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Don Reviews "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire"


Conflict has been a part of our nature for as long as there has been history itself.  There has been reasoning for this in every possible situation, but I sometimes wonder if that conflict would lead to an agreement to become allies for an even larger good.  Make those two parties monsters, and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire has that answer.

 

Directed by Adam Wingard, who did the film leading up to this on in Godzilla Vs. Kong, the cast includes Rebecca Hall, Rachel House, Brian Tyree Henry, Dan Stevens, Kaylee Hottle, and Fala Chen.  After the last film, the two titans are separated with Godzilla living on Earth’s surface and the Kong in Hollow Earth below.  After some unknown disturbances make their way up, Kong explores his realm more and finds that there is more than even he knew there was, including an evil that has been in hiding for centuries.  It’s going to take all he has (and maybe even a new ally) to take it down and save the world yet again.

 

There are a few supporting roles here, but the main cast consists of Hall, Stevens, Henry, and Hottle.  They do well with Hottle still being the standout with another performance that adds to the emotion of the film itself.  This time around, my favorite performance is Henry, adding that small level of comedic relief to my enjoyment.  The big thing I have to bring up is visuals, and even though I could tell there was a lot spent on CGI it paid off.  It is so good that there were many times when it seemed like live-action even though I knew it wasn’t, and the IMAX presentation we saw this in made it that much more incredible.

 

The soundtrack is also fun here with a solid score and some great classic rock that is dropped in at the perfect moment.  If I have one issue it is in the script itself.  I was able to follow the story, but there are so many times where it seemed to get a bit more unnecessarily complicated.  Most children who watch this film may struggle to follow everything going on, especially for a PG-13 rating, so be aware of that going in.  I will recommend Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, but only in an enhanced version like IMAX in the cheapest way possible.

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