Thursday , 16 September 2021

Godzilla finally battles Kong in 1st trailer!

The wait is finally over!

A mere two months before its release date, unheard of in cinematic circles for a blockbuster of this size, the anxiously awaited first full-length trailer for the mega-mash-up, Godzilla vs. Kong, has finally staked its claim on the earth! It would be an understatement to say the wait was well worth it, as this promises to be the biggest battle to ever hit the big screen. Or little screen, if you choose to go that route. More on that later. Whatever reason Warner Brothers has had for holding off a trailer for the film, especially considering they announced barely a week ago that they were moving up its release date two months to March 26, the strategy seems to have worked for now. It’s difficult to remember a movie trailer that has been so eagerly anticipated, building to a fever pitch the past week. Time will tell, and that’s only two months time now, whether this will leave enough time for word of this monster of a movie to reach the masses.

Before we go any further, here’s what everyone has been dying to see:

Pretty effin’ epic, right? Godzilla vs. Kong was originally set to be released in May, then March of 2020. However, perhaps due to the less than expected overwhelming response to 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters, where Godzilla joined and/or battled the likes of Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah, GvK was pushed back to November of 2020. Then a pesky little thing named Covid-19 hit the planet and changed everything, including the state of the motion picture industry. With many theaters closed to help prevent further spreading of the virus, and as the world waited on a vaccine, Warner Brothers again pushed back its release date for Godzilla vs. Kong to May 21, 2021, which would have given it a full week in theaters before the lucrative Memorial Day Weekend. Yes, a microscopic virus was able to take down two of the biggest behemoths in film history. Then, in December, Warner Bros. made the stunning announcement which shook the industry that the film, along with their other tentpoles scheduled for 2021, from The Matrix 4 to Dune, would be simultaneously released in theaters and their new streaming service, HBO Max. Not only did this not sit well with struggling theaters, who have been in desperate need of blockbuster films to draw in crowds, socially distanced still, of course, but also the film’s production company, Legendary Pictures, which feared a reduced loss of revenue. With an apparent deal between the two giants ultimately settled upon, Warner Bros. surprised fans once again on January 16 with the announcement that the film would be pushed up two months to March 26, 2021, which gets us caught up to now.

The world first laid eyes upon this incarnation of Godzilla in 2014 with the aptly titled, Godzilla, where he faced off against a pair of Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms, or MUTOs. The film was a colossal-sized smash, and served as the springboard for Legendary’s new MonsterVerse. Next up was 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, which was set in the 70’s. The film was a critical and commercial success as well. 2019 saw the aforementioned Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which basically established what is said in the title. The film didn’t fare as well as its predecessors, and was unfairly maligned for its lack of memorable human characters. However, when you look back at any of the Toho monster films, who remembers any of the people populating those pictures, other than perhaps Mothra’s diminutive singing fairy twins?

So what can we expect from this battle for the ages? Here’s the official synopsis:

In a time when monsters walk the Earth, humanity’s fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in a spectacular battle for the ages. As Monarch embarks on a perilous mission into uncharted terrain and unearths clues to the Titans’ origins, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, both good and bad, from the face of the earth forever.

Wherein the previous films, Godzilla was looked upon as the ‘good guy’ who saved humanity from other destructive creatures, based on the Godzilla vs. Kong trailer, it would appear that the big ape is the hoped for hero and the only one who can stop the atomic-powered lizard and the bevy of beasts Godzilla now rules over, who seem to be on a devastating rampage that threatens all of mankind. The definitive “one will fall” certainly does not bode well for one of the two giants. No matter who lands on top, the future of this MonsterVerse will likely depend on how the film fares worldwide. And with the world still in the midst of the pandemic waging its own war on humanity, the numbers will have to be looked at differently than they normally would be. If any movie demands to be seen on the biggest of screens, it would be Godzilla vs. Kong. How safe audiences will feel going to theaters again remains to be seen. No doubt many will opt for watching the movie at home on HBO Max, though they will be doing the film and themselves a disservice. While no one should malign anyone for wanting to be cautious during these times, theaters are taking plenty of precautions, from spacing seating apart to vigorous cleanings to individual butter for your popcorn. This Gore4er has been to the theater several times since September and felt much safer than being amongst many people in a grocery or other store.

