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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024, D: Wingard) -- The Reviews Thread

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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024, D: Wingard) -- The Reviews Thread




This latest entry in the Monsterverse franchise follows up the explosive showdown of Godzilla vs. Kong with an all-new cinematic adventure, pitting the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence -- and our own. The epic new film will delve further into the histories of these Titans, their origins, and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever.



Rated: PG-13

Running Time: 115 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62% as of 3/28/24

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/god...the_new_empire



Rebecca Hall, Kaylee Hottle and Brian Tyree Henry are returning from the last movie in 2021. And Wingard is returning from the last movie.

The last movie made $470M worldwide despite being day and date and also being a Covid year.

Going to see this at 4pm

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Re: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024, D: Wingard) -- The Reviews Thread

Going to see this on Saturday. Glad to see the runtime is lean, like GvK.
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Re: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024, D: Wingard) -- The Reviews Thread

I just got back from a pretty packed Dolby showing.

Anyway, I thought it was entertaining. I gave it 3 1/2 out of 5. It’s no Godzilla Minus One, but it has some pretty entertaining monster action. The final act is basically monster action galore. A lot of destruction. There are some dumb and contrived moments, but I was never bored. It’s lean and moves briskly. I know these blockbusters can sometimes be a slog with the bloated run times. But to me this was the right running time.

Definitely worth watching on a premium screen. The audio mix is pretty solid.
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Re: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024, D: Wingard) -- The Reviews Thread

Originally Posted by RocShemp
Going to see this on Saturday. Glad to see the runtime is lean, like GvK.
Originally Posted by DJariya
I just got back from a pretty packed Dolby showing.

Anyway, I thought it was entertaining. I gave it 3 1/2 out of 5. Itís no Godzilla Minus One, but it has some pretty entertaining monster action. The final act is basically monster action galore. A lot of destruction. There are some dumb and contrived moments, but I was never bored. Itís lean and moves briskly. I know these blockbusters can sometimes be a slog with the bloated run times. But to me this was the right running time.

Definitely worth watching on a premium screen. The audio mix is pretty solid.
Good to hear about the run time. I love a good mindless popcorn action flick that realizes it's a mindless popcorn action flick.

I think that was the number one downfall of the transformers movies. It would have been a lot easier to deal with all the ridiculous Michael Bay crap if it was just a tight 90 minutes of Transformer's action.
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Re: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024, D: Wingard) -- The Reviews Thread

Deadline is reporting that Thursday night numbers were a hair above the 2014 film, so the film is starting off on the right foot. Audience reaction seems to be in line with DJariya's, lots of sometimes goofy/contrived scenes, but action galore, a bit of heart to the film, but just plain fun to watch. With movie trailers in front of the film are we looking at a total run-time of 2 1/2 hours? Also, is there a mid-credit and/or after credit scene?

Glad I already have my Dolby theater ticket for this Saturday at 2 pm (as even that early day showtime was rapidly selling out of the good seats earlier this week), as there might actually be sellouts at certain theaters.

Happy Easter weekend everyone!
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Re: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024, D: Wingard) -- The Reviews Thread

Wow, an A- Cinema Score



The early projection for opening weekend is up to $75M

https://deadline.com/2024/03/box-off...re-1235871440/


This will annihilate Ghostbusters. That will probably take a 60 plus % drop week 2.

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My biggest takeaway from this is that I need to see Wingard and Stevens reunite again for The Guest 2. I imagine Stevens being air dropped and singing "I Got’cha" at the possibility. We even got part of the fictional The Guest 2 soundtrack in here.
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Re: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024, D: Wingard) -- The Reviews Thread

It was fine. Decent monster action (including some new kaiju) and the human story was kept to a minimum.

Bryan Tyree Henry is in this for no reason - his character literally contributes nothing. Heís not even a good audience surrogate as we already know about this world.

