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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 6, 2021




YOU DON’T GO WATCH a monster movie expecting it is of the pang-award variety. 

You know it’s pure popcorn and no one in his right mind will really take it seriously, except for the producers since they’re gold mine at the box office. 

“Godzilla vs. Kong” is from Legendary Pictures’ Monster Universe. 

Godzilla is a Japanese creation that first appeared in 1954. A total of 36 Godzilla movies have been made since then, 32 from Japan and four from Hollywood. 

Kingkong, in turn, first appeared in 1933 and 12 Kingkong films have been made since then. “Godzilla vs. Kong” is actually a sequel to “Kong: Skull Island” (2017) and “Godzilla: King of Monsters” (2019.) 

Honestly, we think it’s nonsense but it makes money so'it no surprise that they keep on coming up with new versions.

The new movie starts with Kong in Skull Island where he lives within a giant dome supervised by the company known as Monarch. 

He has a close friend in the deaf-mute native child, Jia (Kayle Hottle), and they can communicate through sign language. Jia is an orphan adopted daughter by a scientist, Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall.)

At the Apex Cybernetics lab in Florida, a former technician, Bernie Hayes (Brian Tyree Henry), suspects that the company’s executives are up to some secret mischief. 

When a rampaging Godzilla attacks the lab, Bernie discovers a gadget that can control the Titans or monsters.

Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown) is puzzled why Godzilla, the giant lizard who destroyed Ghidorah in his last movie, suddenly became hostile.

She and her friend Josh (Julian Dennison) team up with Bernie in going inside the Apex lab. 

They find out that there is a secret underground facility where Apex has clandistinely created a robot monster, the Mechagodzilla.

Apex boss Walter Simmons (Demian Bichir) aims to tap into the power of a supreme energy source in the Hollow Earth. 

This is another world buried deep underground that is a home to the Titans and it will provide Mechagodzilla more unlimited power. 

Assigned to search for the power source in Hollow Earth is Nathan Lind (Alexander Skaarsgard), a scientist who’s reluctant since his brother once tried to explore Hollow Earth and died in doing so. 

But he eventually agrees to do the mission when told that Apex has built specialized vehicles that can go inside Hollow Earth more safely than the aircraft his brother used before.

They get the help of Kong to guide them inside Hollow Earth but on their way there, Godzilla attacks Kong, who is then airlifted by several helicopters to go to Hollow Earth via a tunnel opening in Antartica. 

They all go inside in a dizzying sequence and we won’t be surprised if this would later become a heart-stopping theme park ride. 

Kong finds a special axe (reminiscent of Excalibur and Thor’s hammer) that can be very powerful in fighting his opponents. 

The team finds the power source and channels its energy to their base in Hongkong, but Godzilla has started attacking it. Kong comes to the rescue and fights with Godzilla. 

But then, the Mechagodzilla is also activated and Kong and Godzilla then team up to fight the robot monster in the movie’s main event. So now, the former enemies have become good friends with a common enemy. 

Of course, at the start, Mechagodzilla initially triumphs in trouncing both monsters, but we all very well know who play the title roles in this movie, so we’re all certain who will finally emerge victorious in the end. Ho-hum….

In all fairness, the fight scenes between the three monsters are truly spectacularly staged and we keep on thinking it would have been more visually exciting if we were watching it on a theater’s giant screen. 

But what  broke our heart is seeing Hongkong being decimated and pulverized once again just like they did in “Transformers” and “Pacific Rim”. It's total disaster. We all know it’s all CGI, but still….

All the human bad guys that help cause so much mayhem all justifiable get the punishment they deserve, along with the robot monster. But Kong and Godzilla survive and remain safe and sound. 

Of course, they have to be around for yet another sequel of a kaiju movie a couple of years from now, right? 

And doesn’t this just demonstrate that we viewers are really getting dumb and dumber, correct? Are you in or are you out for the next inevitable sequel?