Monsters mashed today when Warner Bros. released the first Godzilla vs. Kong trailer. The latest in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, Godzilla vs. Kong sees the two iconic movie monsters battle for the first time since the last time, but with higher production values and, likely, an insufferable sense of self-importance. In the midst of Warner Bros.’ decision to release its 2021 films on HBO Max alongside whatever theaters are open, Godzilla vs. Kong will hit both the big and small screens on March 26, a couple of months ahead of its previously scheduled May premiere. Alexander Skarsgård, Rebecca Hall, Lance Reddick, and Jessica Henwick will join returning players Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler as the human characters who will likely have about 98% of the screentime devoted to them because that’s always been the appeal of these types of movies. Check out the Godzilla vs. Kong trailer below:
Taken on its own, the Godzilla vs. Kong trailer looks cool. I like the visuals a lot, like the image of King Kong chained up on the boat or Godzilla firing his nuclear breath up from underwater. The cast is appealing, and the promise of big monster fights is yet another reason to lament the never-ending lockdowns that prevent a lot of us from seeing this at the movies. The problem is, this franchise has suckered me too many times to get me excited for their boring films anymore. 2014’s Godzilla had some good stuff in it, but the focus on the humans became ridiculous, to the point where a fight between Godzilla and an evil monster literally cut to a toddler eating chicken nuggets. Even the climactic three-way battle kept jumping to Aaron Taylor-Johnson looking at cave walls when it should have been finally letting us have some fun after an hour and a half of family drama. (The internet has informed me that having this opinion means I hate Jaws, for some reason.) Godzilla: King of the Monsters promised more action and less human nonsense that nobody cares about and ended up being even worse; the cutaways still happened, only the visuals weren’t as interesting, and the fights were even more truncated – and this time he was fighting Ghidorah, for God’s sake! Kong: Skull Island was better; it was nothing special, and the humans, although played by mostly good actors, were either bland and forgettable or overly silly (except for Samuel L. Jackson, who brought some life and personality to his role while maintaining the film’s tone), but at least it had some fun on occasion. Godzilla vs. Kong is directed by Adam Wingard, who made the excellent You’re Next and The Guest; however, Michael Dougherty, the man behind Krampus, directed King of the Monsters, and the flair for monster fun and creepy atmosphere he displayed in that Christmas horror flick was almost entirely absent. I don’t think the directors are the problem here; I think the studio is forcing their hands, whether for budgetary reasons or to satiate some ego trip. So, while I hope I’m wrong, I’m all set to see Godzilla and King Kong charge each other only for the movie to cut to a family picnic or some such.
What did you think of the Godzilla vs. Kong trailer? Do you enjoy Legendary’s MonsterVerse? Will the monsters become best friends after discovering their mothers have the same name? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned to Geeks + Gamers for more movie news!