Sunday 31 March 2024

REVIEW: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024 Film) Starring Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Dan Stevens and Kaylee Hottle

Review by Jon Donnis
Director Adam Wingard returns to the helm in "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire," the latest installment in the MonsterVerse franchise. Produced by Legendary Pictures, this film serves as a sequel to the epic clash between Godzilla and Kong in 2021's "Godzilla vs. Kong." Promising another round of monstrous mayhem, Wingard's vision delivers on the spectacle while expanding the universe with new locales and threats.

The plot picks up some time after the defeat of Mechagodzilla, with Kong retreating to the depths of the newly discovered Hollow Earth while Godzilla maintains order on the Earth's surface. However, tranquility is short-lived as an unidentified signal emerges, triggering a chain of events that pulls both Titans back into action. As Godzilla embarks on a journey to confront the source of the signal, Kong discovers a tribe of giant apes within the Hollow Earth, sparking a new adventure. Not to mention a super cute baby Kong character which you will love.

Rebecca Hall reprises her role as Dr. Ilene Andrews, accompanied by Brian Tyree Henry's charismatic portrayal of conspiracy podcaster Bernie Hayes. Their journey intertwines with that of Kaylee Hottle's Jia, the last known survivor of the Iwi tribe from Skull Island, who shares a special bond with Kong. Together with a Titan veterinarian named Trapper, played by Dan Stevens, the characters embark on a perilous quest into the heart of the Earth.

The film thrives on its relentless action and stunning visual effects. From towering skyscraper battles to breathtaking Hollow Earth landscapes, each frame is filled with awe-inspiring spectacle. Wingard skillfully choreographs epic showdowns between Titans, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats throughout. The clash between Kong and the tyrannical Skar King, aided by the ice-powered Titan Shimo, is particularly memorable, showcasing the film's commitment to delivering larger-than-life battles.

However, "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" falls short in terms of character development and storytelling depth. While the action is undeniably thrilling, the human side of the narrative feels underexplored, with limited emotional resonance for the characters. The film leans heavily on its blockbuster spectacle, sacrificing opportunities for deeper exploration of its themes and characters.

Additionally, some inconsistencies in monster size may detract from the immersion for certain viewers. While the visual effects are undeniably impressive, moments where the scale of the Titans seems inconsistent may pull audiences out of the experience.

This is a pure big action CGI Hollywood type of film, and that means there isn't much of a story, and where as the 2023 Japanese film "Godzilla Minus One" exemplified the power of storytelling and human resilience in the face of unimaginable challenges, this film does lack that human side, the character development that Japanese movies are just better at telling.

In summary, "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" is a thrilling rollercoaster ride that delivers on its promise of epic monster battles. Wingard's direction, coupled with breathtaking visuals, ensures a spectacle that will leave audiences in awe. While the film may lack depth in its storytelling and character development, it more than makes up for it with sheer entertainment value. Fans of the MonsterVerse franchise will undoubtedly find plenty to enjoy, making it a worthy addition to the series.

Score: 8 out of 10.

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