Godzilla Vs Kong is gleefully OTT monster melée that really delivers
Godzilla Vs Kong
GIANT gorilla King Kong and lizard-on-steroids Godzilla are back for another epic amphibian versus primate bonanza.
But nearly 60 years on from when they squared up for their first B-movie fray (1962’s King Kong Vs Godzilla), our combatting creatures now have an A-list budget.
The result is a gleefully OTT monster melée that really delivers.
The fourth film in the MonsterVerse series (and a sequel to both 2017’s Kong: Skull Island and 2019’s Godzilla: King Of The Monsters), we meet Kong in downtime mode enjoying a relaxing waterfall shower.
JOYOUS CGI CARNAGE
Living in leisurely captivity on Skull Island, he is watched over by anthropologist Dr Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall) and her adopted, hearing-impaired daughter Jia, who has secretly taught the oversized ape to communicate via sign language — and with shades of E.T., he wants to go home.
Back in Florida, for reasons that remain hazy, rampaging reptile Godzilla has reappeared after a three-year hiatus to attack the headquarters of a shady conglomerate called Apex Industries.
Dr Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgard) is convinced the only way to stop him destroying the world is by utilising an energy source located in the earth’s core.
His team need to get there fast, and they need Kong to take them.
If all that sounds tenuous and daft, well of course it is. But how else do you set up two mythical monsters for the joyous CGI carnage we’re all waiting for?
Somehow we ultimately end up in Hong Kong, via an impressive sci-fi deep-dive, lots of fisticuffs and a sub-plot that sees Godzilla geek Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown) determined to reveal the truth about what evil Apex Industries is up to.
Director Adam Wingard keeps all this confusing human silliness just plausible enough to facilitate the all-important big-beast duels. And he also pulls off the tricky feat of exercising enough restraint to not overindulge the action, judging the perfect length for an adventure feature.
The raging finale, with sky-scrapers tumbling, spectacular beasts brawling and baddies succumbing, is a blockbuster climax to celebrate.
Proper entertainment and a monster munch treat to feast on.
- Streaming on digital platforms
CHRIS Rock and Samuel L Jackson will star in a reboot of the Saw franchise called Spiral: From The Book Of Saw.
- Director Adam Wingard has signed to make an animated film version of 1980s cartoon ThunderCats.
- Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham have joined forces again in Wrath Of Man, which is also written by Ritchie.
TRUTH is stranger than fiction, and as Antebellum shows, it is more terrifying as well.
This horror film makes slavery its scary monster, which is far more violent and chilling than any individual serial killer.
It opens in a spectacular one-take scene, sweeping though the march of Confederate soldiers into a Southern cotton field plantation where a horrifying murder of a black worker takes place, with cameras capturing it in slow motion.
As a viewer, you think you know where you are with this film – a horror set in Colonial times. But then you’re soon pulled into another story of sassy author Veronica Henley.
She is on a book tour of America and, because of her powerful position as a black woman, becomes the victim of a despicable plan.
To say more of the plot would give away this film’s twist that will have you murmuring: “Oh, I see now…”
While the idea is clever enough, it is often handled clumsily.
There’s so much information to pack into conversations that dialogue becomes clunky and the character of Veronica is not explored deeply enough.
While not full of jumps, Antebellum shines the light on a true horror that is still all too real.
- On Sky Cinema
IT’S easy to feel empathy for innocent people who are wrongly jailed. The injustice of it resonates with most of us as the feeling is: “It could have been me.”
With this on the film’s side, I was expecting to feel more emotion during the dramatised true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim), who was detained at Guantanamo Bay for being an Al Qaeda recruiter, without a shred of evidence.
Lawyer Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster), flies to the Cuba jail camp in a bid to fight for Slahi’s release and finds a cover-up in place to secure his incarceration.
Meanwhile, Lt Col Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch) is in charge of the government’s case against Slahi.
With a deep Southern accent like that of Buffalo Bill in Silence Of The Lambs, he soon becomes a good guy and sees the huge problems with Slahi’s case.
Slahi, who wrote an international bestseller about his 14 years in the detention camp, was tortured for 70 days straight. But these scenes of waterboarding and sexual humiliations are presented in a bizarre, hallucinogenic way, making them far less impactful. While the true story is both shocking and touching, this instantly forgettable film wastes its top cast and dodges the true hell Slahi had to endure.
- On Amazon Prime
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