You can forgive me for going into Godzilla vs Kong with a wee bit of trepidation. You see, the last time Alexander Skarsgård had top billing in a blockbuster, it was The Legend of Tarzan, and before that it was Battleship – you see where I’m going with this? And that’s not a slight on Skarsgård at all, he’s a great actor, but just hasn’t found the success he deserves when it comes to tentpole movies.
And then there’s the MonsterVerse itself. Things started off exceptionally in 2014 when director Gareth Edwards (Rogue One) created a beautifully shot and rather understated Godzilla reboot. Then in 2017, Kong: Skull Island entered the fray in what has to be one of the most bonkers and visually stunning blockbusters of the last 5 years.
Unfortunately, all this good work was undone somewhat when Godzilla: King of the Monsters was released in 2019. Messy, with a poor script, it threatened to derail the entire franchise. Nevertheless, Warner Bros. pushed on with creating Godzilla vs Kong and after numerous pushbacks, it finally arrives in the UK on the small screen – but is it actually any good?
2014’s Godzillawas a thrilling and somewhat underrated return to form for the king of the kaiju. Directed by visionary film-maker Gareth Edwards, Godzilla’s return to the big screen was beautifully filmed with some of the best set pieces ever seen on celluloid. It certainly made up for the Roland Emmerich monstrosity that shall remain nameless here.
Little did we know 5 years ago that Edwards’ mega movie would be the start of a franchise culminating in a battle of the ages: Godzilla vs Kong. Follow-up film Kong: Skull Island was again, beautifully filmed, feeling like a movie from a completely different era. Now the follow-up to the follow-up is here. Still with us? Good. Continue reading →
The fact that Legendary Pictures are busying themselves with an epic Godzilla vs King Kong showdown is one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood. Naturally, this presented a problem for Peter Jackson’s Kong who simply doesn’t measure up against the giant lizard in 2013’s Godzilla.
And in Hollywood, size really does matter; therefore the monstrous ape has been given a monumental upgrade featuring an all-star cast and some serious talent behind the camera. But is Kong: Skull Island as bananas as its trailers would suggest? Or are we looking at something a little more mainstream?
Bringing things to a close for 2014, the MM Top 5 series will focus on the very best films of last year. From animated adventures to dystopian thrillers, which movie will be crowned the pinnacle of 2014’s offerings?
The king of the Kaiju, Godzilla, has had a very chequered cinematic history. From the classic original Japanese films to Roland Emmerich’s 1998 disaster, the famous beast hasn’t always been given the respect deserved of such an iconic monster.
Now, 16 years after Emmerich’s critical flop, Monsters director Gareth Edwards resurrects the gargantuan reptile in this year’s reboot, simply titled Godzilla, but is it a return to form?