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Kong: Skull Island

I want to preface this Spoiler Free review by stating I’m a huge Godzilla fan, own all the movies, and I love them. As super fan of giant monsters, Kaiju and other films that feature strange beasts, this movie has everything a Kaiju fan could ask for. Great special effects, superb actors, giant monster battles, human drama, some comic relief all woven into a captivating and engaging story.

This Kong is not the same as the one depicted in the 1933, 1976 & 2005 movies. No this Kong is molded after the 1962 Kong featured in Toho Studios film “King Kong vs. Godzilla. In fact the Kong depicted in “Kong: Skull Island” will grow up to fight the Godzilla from the 2014 Legendary Studios film “Godzilla.” I look forward to when hese two juggernauts will battle toe-to-toe in their own feature film “Godzilla vs. King Kong” in 2020. This time out Godzilla will get top billing.

But in this movie Kong is King and the star of the show. Rendered wonderfully in detailed CGI Kong is brought to life and is the focal point. He isn’t the only star shinning in this extravaganza though. Delivering stellar performances are John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson (any movie he is in is made even more enjoyable), Tom Hiddleston, the lovely Brie Larson and John C. Rilley. I do want to say a little more about John C. Rilley. From the trailers I knew going in he would provided some comic relief. I was fine with that because I do not always care for dark and gritty films and like a balance of emotions in movies. I feared that his comic relief may render the movie too comical and that it wouldn’t be taken seriously. Yes, John C. Rilley does provide comic relief but that isn’t all. He is not only central to the plot he has some very serious and dramatic moments and I am safe to report his excellent performance really steals the show.

All in all this is a very satisfying entry into Legendary’s Monsterverse and it sets up more films in the franchise that I eagerly await.


Godzilla’s Enemies: Part III

10. Kamacuras: Kamacuras is a giant praying mantis. First seen in Son of Godzilla. In the movie there are many giant praying mantis that grow to an even larger size during a weather experiment. Honestly, I am ambivalent about this monster. Giant bug monsters are a staple of science fiction movies. I think they server there purpose but I don’t really get attached to them in any significant way.
11. King Caesar: King Caesar is a mystical monster. He is actually a statue that is magically brought to life to fight Godzilla in the movie Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla. Standing 50 meters tall he has a leonine head, floppy ears and a lower half of the body that is all made up of scales. Oh, and it has a lion like tail with a fluffy poof-ball at the end of it. In my opinion this is one of the silliest monsters Toho ever sent down the pike. He was again seen in Godzilla Final Wars. This suit looked a little better but I must say it is my least favorite monster.
12. King Ghidorah: King  Kin Ghidorah is considered Godzilla’s number one enemy. His origins are said to be from outer space. He is a giant three headed golden dragon with giant wings. I do like this monster although he has a design flaw that bothers me. The monster has no arms! Many dragon like creatures have a wing/arm combination. In other words the arms are incorporated within the wings. On Ghidorah they are just wings and no arms making him look like he is missing something. Often Ghidorah towers over Godzilla and with him being depicted as pure evil it allowed Godzilla to transform from the villain into the anti-hero and then hero that defends the earth. On one occasion Ghidorah is smaller and and portrayed as the good guy against a very evil and malevolent Godzilla. Some fans did not like seeing Ghidorah used as a good guy but to me it made sense. With Godzilla being particularly evil who but Ghidorah has the history with Godzilla and could be depicted strong enough to stand up to him? Ghidorah was the obvious choice.
13. King Kong: This Kong is different than the one used in the Universal Studios movies. This one is 148 feet tall compared to the one that is either 25/50 in the other movies…depending on your source. So far these two famous behemoths had only one match that came to a draw. Seeing how well Pete Jackson brought a CGI Kong to life I would love to see a remake of this movie!

Comic-Con 2014: Review.

Ah, Comic-Con, that one time of year when nerdlings such as my self, climb wearily out of our Mom’s basement, adjust our eyes to natural light and actually attempt to engage fellow human beings in social contact.* I was not there in Sand Diego, but I do want to post on some of the news that came out from this past weekend’s convention. I certainly will not be able to cover everything that went on, I will focus on those things that interest me and hopefully they will interest you.

Godzilla News:

Prior to the convention Legendary Pictures already green lit two sequels to this summers big hit. What was announced this weekend was that director Gareth Edwards will be back to helm Godzilla II. Currently Edwards is working on one of the stand-alone Star Wars movies that will be out 2016.

