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.
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Godzilla vs. Kong is a jaw-dropping spectacle about these two legendry monsters tossing each other through buildings and bonking each other with giant axes and atomic blasts. How can you not love that? It’s big, silly, and action-packed fun brought to life with some of the best CGI works in the business. Although the human aspects and set-up once again disappoint, it doesn’t affect the overall spectacle that this film is. If you were itching to head into the cinema for a blockbuster epic, then your search should be over now.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters follows through on the guarantee of taking the gloves off and not keeping down with regards to beast disorder. Yet its plot and characters stay as dreadful and paper-flimsy as in the past. While there is no rejecting that this film is bigger than Godzilla (2014), it unquestionably isn’t better.
Kong: Skull Island has its moments of fun and being epic, but can sometimes feel so small. Subsequent to bringing Godzilla back to life in 2014, Legendary Pictures directs its concentration towards another behemoth. This is to set its own shared universe of super-species. Skull Island offers the same old thing in its retelling of the legend of the goliath primate and offers some epic monstrosity at the cost of a great story.
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.