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GODZILLA VS. KONG review with format comparison (3D, IMAX, and at home)

DirectorAdam Wingard
Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, Lance Reddick, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir
Movie length:
 1 hours 53 minutes

GODZILLA VS. KONG is the fourth film in Legendary‘s MonsterVerse series. From the very beginning it looked like KONG: SKULL ISLAND part 2 and as somebody that enjoyed that movie I had a great time with this movie.

The movie opens up with King Kong being on Skull Island but in a containment facility, because King Kong and Godzilla have been rivals for centuries and the United States thought if we keep them apart, there would be peace. But as Kong grew they discovered that they would need a larger facility to hold him, so he can run around more freely and didn’t feel like a prisoner. Which is strange because if Skull Island wasn’t his home how did he get there? I feel like this movie asks more questions than it answers. This is one of those movies where you’re supposed to not think about anything and just go along with everything, and have everybody in the movie spoon feed you information they have no way of knowing. 

It’s like if the bat signal went out the first time and the people said oh that’s the Batman symbol, Commissioner Gordon probably has something important to tell Batman and that’s his way of signaling him given to him by batman.

One of the benefits of watching this movie at home is that you are in control of the volume, because if you’re watching this movie at an actual theater especially in IMAX, it gets really loud. There is definitely nobody sleeping through this movie, and I know some of you are probably thinking so what? Movie theaters and especially IMAX are always loud, that is true, but it’s like if most movies are played at a 50% of the volume or 60% of the volume this definitely felt like 80 or 90% which definitely detracted from the experience because a little voice in the back of the head kept saying gee I really hope I don’t go deaf watching this movie. Of course it depends on the location, the company and the projectionists. Some like a quieter experience and some like as loud as possible and unless the movie studio provided specific instructions on which level they want their movie to be played at, the movie theater has carte blanche.

Disney is fairly notorious for this, They would include a “guide card” for things like bulb brightness and suggested volume level for many of their movies, especially animated features. They would even send in secret viewers to rate the presentation and provide feedback. How do I know? I was one of those secret viewers.

But anyways, back to my thoughts on the movie. If you are debating whether you should watch this movie at home, or at a theater, and then trying which format to watch it in (IMAX or even 3D)? The answer is simple, you have to watch this movie in 3D on the biggest screen possible. I saw it multiple times at home, at Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood in laser IMAX, and at the AMC Burbank 16 Auditorium 8 which has Dolby Atmos. Now if 3D is not your thing and you’re not a fan then I would highly recommend watching it in IMAX.

All right what did I think of the movie itself? It was a blast and I’m definitely going to pick it up in 3D Blu-ray when it’s released, I hope it is released like ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL was, with both 4K Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray in one box set.

This stand out in this movie was the Kaylee Hottle (Jia, the deaf girl), she did the best job of any actor in the movie, she deserves an Oscar that’s how good her performance was. But if you’re looking for continuity with the previous movies, don’t hold your breath, this movie does not take itself seriously and you shouldn’t either. It has by far the worst security and characters knowing information that they have no way of knowing. Oh no this thing is happening because that happened, this had to happen because otherwise this wouldn’t happen, it’s just characters giving you exposition, knowing way too much somehow and conveniently forgetting important details.

PHOTO CREDIT: Chuck Zlotnick

But let’s be honest all anybody wants from this movie is a giant ape fighting a giant lizard, and that is exactly what we get. This movie is like a FAST AND THE FURIOUS movie where you have to throw logic and everything that makes sense out the window and say “Look big ape punch big lizard”.

I give this movie an A- for Ape shit.

GODZILLA VS. KONG is now available on HBO Max as well as in theaters, although a movie of this magnitude should be seen in theaters.

Do you plan to see the movie? Have you already? Let me know in the comments!

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