The big news that has my fellow Kaiju fans jumping up and down for joy is that classic Toho monsters, Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah will be in the sequels!!!! What is not known is whether or not all three of these monsters will be in Godzilla II or if they will be spread about over other sequels?

My Thoughts: As a Godzilla fan I am very happy with this news. I truly hope they redesign King Ghidorah with arms attached to his wings. Rodan is a favorite Kaiju and I am very happy to see him back. I am very curious to see how these monsters will be designed in CGI. What is unkown is when Godzilla II will hit the theaters. With Edwards busy with Star Wars we may have to wait until 2018 or 2019 to see the next installment.

King Kong news! Legendary pictures is in union with Universal Studios who owns the rights to King Kong. A teaser was shown this weekend of an up coming King Kong prequel titled Skull Island. The release date is November 4, 2016 and it is It is unknown at this time if it will be a prequel to the 1933 film, or the 2005 film.

My thoughts? I love King Kong and I am super excited to see this movie. I just hope the teaser trailer shown at the convention will be shown soon.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. A teaser trailer was revealed at Comic-Con to the delight of many. Here is a description:

The trailer opens with Batman standing on a rooftop in the pouring rain. He’s dressed in an armor-type costume (different from the Zack Snyder released photo). The costume is very reminiscent of the armor costume that Batman wears in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Batman’s eyes are glowing bright whitish-blue (different from how his eyes looked in the Batman cowl photo).

There is something else on the roof. It’s revealed to be the Bat Signal. Batman pulls down a lever to light the Bat Signal, and its bright, shining beacon reveals Superman, hovering in the air. Superman is also in the middle of the pouring rain, and his eyes are glowing red.

The footage cuts back to Batman on the rooftop, staring intently at Superman. Batman’s eyes are still glowing a whitish-blue. The trailer ends with the Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice logo.

A high resolution shot of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was released. I love the look of her costume. A Facebook member noted she and her costume looked like Xena, Warrior Princess and I do agree with that. I happen to like that she reminds me of Xena, Warrior Princess while I think my Facebook friend did not.

My thoughts: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters May 6, 2016 (United States) and this movie I am looking forward to more than any other!!

* I cannot remember where I got that opening line…I think I got it from an episode of Family Guy.

King Kong Escapes: 1967 A Review.

In my review of the King Kong movies I decided to do this one first because I have recently seen it for the first time. I heard it was very bad so I went in with low expectations. The movie was co-produced by Toho Studios and the Rankin & Bass people who brought to life so many Christmas specials such as Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer. The movie was also loosely based off of a Saturday Morning children’s cartoon. Sadly, it shows. The movie was directed by  Ishirō Honda with music by  Akira Ifukube.

I apologies for this next part but I get bored typing out detailed synopsis of the plot so let me see if I can put it in a few paragraphs.

An evil genius named Dr. Hu (pronounced “Who”, but no relation to the BBC character of that name) creates a robotic version of King Kong, named Mechni-Kong, in order to dig for a highly radioactive element called “Element X”, found only at the North Pole. Mechni-Kong enters an ice cave and begins to dig into a glacier, but the radiation produced by the substance destroys its systems and shuts it down. Meanwhile, a damaged submarine from the United Nations is forced to weigh anchor off the coast of Mondo Island. The UN team encounters the true King Kong who battles the Gorosaurus and falls in love with the UN assistant, Lt. Susan Watson, played by the lovely Linda Miller. Basically Dr. Hu, an over the top bad guy, reminiscent of a combination of Snidely Whiplash and Dr. Evil, is bent on world domination as the UN team and eventually King Kong try to stop him. Mechni-Kong and King Kong eventually have an epic battle while climbing Tokyo-Tower.

That is the basic plot in a nut shell and I do not want to give too much of the plot away in case you want to view it. As with all of my reviews I will list some pros and cons.

Pros: This movie does have its charm. It stars my favorite Toho actor Akira Takarada  as Lt. Commander Jiro Nomura so his performance does increase my enjoyment of the movie. I will talk about the suit for Kong in the con section but I would like to comment on the miniatures. Like in many Toho productions of the Showa era it isn’t that difficult to spot miniature sets and in this movie it is actually even easier. I think the miniature sets is actually part of its charm. The miniatures help to set the tone and the mood for the film and the place the film in a very light mood.

