Monster films have a history and craze of their own in Hollywood. By the way, many films have been made about an unknown animal, such as Jaws, Jurassic Park, The Host, or animation films such as Monster University or Monster Inc. Despite all this, there is a film franchise in which films were made about two types of monsters and then a time came that a series of war films were made between the two monsters. ‘Godzilla vs Kong’ is the fourth film of this episode, which was recently released on Amazon Prime Video. The film is amazing. If you are a fan of monster films, then definitely watch this.
Godzilla is a Japanese franchise in which 36 films have been made since 1954. Godzilla was first created by Toho, a well-known Japanese film and theater production and distribution company. The appearance of this monster living in land and water is like ‘Stegosaurus’, a type of dinosaur. In Japan, monsters are called kaijo, and most of Godzilla’s films refer to the social and political environment of Japan at that time, and sometimes mythology has been cited. Of the 36 Godzilla films, the first 32 were produced by Toho, 1 by Tri-Star Pictures and 3 by Legendary Pictures. At the same time, the King Kong franchise is American and has been running since 1933. So far it has been made by Toho, Paramount, Universal and Warner Bros. A total of 12 films have been made in this series and almost all of them have been successful at the box office. Inspired by the success of King Kong, Toho started the Godzilla series.
In the story of the film, a company named Apex Cybernetics creates a mechanical Godzilla that can be controlled with the mind but uses King Kong to get the energy it needs to run it in the core of the earth i.e. “Hallow Earth”. “I have to go. It is believed that all the monsters have originated from this “Hallow Earth” and that their energy comes from there. Due to mechanical Godzilla, the real Godzilla attacks and destroys Apex’s headquarters. Apex’s owner cleverly enlists expert scientist Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgard), Kong specialist Eileen Andrews, and her adopted daughter, Jia, to send “Hallow Earth” to King Kong. Jia is the last child of the Iwi clan of Maori, and being deaf and deaf, she talks to Kong in sign language and Kong also obeys her.
King Kong and Godzilla face off in the process of finding Hollow Earth and Godzilla washes Kong in battle. Then Mechanical Godzilla wants to come and destroy the real Godzilla. The injured Kong destroys the mechanical Godzilla with energy brought in from Hollow Earth. If the real Godzilla gets victory with the help of Kong, then he does not fight with Kong and leaves from there.
Ben Ceresin, who was the cinematographer of big budget films like Transformers, World War Zee, The Mummy, has shot this sci-fi film. Although this film is made to be seen on the big screen, but its scale can be estimated on OTT as well. Ben’s work is an important part of the film’s success. In this type of film, through editing, the length of the role is adjusted between the human characters and the monsters. It should not seem that this is a film made only on monsters, nor should it seem that the work of monsters is very less. Editor Josh Shaffer has kept the pace and balance of the story interesting with his editing skills in Pacific Rim and many other popular films, and the thrill remains throughout this film too. The background music of the film is given by Tom Tom Holkenberg aka Junkie Axel which is amazing. Its soundtrack is so good that it can be heard even outside the film.
The soul of sky-fi movies resides in its special visual effects and the visual effects supervisor of Godzilla vs Kong is John Desjardin, ie DG, who has been the visual effects supervisor for many big Hollywood movies such as Mission Impossible, The Matrix series, X-Men series . In this film, he has left behind the effects of all his films. Be it the expressions on Kong’s face or his battle with Godzilla, the scenes in both are so beautiful that you leave the destruction being wreaked by the monster and sympathize with him. DJ is currently going to convert the first film of the Star Wars series to 4D. This film is another milestone in his illustrious career.
Godzilla vs Kong is a very grand, very big and very well made film. Since such monster films are not made in India, then it can be learned by watching. But this film should not be watched just as a monster film and there is a lot in this film to learn the nuances of good script, good background music, great visual effects and amazing action. Must watch if you are a fan of watching monster movies.
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