The long delayed and highly anticipated trailer for the biggest Monster Mash since 1962, Godzilla vs. Kong. Check it out below:
Godzilla vs Kong is directed by Adam Wingard, written by Eric Pearson & Max Borenstein, and stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir.
I’m a fan of the recent Kong and Godzilla films. They’re big fun creature feature/disaster fusions that really understand the meaning of spectacle, but don’t dismiss the plot and characters in favour of it. They don’t change the game in any real meaningful way, but they exist in the realm of the pure fun and magic spectacle cinema.
That cast is on point, I can’t argue with it at all. I’m curious about Adam Wingard’s transition from small scale horror to epic franchise monster films. His You’re Next, the V/H/S films, and the belated sequel Blair Witch were all solid, and showcased an ability to set tone, mood and atmosphere. But can he translate that to this non-horror property? Even though there are elements of horror. Again, I’ve always enjoyed his work, so I can see where he’d be a good, if odd, fit for this franchise.
I’m going to miss seeing this in theatres, though my local theatre does reopen next week, and we’ve got 2 months until it’s released, so I could still see this, pending my area doesn’t take a turn for the worse in the next 60 days. If so, at least of got HBOMax and my own projector (because of course I do). But this just screams big screen popcorn fun, so I hope we’re back on the road to an adapted and upgraded normalcy by then. Especially if those fleeting images hinting at MechaGodzilla hold true.
I was talking to my wife about this new monster-verse run, and she asked if we’d have to watch anything to catch up on this. I told her that really we’d just have to watch the 2014 Godzilla, 2017’s Kong: Skull Island and 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters to get up-to-speed on this specific film. She’s on board with that. When I told if we really wanted to get crazy, there are over 30 Japanese Godzilla films, four Hollywood versions, and about eight King Kongs, so we could spend the next two months binging 45 films. She’s less enthused by that proposition.
I wouldn’t even know where to begin watching all of those. A significant amount of the Japanese Godzilla films, including the 1962 Kingu Kongu tai Gojira, have made it to the Criterion Collection, so I guess Criteron Channel would be a good place to start.
Godzilla vs. Kong opens in theatres and premieres on HBOMax on March 26th.