The story itself is not bad and this movie is the first time a Mechanised version of a monster is used. Sure, the villains and the good guys are one-dimensional but that doesn’t detract from the charm of this film. I did find the story engaging and one of the litmus tests for movies that I watch is the movie engaging or do I want to turn it off? In the case of this movie I was willing to see it through until the end.

Cons: The movie is a bit too much like a Rankin & Bass cartoon and did not feel like  a typical Toho production. The suit for Kong is one of the problems. While the body of the suit isn’t too bad, the face does look to kid friendly and like it came from a cartoon. Kong reminded me a bit too much like the Abominable Snowman from their Rudolph production. The evil Dr. Hu was just over the top and very silly. He was voiced by Paul Frees a staple of Rankin & Bass productions and for me it was very distracting for that recognizable voice coming from that character. I mentioned that the tone of the movie was very child friendly…but it really wasn’t always. There is some violent shooting and seeing some key characters die was a bit unsettling.

I try to stay away from the good-bad dichotomy so I will say that the movie was something I only marginally liked. I am not sure if I will add this to my collection because my feelings are almost equally divided on this movie. Sometimes the pros will out weigh the cons or the cons will out weigh the pros, but in the case it is a dead heat.  I would only recommend this movie unless you’re a fan of either Toho movies or Rankin & Bass productions or a big King Kong fan and need to have  a complete collection.

King Kong Reviews.

I have decided to review the King Kong movies. There are actually 7 movies with King Kong as the central Character. I recently saw the movie King Kong Escapes and that has put me in a King Kong mood.

From wikipedia….

  • King Kong (1933) – The original film is remembered for its pioneering special effects using stop motion models, and evocative story.
  • The Son of Kong (1933) – A sequel released the same year, it concerns a return expedition to Skull Island that discovers Kong’s son. The critics’ response to the film was generally mixed, but it was successful.
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) – A film produced by Toho Studios in Japan, it brought the titular characters to life via detailed rubber and fur costumes, and presented both characters for the first time in color. The Toho version of Kong is much larger than the one in the original film. This is more than likely because of a significant difference in size between the 1933 King Kong and Godzilla (and, for that matter, all of the company’s giant monsters), with Kong automatically rescaled to fit Toho’s existing miniature sets.
  • King Kong Escapes (1967) – Another Toho film (co-produced with Rankin/Bass) in which King Kong faces both a mechanical double, dubbed Mechani-Kong, and a giant theropod dinosaur known as Gorosaurus (who would appear in Toho’s Destroy All Monsters the next year). This movie was loosely based on the contemporaneous cartoon television program, as indicated by the use of its recurring villain, Dr. Who/Dr. Huu, in the same capacity, Mechani-Kong as an enemy, Mondo Island as Kong’s home and a female character named Susan.
  • King Kong (1976) – An updated remake by film producer Dino De Laurentiis, released by Paramount Pictures, and director John Guillermin. Jessica Lange, Jeff Bridges and Charles Grodin starred. The film received mixed reviews, but it was a commercial success, and its reputation has improved over the last few years. It was co-winner of an Oscar for special effects (shared with Logan’s Run).
  • King Kong Lives (1986) – Released by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG). Starring Linda Hamilton, a sequel by the same producer and director as the 1976 film which involves Kong surviving his fall from the sky and requiring a coronary operation. It includes a female member of Kong’s species, who, after supplying a blood transfusion that enables the life-saving surgery, escapes and mates with Kong, becoming pregnant with his offspring. Trashed by critics, this was a box-office failure.
  • King Kong (2005) – A Universal Pictures remake of the original (set in the original film’s 1933 contemporary setting) by Academy award-winning New Zealand director Peter Jackson, best known for directing the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The most recent incarnation of Kong is also the longest, running three hours and eight minutes. Winner of three Academy Awards for visual effects, sound mixing, and sound editing. It received positive reviews and became a box office success.

I have not seen Son of Kong and I saw King Kong Lives but that was so many eyars ago and it was so awful I do not feel the need to torture myself again with that monstrosity. Consider that sentence my review of that film! I have already reviewed King Kong vs Godzilla in my Godzilla series so you can read that here.

That leaves me with the 1933 original plus the 1976 and the 2005 remakes along with King Kong Escapes. I consider King Kong Escapes more pf a Toho Kaiju movie than a King Kong movie (it really is telling  a different story). I would put Kong vs Godzilla in that category too. So I we review that first and then taking the 2005 remake first I will work back in time until I reach the 1933 original. If I do have a chance to see Son of Kong prior to that I will review it.

