While currently only four films in length, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Monster Verse has produced four remarkably different visions of giant monsters (or “Titans”) doing battle in the ruins of our major cities. Starting so well with Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla (2014), this shared universe deteriorated with the failure of King of the Monsters. That was not going to stop it though as it reached a whole new level with Godzilla vs Kong. Each film between them has had a different director and a sharply unique aesthetic. So here is my personal subjective and fairly definitive list.
1. GODZILLA (2014)
Hollywood gets it right this time! After the negative reception of Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla, Gareth Edwards directs the American reboot of the Japanese monster. This reboot certainly makes up for the overwhelming follow-ups to the original film that came before it and is arguably, one of the best monster films of all time.
The film does a great job in introducing Godzilla as an unstoppable force of nature that is responsible for restoring balance to the world. The dark and apocalyptic feel of this movie is top-notch, and this Godzilla looks and feels more realistic than the 1998 rendition. The monsters have a limited screen time but that’s actually normal for most Godzilla movies as the mysterious feel helps build up hype for the final battle. The characters are decent enough. As for the CGI, then they are really good and well done. The score is another major asset of the film. It’s amazing and well blended with each scene.
2. GODZILLA vs KONG (2021)
3. KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017)
Kong: Skull Island is a decent entry in the monster verse. Apart from having a sloppy script that never discovers its true tone, this movie is cool, fun, entertaining, and action-packed. Infinitely better than Peter Jackson’s overrated 2005 King Kong remake. The cast is decent. The action scenes are cool, fun, entertaining, and amazing. King Kong is a total badass monster and he kicks a ton of ass in this film. Highly recommended.