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Godzilla Vs. Kong 4K Review

“Godzilla Vs. Kong” delivers.

“Godzilla Vs. Kong” may be all about the Kaiju going face to face but there is a story here that often plays like a mystery involving Godzilla’s erratic behavior, the mysterious Apex Cybernetics organization, the search for the fabled Hollow Earth world, Kong leaving Skull Island and a BIG Apex project. How does everything tie together and unfold? You’re just going to have to see for yourself.

As a huge fan of both Godzilla and King Kong, I was nervous going into “Godzilla Vs. Kong.” Aside from the fantastic “The Guest,” director Adam Wingard’s track record has been spotty in the past (“Death Note” and “Blair Witch” were nearly unwatchable). Thankfully, all my fears were alleviated after seeing this movie as Wingard does not drop the ball. In fact, he hits a homerun.

As the title suggests, you get to see the 2 Kaiju Titans go head to head (more than once even) in a truly epic fashion. Also, as I’m sure you’ve heard by now (it’s even spoiled in the extras and trailers), Mechagodzilla is also thrown into the mix here. For any Kaiju aficionado, all the battles are pure geek heaven thanks to the skilled direction by Adam Wingard and the incredible FX team. We’ve never seen battles of this scale or magnitude before and it’s simply a joy to behold for anyone with an affinity for these characters. More importantly, the showdown is handled extremely well in that both characters get their due. I won’t say anything more than that as to avoid spoilers.

Normally, the character work tends to be the weak link in Kaiju films, but I actually enjoyed a good portion of it. Brian Tyree Henry (who plays a new character named Bernie) steals the show while Kaylee Hottle is in many ways the heart of the film as a young deaf girl who develops a bond with Kong. Alexander Skarsgard and Rebecca Hall are reliable as always. Millie Bobby Brown has a much more interesting role here than she did in “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” as Madison. Julian Dennison is probably at his best since “Hunt For The Wilderpeople.” Demian Bichir seems to be relishing playing the bad guy here as he eats up the scenery.

I don’t think anyone is going to claim the script by Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein is going to win any awards. There is some really weird sci-fi stuff in here with the Hollow Earth and the cartoony villainous Apex Cybernetics organization, those elements don’t detract from the overall film. Luckily, that doesn’t matter as the audience gets what matters most- the Kaiju on Kaiju showdown. The script wastes no time getting down to business. It’s even the shortest of the 4 Monsterverse movies (although I do think it should have been a tad bit longer). Additionally, I do have to give Pearson and Borenstein props for tying in all 4 films from the Monsterverse. There’s a great deal of synergy here which rewards the hardcore fans.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 2160p. How does it look? The colors and Titans really look dazzling in 4K.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? Simply put, this is one of the best Atmos tracks I have ever heard. Between Kong’s room shaking growls to the epic end battles that will put your speakers to work, this Atmos track is perfection.


Extras:
* An insightful, passionate and honest commentary by director Adam Wingard. I like how he even gets emotional over scenes too.
* Digital copy
* Blu-ray copy
* “Godzilla Attacks”- A featurette on the Godzilla attacks featured in the film. The characters and story are touched upon a bit here too.
* “The Phenomenon Of Gojira, King of the Monsters”- A featurette on the popularity and legacy of Godzilla.
* “Kong Leaves Home”- The title says it all. This extra is all about Kong’s journey.
* “Kong Discovers Hollow Earth”- The new world gets the spotlight here.
* “Behold Kong’s Temple”- An extra all about Kong’s Temple in the Hollow Earth.
* “The Evolution Of Kong, Eighth Wonder Of The World”- A look at Kong over the years in cinema.
* “The Rise Of Mechagodzilla”- The worst kept secret gets its own featurette.
* 3 featurettes on the battles including the one at sea, the epic Godzilla vs. Kong battle, and the climactic tag team fight.

June 10, 2021 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , , , , ,

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