Stay tuned to this blog for the King Kong Reviews!!

CGI…What is the problem with it?

As many of you know I do frequent a few science fiction related message baords. I have learned that there are many individuals who are not fans of CGI and often complain about its usage or over usage. I am a fan of CGI so I wonder what is exactly the criticism of this tool? I beleive that CGI has come a long way in looking realistic, it still has a way to go in looking exactly realistic. I have heard this complaint with the recent Man of Steel movie and some have lodged the same complaint about not only Peter Jackson’s recent Hobbit movie but also about his Lord of the Rings Trilogy. A Facebook friend and great musician Chris Bannister said this recently about CGI…

Watching The Hobbit I realised that I’m totally bored with huge, CGI set pieces and that these kind of movies look terrible in super high def, the makeup looked rubbish and the aforementioned special effects looked laughably unrealistic.

I do admit there are times when CGI loses some warmth that other special effects can deliver.

In 1993 Jurassic Park really raised the bar for CGI when some of the depictions of the dinosaurs in that movie were done solely on computer. It is ironic then that director Steven Spielberg has claimed that an audience can always tell the  difference between CGI and real-life action. He even went on to say that had he been directing Jaws today he would have done the Shark in CGI but says that the success of that film was due to the model fo the shark looking realistic.

I am reminded of what the late great Ray Harryhausen said about his own work. He said that when doing his creatures he felt there needed to be some degree of being unrealistic to let the audience know these movies are fantasies. I don’t think anyone ever accused Ray Harryhausen’s work looking fake! There is a concpet in literature called  verisimilitude which refers to the believability of a narrative—the extent to which a narrative appears realistic, likely, or plausible (regardless of whether it is actually fictional or non-fictional). In film verisimilitude refers to the believability  realism as reflected in the over all tone of the film. So lets take Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth films (Lord of the Rings plus the Hobbit). These are fantasy films loaded with CGI. The creatures do look life-like yet the  verisimilitude of the film clearly is adapted to show that we are in a fantasy world.

Let me take another CGI laden film…Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake of King Kong. I am not going to review the film, just the use of CGI. The movie, set in 1933, has the verisimilitude of a fantasy. We are not in the real world. In that sense the CGI works to create that sense of fantasy. I also think Kong looks spectacular in this film. In the previous incarnations of Kong he has been depicted using stop-motion animation and a guy in a suit. This is the very first depiction of Kong where he truly looks and acts like a giant gorilla. Let me contrast this with the 1976 remake of King Kong. I am not going to review the film, just the special effects. The setting in this movie are real and look good for the most part. The wall on the island where Kong lives was done very well. The problem with the effects? Kong himself looks terrible! The man in a suit look just doesn’t work well for this movie. I much prefer the CGI kong.

Persoanlly I don’t have aproblem with CGI and there are times I really like the fantasy worlds they can create. Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth films and Zack Snyder’s films are good examples of fantasy worlds come to life with CGI. Next year Godzilla comes to theaters once again I am looking forawd to how Double Negative, the special effects company that will render Godzilla, in a realistic and life-like manner! I also still like more conventional special effects and they work well.  

In conclusion I really do not have a problem with CGI. I think it goes a long way in setting the tone of a film and taking the viewer to another world, place and time. While I also recognize that there is different levels of quality in CGI there is nothing wrong with using it. If people could enjoy and accept some of the cheesy special effects from science-fiction fantasy films of the 50s-60s and beyond, I really do not understand why they object to the usage of CGI today.

Top 15 favorite movie monsters!

Top 15 movie monsters.

My criteria for this was pretty simple. I like the Giant movie monsters the best so that ruled out monsters such as Frankenstein, Werewolves, Dracula, the Creature From the Black Lagoon and my ex-wife. I am sure in another series I will include these humanoid monsters.

So my criteria is that they are animal like and that they are big. The reasons why I like them basically is their design. I will say more about each as we go through them individually. There is actually 17 on the list. I lumped a couple together. 🙂

15. Destroyah. From the Godzilla movie, Godzilla vs. Destroyah. A strange spelling for the name. Was Toho trying to appeal to the hip-hop audience? I don’t know but he was a formidable opponent. 

