Godzilla and Kong: The New Empire, Movie Review


Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is yet another chapter in the saga known as MonsterVerse, the second directed by Adam Wingard. This is our review.

Following the previous battle experienced in Godzilla vs Kong, between the King of the Monsters and the most famous gorilla in the history of cinema, Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire offers a new look at the two enormous titans, but this time, just as anticipated by the title of the film, forced to team up to stop a threat capable of wiping out all of humanity on Earth.

In the cast directed by Adam Wingard, in addition to the already well-known faces of Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, and the very young Kaylee Hottle, the face of Dan Stevens stands out. The screenplay was, however, co-written by blockbuster specialists Terry Rossio and Jeremy Slater together with Simon Barrett.

Let's start with the assumption that a film like this can easily be considered exciting and entertaining even in the absence of a convincing plot. That said, if you were looking for something in Godzilla and Kong that didn't include fights between giant monsters (or Titans as they call them here), cities razed to the ground, and lizards sleeping in the Colosseum, then we say it to you with respect: You made the wrong movie!

Adam Wingard's second adventure within the saga known as MonsterVerse could only be a mere homage to cinema-spectacle, the one expressly created to spend the classic two hours in the theater forgetting rationality, without a plot as such, with " "human characters" that are stereotyped beyond belief and a loud ending that is reminiscent in every way of the "Michael Bay style" admired in the Transformers saga.

In Godzilla x Kong, in fact, the director reduces the "human presence" to the bare minimum and makes the Titans the absolute protagonists, directing the public's attention towards the personal stories of these friendly city destroyers, among "almost human" emotions, friendships of convenience and "clashes in the last building". 

What dominates, clearly, is the immoderate use of CG, in some cases exceedingly excessive, but also that desire not to want to take itself seriously, detaching itself once and for all from that progenitor of the MonsterVerse "Godzilla", whose critical success it was due to the excellent combination of entertainment and narration.

We will certainly not be the ones to break the so-called "eggs in the basket" at Warner Bros/Legendary, and it is precisely for this reason that in our review we have deliberately avoided talking about direction, screenplay, and acting, by the way, it is sad to see such a talented Rebecca Hall reduced to a mere one-dimensional blob on the screen. 

Ultimately Godzilla x Kong had only one objective, which is to entertain the public without major pretensions, an objective fully accomplished, and without major difficulties. From time to time we have films whose sole purpose is pure entertainment.

Curiosity: Does Godzilla x Kong have a post-credits scene? The simple answer is NO, and the more complex one is NI. Just look at the credits to understand what we're talking about.