Godzilla vs. Kong sees stars, Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler return to reprise their King of the Monster roles. New players include Alexander Skasgard, Rebecca Hall, Get Out‘s Bryan Tyree Henry, Eiza Gonzalez and Demian Bichir, making for a stellar cast, who hopefully won’t get lost in the midst of all the monstrous action. The film is written by Max Borenstein, who wrote the previous Godzilla and co-wrote Skull Island, and Eric Pearson, who has contributed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directing the film is Adam Wingard, most notable for directing horror films, You’re Next and The Guest, and Netflix’ Death Note. Having a horror director at the helm is a good sign for the Gore 4’s bloody eye. Check out the official Godzilla vs. Kong website and follow the movie on Instagram. Godzilla vs. Kong opens worldwide and on HBO Max on March 26th.

6 comments

  1. Just two days after unleashing the Godzilla vs. Kong trailer upon the denizens of Earth, Warner Brothers announced that the film was being pushed back five days to Mar. 31, a Wednesday, in North America. This is due to MGM moving its Bond film from Apr. 2 to Oct. 8, and Sony its Peter Rabbit sequel from that same April date to June. Now, Godzilla and Kong have the lucrative 5-day Easter holiday weekend to conquer, with only Universal’s Bob Odenkirk actioner, Nobody (which looks awesome, just not Godzilla vs. Kong awesome) opening that weekend. The rest of the world will still see GvK on Mar. 26. So, get ready to, are we allowed to say rumble, or is that still copyrighted outside the ring too? To be safe, then let’s go with, let’s get ready to rock!

  2. Komrad Venessa Wicked

    Great Review Sweetheart! I look Forward to seeing this Gem Love!… Xoxo❤🌹❤🌹❤

    • The actual review of the movie will come soon after its release. Thanks for the comment. You’re a true Gore4-er. Will have to get you a new Gore 4 It Girl shirt!

  3. Dave "The Rave" Mele

    If the trailer is any indication, the latest installment in Legendary’s Titan franchise, Godzilla vs. Kong, appears epic. It’s nice to see that a certain degree of continuity has been maintained with the inclusion of cast members from Godzilla: King of Monsters (Kyle Chandler and Millie Bobby Brown — although tragically it appears if Charles Dance will not be in it). One of the greatest pop culture conflicts for those of a particular age demographic, 1962’s King Kong vs. Godizilla was a hip blending of two disparate universes, the realm of Gordon Willis’ sympathetic stop-motion ape and Toho’s angry man-in-a-suit atomic lizard. To American audiences it appeared that Kong won, swimming away at the film’s conclusion. Will the outcome be the same? We shall see. Hopefully we’ll get cameos from UN reporter Eric Carter and if we’re really lucky we may see Kong get drunk on red soma berry juice. The music of Akira Ifukube (R.I.P.) — Japan’s John Williams — left indelible impressions in Toho’s films. It would be nice to hear Junkie XL (who did a fantastic job on the Mad Max Fury Road score) quote a theme or two. Highly anticipated.

    • While the human characters certainly play second fiddle to the monstrous ones (though, who really are the monsters?), yes, it is good to see some of them continue onto this film from the last one. Wonder if a survivor from Kong: Skull Island might make a surprise appearance, as someone in their 70s or 80s? As for the music, it’s interesting to note that the franchise has used a different composer for each installment. Alexander Desplat, who scored 2014’s Godzilla, has since won 2 Oscars. Bear McCreary, best known for his work on The Walking Dead, did the music for King of the Monsters, and finally gave fans Blue Oyster Cult’s classic tune, “Godzilla”, as covered by System of a Down’s Serj Tankian. We’ll see if Junkie XL will show a similar reverence for the past and pay homage in some way to previous composers

  4. For some added viewing pleasure, here’s the Godzilla vs. Kong trailer…..in Legos:

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