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Ranking The MonsterVerse Movies

Now that “Godzilla Vs. Kong” has been released, it felt like the right time to rank the Legendary MonsterVerse movies. At the time of this posting, it’s unclear what is next for the MonsterVerse, but given the monster box office for GVK, it’s safe to assume we’ll be seeing more movies in the future (maybe a “Pacific Rim” crossover?). Below I have listed my personal ranking of the four MonsterVerse films from best to least favorite.

1. Godzilla (2014)- This. Movie. Rocks. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is one of my favorite movies of the past 20 years. It’s an artfully done monster movie with something to say. Director Gareth Edwards shows that sometimes less is more. When we do see action and the monsters battling, it is satisfying on every level.

2. Godzilla Vs. Kong- This is a tough one for me. “Kong: Skull Island” could easily be number 2. At the end of the day though, this versus movie delivers in what it sets out to do. Yes, there is some very weird sci-fi stuff here with the Hollow Earth and advanced tech, but I like that Adam Wingard delivers a fast paced movie that wastes no time. If you want Godzilla Vs. Kong action, you certainly get it here. Even the human element is pretty enjoyable here with Brian Tyree Henry and Kaylee Hottle stealing the show. 

3. Kong: Skull Island- I recently revisited this Jordan Vogt-Roberts movie and I had a blast doing so. The “Apocalypse Now” vibes, the epic Kong action, and John C. Reilly’s award worthy performance really make this one a winner. There may be too many characters (that Toby Kebbell plot goes nowhere), but it doesn’t detract from the movie much.

4. Godzilla: King of the Monsters- After being floored by “Godzilla” (2014), it’s possible my expectations were too high for this one. After all, how could I NOT be excited to see Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah in a movie together? Alas, this turned out to be a massive disappointment. I admire Mike Dougherty as a filmmaker (“Trick ‘R Treat” is a fantastic horror anthology movie), but the script by Dougherty and Zach Shields is a bloated mess. Yes, there’s more Kaiju action, but it’s largely forgettable. Again, sometimes less IS more.


April 4, 2021 - Posted by | List | , , ,

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