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“‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is a worthy battle filled with suspense and action yet lacks in further creativity.”

Hello fellow movie-goers to another film review on Cinema Perception. In this review, I will be discussing the latest film in 2021 by Warner Bros, “Godzilla vs. Kong.” For those wanting to know how I saw this film, I did not go out to the movie theaters. Rather, I watched this film on HBO Max with my dad at home. 

Anyway, the film takes place after the events of the last three monster films, in which these two behemoths will battle out to see which monster is the greatest. Prior to seeing “Godzilla vs. Kong,” I personally had not seen “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” Though I had not seen the film, I had no trouble understanding the lore of Godzilla, despite not watching the previous film.

Regarding the film’s positives, “Godzilla vs. Kong” was successful in grabbing the audience’s attention as it comes to several action scenes. In one scene, I was blown away at Kong’s ability to go toe-to-toe with Godzilla at the sea. In addition to its action, the special effects that I noticed throughout the film were another positive. The visualizations of explosions and the actual monsters battling one another almost made me believe that these characters are real. The third positive that I saw in the film was the actual sound effects. Filmgoers that want an immersive and memorable film to watch, this would be the right film to watch. The last positive that the film had was the actual genre blend of action and science fiction. 

Other than the positives, there were some negatives that I noticed throughout the film. The first issue that I had was the film had creativity issues. Personally, I found it hilarious about Kong having a weapon, but on the other hand, I did not know why the film included a weapon for Kong to wield. The other issue I had with the film was the actual characters. As someone who has not seen “Kong: Skull Island” in a long while, I could not wrap my head around the idea behind why Jia, the young heroine in the film, did not speak throughout the film. Though this was no problem, I was a little confused about the lack of Jia’s background story. The last issue I had with the film was the pacing. Like many Hollywood films, “Godzilla vs. Kong” could not escape the wrath of dialogue. In effect, the film did not have a continuous action sequence with Kong and Godzilla and the runtime almost went over two hours. 

Despite the issues with creativity on the plot, characters and pacing, “Godzilla vs. Kong” was a good action-film to watch. For that, I rate this film a three out of five stars. ‘Till next issue, this is Nicholas Bartelmo signing off on Cinema Perception.


Nicholas Bartelmo is a fourth-year History major. NB790429@wcupa.edu

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