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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024) - Monstrous Mix-Up: Deja Vu or New Brew

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5 Stars)

Released 03-29-2024

Watched 03-30-2024

Reviewed 04-01-2024

Watched in the theater Using Cinemark Movie Club

"Wherever we go, whatever we do, we do it together. You are my home."

"Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" treads familiar territory in the MonsterVerse, offering another clash of titans without bringing anything groundbreaking to the table. Directed by Adam Wingard, this sequel to "Godzilla vs. Kong" maintains the franchise's formula of epic battles and stunning visual effects but fails to inject much innovation into the mix.

Set three years after the defeat of Mechagodzilla, and the film follows Kong as he discovers more of his kind in the Hollow Earth. Meanwhile, Godzilla roams the surface world, maintaining order among the Titans. When a mysterious signal prompts Godzilla to absorb radiation and prepares for an impending threat, Kong's journey leads him to face off against the tyrannical Skar King and an ice-breathing Titan named Shimo.

While the plot provides a solid foundation for epic monster showdowns, it lacks the depth or originality to truly captivate audiences. The narrative unfolds predictably, with few surprises or twists to keep viewers engaged. However, the film's saving grace lies in its impressive visuals and action sequences. The battles between Godzilla, Kong, and other Titans are visually stunning, delivering the spectacle that fans of the franchise have come to expect.

The cast, including Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, and Dan Stevens, delivers competent performances, but the characters they portray feel underdeveloped. Most exist simply to drive the plot forward or provide exposition, lacking the depth or complexity to truly resonate with audiences. Even Kong and Godzilla, the titular stars of the film, feel more like forces of nature than fully realized characters.

Despite its shortcomings, "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" manages to entertain on a surface level. The sheer spectacle of seeing giant monsters duke it out on screen is enough to satisfy fans of the genre. However, for those seeking a more substantial cinematic experience, the film may leave them wanting.

Ultimately, "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire" earns a middling three-star rating. While it delivers on the expected action and visual effects, it falls short in terms of originality and depth. For fans of the MonsterVerse franchise, it's worth a watch, but don't expect to be blown away.


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