You guys just want to see Godzilla and King Kong fight, don’t you…
First of all, the trailer.
San Diego Comic Con this year didn’t feature a lot of big hitters as we have seen in previous iterations, but there were a few gems here and there. I am especially interested in seeing if Aquaman would redeem the DC universe, and I am particularly keen on Glass. It looks like the most interesting of the bunch, but none of them made me as happy and excited as seeing this trailer. It was epic, it was huge, and it was so… Beautiful.
I am a huge fan of big, loud and noisy characters on screen, so seeing this latest installment in the Monster-Verse franchise, which includes titles as Godzilla (2014) and Kong: Skull Island, gives me a serious movie to look forward to. A lot of people didn’t enjoy the 2014 prequel to this movie, stating minimal screen time for the main protagonist as well as flat performances to characters who weren’t given a lot of depth to them, but I enjoyed that movie. it adequately teased the ability of our resident head-monster-in-charge while giving us a lot more to look forward to. And yes, the human characters did feel flat.
Let’s talk villains. The prequel had the MUTOs, who, while immense in their own right did feel a bit one-toned, seeing as they were essentially the same with size discrepancies. However, in this installment, we have Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah, who are going to go head-to-head with Godzilla at some point, probably in a gauntlet-kind of setting, with Ghidorah posing the biggest threat, while the humans watch from the ground, rooting for Godzilla to not just win, but to look awesome doing it. These characters were teased briefly at the end of Kong: Skull Island, and now, this is their time to shine, giving Godzilla a run for his money, leaving him scarred, injured, and momentarily unconscious, but ultimately victorious. Some might consider it a lot of monsters for one movie, but I say, let them fight!
Also back in this would be Ken Watanabe, the Stan Lee of the Monster-Verse, but with more relevance. I love the continued inclusion of his character, because it gives continuity to the franchise. Most of the rest of the cast has been changed, which I believe is a good thing.
All of this sets up Kong vs Godzilla, an Earth-shattering clash between two monsters who would rather be left alone, which will leave carnage and ruin in their wake, but ultimately will end in mutual respect for each other, and possibly uniting to fight an even more dangerous foe, after which they would retreat to their respective exotic locations. But before that, I can predict with all certainty that this movie, which would be released in March 2019 would be EPIC, and totally worth the price of a cinema admission.
Here’s to my favorite big-screen monster: Long Live The King!