like screams blending with the mechanical and electrical whining.
  • This will be the second film featuring Godzilla to have Lance Reddick, though he only appears in one scene for less than a minute. Reddick previously appeared in Godzilla (1998), which isn't connected to this one.
  • Kong's axe Is made from the dorsal fin of a Godzilla ancestor.
  • The same artist, who designed MechaGodzilla for Ready Player One, re-designed MechaGodzilla for this film. Artist credit -[?] Jared Krichevsky-
  • Although Mecha Godzilla is seen being controlled by neurological transmissions from King Ghidorah's brain and piloted by Ren Serizawa, the original version from Toho was sent and controlled by Aliens in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974).
  • Using electricity to help Kongs heart "jump start" could be a direct nod to original King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) as Kong was hurt, lightening strikes energized him and help him fight Godzilla.
  • During the first confrontation between the two Titans, Godzilla, after plowing through one of the escort ships, gets the anchor of one half caught on his tail, causing him to drag it behind him. As he approaches the ship carrying Kong, the only indication of his (underwater) presence is the ship being dragged on the surface, much like the shark dragging the barrels in Jaws (1975).
  • Despite being the main villian, Mechagodzilla has roughly 5 minutes of screen-time
  • Adam Wingard offered [?] James Rolfe (best known as the Angry Video Game Nerd) a cameo in the film, but he declined due to the impending birth of his second child
  • The Monarch officer present on Skull Island at the beginning played by Lance Reddicknote is named 'Guillermin', a reference to John Guillermin, the director for King Kong (1976) and King Kong Lives (1986).
  • [?] Jessica Henwick and Ziyi Zhang had been cast in the movie but their roles ended up being cut. Zhang had appeared in the previous Godzilla movie, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). Lance Reddick also had his role reduced in the editing room.
  • Rebecca Hall described her participation as "overwhelming" due to the film being her first project after her pregnancy, but found the experience "thrilling".
  • This isn't the first time that Kong is found to have learned to understand and speak sign language, after humans initially believing that he didn't understand; it also occurred in King Kong (2005).
  • Director Adam Wingard thought of Godzilla as The Undertaker, the pro-wrestling character and fearsome loner who comes and goes to take on enemies when he needs to. for Kong, Wingard looked to Bruce Willis' John McClane, even giving the big guy a dangerous jump that's also a "Die Hard" homage in the film. "He's this '80s action-hero archetype," he says of Kong. "John McClane is this awesome cop, but it's like one guy versus a bunch of terrorists." And like Willis' good guy, Kong's in a little over his head though he isn't totally outgunned.
  • Dr. Nathan Lind is introduced while he is working in the basement of the Denham University of Theoretical Science, as he's an academic outsider due to his seemingly crackpot Hollow Earth theories. The fictional university is likely named after Carl Denham, the character from the original King Kong (and Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005)) who first mounts the expedition to Skull Island because he wants to film a motion picture there.
  • This will be the second film featuring King Kong to star Kyle Chandler. Chandler previously appeared in King Kong (2005), though as a different character.
  • The reason Godzilla ignored Kong and his parents when they were on Skull Island was that they were essentially in exile after losing the war. Godzilla laid claim to the Earth while the Kongs were confined to Skull Island for the rest of their lives. The Titans are smart enough to handle political exile.
  • The giant cobra-like snakes seen in the Hollow Earth are called 'Titanus Warbats', although they were supposedly called 'Nozuki' during pre-production.
  • The fourth installment of the MonsterVerse.
  • Before being hired for the film, composer Junkie XL had already written music for Godzilla just for fun. He described himself as a Godzilla fanatic who owned all the films in Japanese. While he was being hired, he mentioned this to director Wingard and showed him what he had composed. For the film he felt that they needed to use the biggest bass drum on the planet.
  • Jia is a deaf Iwi girl portrayed by Kaylee Hottle, who is from an all-deaf family.
  • Running at just 113 minutes (1 hour and 53 minutes), this is the shortest film in the MonsterVerse.Adam Wingard explained why the movie's runtime is a little less than two hours. He stated that this is on purpose, telling Variety that he prefers to keep his films under the two-hour mark. The director also said that if Godzilla vs Kong were to run for three hours, it likely wouldn't include an additional hour of the Titans duking it out. He stated; "A lot of the fans online were all asking me is this going to be a three-hour film? When it was announced that it was a little under two hours they immediately thought when is the director's cut coming out? I like movies under two hours. I think if you do a movie over two hours, you better have a "darn" good reason for it to be that long. At the end of the day, if you're going to make this movie into three hours, you're not going to get an extra hour of monsters fighting. You're going to get an extra hour of people talking about monsters."
  • When asked about the apparent height difference between Godzilla and Kong in 2018, Adam Wingard said "They gave us a good out in Kong: Skull Island (2017) when they mentioned that Kong is still growing, but that'll be a challenge we have to deal with, and we're very aware of that issue."
  • During their final duel, Kong attempts his trademark "jaw snapper" finishing move, first demonstrated during his iconic battle with the T-Rex in King Kong (1933). However the battle-hardened Godzilla outmaneuvers or outmuscles it each time. Mechagodzilla, on the other hand, is not so lucky.