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Godzilla vs. Kong Trailer Review

By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

While they haven’t been for everyone, both critically and commercially, I have really enjoyed the new wave of Godzilla movies as well as Kong: Skull Island. Yes, I even really enjoyed Godzilla: King of the Monsters. While the human aspects of the story isn’t always the strongest, visually and in terms of scale, they have been stunning movies. The stinger of Skull Island set up the prospect of these two icons sharing the same screen once again. So, as a fan of this shared universe, why am I not feeling this movie?

Now, don’t get me wrong, of course I am going to watch this film. But I am just really struggling to get excited for Godzilla vs. Kong. The main reason for this is, I just don’t feel like this is a film we need, at least in this context. Now, I am all for the pair to share the screen, but not as adversaries! We know this format by now, two characters facing off only to come together to face the ‘real threat’, in this case it will more than likely be Mechagodzilla. If you are going to use both of these characters, just rid yourself of the nonsense of having them go at it for the majority of the movie. The only thing worse than this setup, is if the film goes the way suggested by the dialogue in the trailer. That Godzilla has just gone bad. Now, we see that Madison (Millie Bobby Brown) is trying to disprove this theory, so this is highly unlikely. However, to have Godzilla save the world in your previous movie only to make him the villain is just chaotic storytelling. So I am hoping that they do stick with the manipulation route, with suggestions that Apex is the organisation behind this, building on the premise of harvesting Titan DNA from the previous movie. Now, of course, this is just a trailer and the movie could surprise us all, so it’s not worth getting too worked up at this stage. But the trailer did have a few red flags.

As for the trailer’s biggest mistake? Well that was the music choice. I’m not sure who gave the green light for this one, but it was just awful. It didn’t fit at all with the visuals and felt more like a video game trailer than this epic cinematic event. Previously, and especially with Godzilla: King of the Monsters, these trailers have been works of art. This time around it feels so underwhelming, which is a big disappointment.

Now, premise and music aside, there were more than a few things that caught my eye, so let’s talk about them!

If you haven’t already done so, you can check out the trailer below.

5 Things From The Trailer

Mechagodzilla

I mean, I knew they would always go there, but I am slightly disappointed that they have revealed this in the first trailer. Especially given the film is out in two months’ time! With Mecha’s inclusion, as I have already stated, it feels as if he will be the real villain of the film. Again, I have no issue with this. I think rather than having another all-monster mash up, going in a different direction just helps keep the franchise fresh. Even though a lot of people would guess it, having Godzilla actually turn out to be Mechagodzilla all along is still much more favourable that just Godzilla is now evil.

We get our first glimpse in a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ scene right at the beginning of the trailer. This is followed up later on, as we see his outline and a ‘battery charging’ text on a display screen, presumably at an Apex facility.

Free Kong Plushy With Every Order

It was always going to be interesting to see how they would manage Kong. It’s not as if they could just abduct him and drop him into the middle of a city, they would need some sort of control. This appears to come in the form of a connection he has with a young girl. This sets up the possibility of a nice emotional dynamic between the two, one that is much more apparent than that of the relationship between Godzilla and Madison. Kong has always been about those connections so hopefully they get enough time to fully flesh this out during the film.

As for the shot itself, it is just a great visual. The homemade Kong doll or effigy being held aloft as Kong approaches. This is the type of visual that was a big plus in the series’ previous films.

SPLASH Page

Here we have Kong and Godzilla going at in on an aircraft carrier and it just feels like an exaggerated visual paying homage to the 60s head-to-head.

I mean, it’s stupid, but it looks great! It is pure comic book foolishness. It’s the sort of thing you’d see on a t-shirt that you can buy for a tenner of eBay. It just makes you nod along and thinking “that’s pretty cool!”

Tronzilla

I have stated it a few times now, but visually I love these movies. Say what you like about the story or human characters, visually these films have always been something special. Here, I love the contrast of the darkness of Godzilla and the bright neon lights of the cityscape. I hope this is just one of many scenes of similar greatness.

Kong – God of Thunder

It appears that Kong has fashioned an axe from one of Godzilla’s dorsal spikes. Probably dislodged from their first encounter. A part from his size, this is really Kong’s only super power, the ability to fashion tools to use. It’s not like he has the different power-levels of Godzilla to switch gear to.

In another ‘splash page’ style shot, I love how Kong is deflecting and charging up his axe from Godzilla’s own attack – which it obviously can do, as it is a part of Godzilla!

What did you make of the trailer for Godzilla vs. Kong? Let us know in the comments!

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