Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Movie Review

The film’s first scene shows us an older Kong running through the lands he now occupies. This is to the song “Welcome to My World” by Elvis. It’s quite the opening scene.

Luckily, he is now without people bothering him. There are other animals that attack, but he usually just ends up making a meal out of them, so he’s hap—no… he isn’t happy. He’s lonely, and the filmmakers show that well. He has aged, his body shows the wear and tear of what people and other beasts, especially Godzilla, has done to it, but it’s only a toothache that’s bringing him pain. 


Ilene Andrews (Hall) says it isn’t natural for Kong to be alone. It breaks her and Jia’s (Hottle) hearts because the ape Jia has a connection with seems to constantly search for a family that he’s never going to find. This is the biggest part of the film. Does he have family out there? Where did he come from, and can he get back there?


Scientists discover that something is stirring in Godzilla. He finds a nuclear plant and sucks all of the radiation out of the facility that he can. He’s now supercharged. Ilene knows that if he’s consuming a lot of radiation, he’s preparing for something. They don’t like that he seems to be getting a psychic energy distress call that has him on the move.


At the same time, the group realizes they may need Kong to help them. So they sedate him, and Trapper (Stevens), a vet, replaces his rotted tooth with an implant. Kong without this pain is a better-thinking Kong. Kong has found an area where there are other apes, even a mini-Kong, in an uncharted area.


When they see this enormous beast, they distrust him. They’re also not as intelligent or caring as Kong and begin fighting. Even the little guy jumps in, getting quite the beating. It’s not that Kong wants to hurt him; he wants to teach him.


Reading hieroglyphs, Ilene tells us about “Skar King.” He’s a hyper orangutan who enslaves the others to work for him. He’s wicked, and watching over them is his daily enjoyment. He also keeps a Titan named Shimo bound in chains, holding her through and giving her pain to help him whenever he needs help. Lucky for him he has her because he and Kong soon face off, as you’d expect. Every scene of them fighting in the film is exciting and intense.


We also see that there are people in Hollow Earth. They are the Iwi people. Everyone is shocked they find these people in this world, but the queen (Chen) spots Jia, who was thought to be the last Iwi alive. The queen realizes from older text that she’s the girl who is there to be their savior. She’s the only person who can awaken Mothra, giving them the chance they need to live. Titans protect nature and apes safeguard humanity. Now, they’re at war with one another. With Skar King, the ape’s society has become somewhat unhinged and demented. They’re furious. 


This is where “Project Powerhouse” comes in. You’ll witness and have a great time when more incredible fighting ensues. The fights are visually stunning, and the new Titan Shimo gets involved when she breaks away. But how much more can humans take of tails and enormous feet smushing them and everything they love.


I have to mention that you’ll love a tooth call-back. I want to tell you about the ending, but I won’t, and I hope you don’t find out anything about it before watching this film. However, this storyline seems to have reached the summit and could be an excellent ending for the entire series. There are moments when you’ll get a little bored. It’s not as if you don’t know what’s coming. Leave this be. Hollywood! Walk away with this win. It’s a thrilling ending to so many exciting stories. With its final scene, this film should make it easy to abandon the thought of creating more for these creatures to do.

It also has a great soundtrack.

Additionally, don’t look for any extra scenes after the film. You can leave when the credits begin to roll if you’d like, as there are no middle or end credits to come.

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Director: Adam Wingard
Writers: Terry Rossio, Simon Barrett, Jeremy Slater
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens, Brian Tyree Henry, Kaylee Hottle, Fala Chen

Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 1h 55m
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Release Date (Theaters): Mar 29, 2024 – Wide

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Co: Warner Bros., Legendary Entertainment
Producers: Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod, Thomas Tull, Brian Rogers



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