But overall it could have been worse. Much better than Frozen Empire as far as recent movie outings go. And I got to see the Bad Boys, Furiosa and Crow trailers on the big screen.
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Caught this yesterday. It was a nice throwback to both the Showa era as well as 80s action flicks complete with a synth soundtrack complimented with some good rock music. For that, I will give it 3/5 stars. While it was entertaining, and my showing was mostly full of young boys with their parents who seemed to love it, I feel it didn't really achieve its full potential. My reasoning behind this is because I thought the non-human sequences were done exceptionally well, so much so that I believe the movie could have lost about 20 minutes of human footage and been a pretty tight hour and a half monster flick . While I did find Stevens and Henry amusing together, the humans only served to give exposition on what anyone could comprehend by simply watching the onscreen monster action.
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Re: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024, D: Wingard) -- The Reviews Thread

Friend in charge of buying the tickets screwed up the date. So he got rainchecks, that we might try again next Saturday.
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Re: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024, D: Wingard) -- The Reviews Thread

I thought this was fun. Probably closer to a 4 than a 3 1/2 if you just count the fun factor. To me, this was a better movie than the last one.

Nowhere near as good as Godzilla Minus One, of course, but it's a totally different thing with a completely different goal. I loved seeing both in theaters. Good times!
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Very fucking stupid, but I had a... chemically enhanced theater experience and I had a lot of fun. I think the Kong vs Godzilla rematch was the best part and I'm anxious for them to stop with prophecy/lore stuff (if we never went back to hollow earth again, I'd be more than happy) and start moving the story forward, hopefully with some Japanese monsters, or at the very least some original ones that feel threatening.

I still think Godzilla '14 and Skull Island have been the best of these, but this one is a totally fine time-killer. I prefer a little more grounded universe and want to see more of "our" world instead of crystals and a bunch of random spawn video game enemies taking up screentime, but if you dig the Showa stuff, this is probably a higher rating than my 2.5/5
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I will agree this was better than the last one, but it still is not my preferred direction. I liked what they were going for with '14 and KotM. Kong: Skull Island was fun. I even enjoyed Monarch: Legacy of Monsters.

The "versus series" are just DUMB entertainment with no message or meaning. Knowing that allowed me to enjoy all the homages to old school Godzilla films for what they were. I won't pick apart all the contrivances and conveniences baked in to the script and I won't lament all the disaster porn. Godzilla taking out bridges was a bit awkward, though.

That said, it was worth the price of admission to see Kong

Spoiler:
using the baby as a weapon and then bitch-slamming him around.


Went to the 3D Imax showing . . . it did look spectacular. I almost threw up during the opening sequence though . . . it looked great, but the rotation in 3D tweaked a bit of motion sickness in me.
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My biggest takeaway from this is that I need to see Wingard and Stevens reunite again for The Guest 2. I imagine Stevens being air dropped and singing "I Gotícha" at the possibility. We even got part of the fictional The Guest 2 soundtrack in here.
Saw this earlier today and this was definitely my takeaway

Definitely made me long for the days when Adam Wingard was making smaller but more interesting films.
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I saw it on opening day and I loved it! Much more than I thought I would.
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Re: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024, D: Wingard) -- The Reviews Thread

Finally saw this on Saturday and had a great time. If they keep Rebecca Hall as the human lead from here on, I'd be A-OK with that. I'm glad the trailers didn't spoil
Spoiler:
Mothra,


going as far as altering certain shots used in the trailers. Kong's whole arc felt like a Planet of the Apes movie, and I expected him at some point to speak the line "apes together strong". May as well adapt this next:

Spoiler:









Speaking of Kong, when they gave him the Infinity Gauntlet (yes, I know that's not what it was), I found myself wishing for a live action Mazinger Z movie.

As for Godzilla, I was glad he got more screen time than early reports claimed, but his whole arc felt pointless.
Spoiler:
Although he's the one who imprisoned the Skar King, Big G fights Shimo instead. And for all his leveling up to Super Saiyan Rose, he didn't seem all that powerful. Given the beating he gave Kong back in GvK, Big G should have easily curb stomped Kong in this movie during their desert brawl.




But those nitpicks aside, I had a great time watching this flick.


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