14. Rhedosaurus. From the movie, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, and this guy was one of the first giant monsters. Basically he is a large four footed mythical dinosaur. Usually monsters on 4 legs don’t work but this time it did. It worked because it was a model and not the man-in-a-suit type from Toho studios. These men-in-a-suit type of 4 legged monsters are generally on their knees which is the reason they don’t work for me.

13. Gorgo. From the 1961 movie of the same name. The only British monster on the list. The roar they use for this creature is still pretty haunting and the destruction of London is well done. Good job Gorgo! Oh, this movie also has a happy ending….for the monsters at least.

12. The Kraken. From the 2010 movie the Clash of the Titans. With apologies to Ray Harryhausen who designed the first Kraken from the 1981 original movie, I like this design much better because he was gigantic and much more threatening looking.

11. The Balrog. From the first Lord of the Rings movie. More demon than anything else but I loved the design but wish I could have seen more of him.

10. Mothra. From the Godzilla franchise and his or her own movie. I always liked Mothra as a kid and even though she isn’t scary I still think it is rather cool design.

9. Xenomorph. From the Alien franchise. Scary looking and as tenacious as a pit bull.

8. King Kong. From the 2005 remake by Peter Jackson (director of the Lord of the Rings). Sure the movie could have been shorter and a little tighter but someone finally nailed the design down! Giant kudos to Andy Serkis for the acting and depicting him as an actual Gorilla. He no longer looks like a man in a suit but an actual Gorilla! Did I mention what I like about this version of Kong is the fact that he is depicted as an actual Gorilla?

7. King Ghidorah. From the Godzilla franchise. I really like this monster but one thing bugs me. His lack of arms. I understand that he has wings instead of arms but it still looks like there is something missing. But I can’t complain too much about Godzilla’s number 1 nemesis.

6. Zilla. This is the creature from the 1998 American version of Godzilla. He is still owned by Toho studios and since this guy was easily defeated Toho removed “God” from the name and just dubbed him Zilla. I actually really liked the movie and even though I do have a hard time seeing this monster as Godzilla, I do think it is a very well designed monster in its own right.

5. Rodan. From the people at Toho studios. Like Mothra, Rodan originally had his own movie and then became a regular feature in the Godzilla franchise. I always found him to be a menacing monster.

4. T-Rex & Spinosaurus. Both of these “monsters” are the only ones on my list that actually existed. Both were also featured in the Jurassic Park franchise.

3. Gaira & Sanda: The Gargantuas. From the Toho studios. Outside of the Godzilla Franchise, War of the Gargantuas,  is one of my all time favorite monster movies. I was 4 years old when I saw the trailer on TV for this movie and it scared the crap out of me. My parents wouldn’t let me watch this on TV until I was older.

2. Cloverfield.  From the movie of the same name. This creature was excellently design by Neville Page, one of my favorite creature designers. I do like the movie but just wish that we saw more of him in the film. I hope we get a sequel to Cloverfield, I would hate to have that one movie be the only one this creature was used in.

1. Godzilla. Was there any doubt as to who would be number 1? Godzilla has been designed and redesigned multiple times so here are a samples of my favorites. I love the dorsal spines on his back. The bigger the better!

King Kong vs Godzilla 1962

The next movie in the franchise is King Kong vs Godzilla and it is also the first Godzilla movie presented in full color. Godzilla Raids Again came out in 1955 and we wouldn’t see another Godzilla film for seven years until King Kong vs Godzilla hit the silver screen in 1962. In between the time Toho began exploring other creature features such as Mothra and Rodan. King Kong vs Godzilla was directed by Ishirō Honda with visual effects by Eiji Tsuburaya, the film starred Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, and Mie Hama.

John Beck had acquired the rights to the film when it was in its concept stage. At first Kong was going to fight a giant Frankenstein like monster in San Francisco and the movie was tentatively titled King Kong vs Prometheus. Beck was going to use traditional stop motion animation for the creatures. This soon became cost prohibitive and the project was shelved. Toho studios eventually showed interest in the project and decided to make the movie and substituted the Frankenstein creature with their very own Godzilla. Toho eventually did make a two movies featuring a Frankenstein like creature, Frankenstein Conquers the World and my perennial favorite War of the Gargantuas.

There is a difference between the American and Japanese release. This movie is where the franchise begins its step toward a more family, or shall I say, child friendly tone. The Japanese cut of the movie features more comedic action scenes between the two protagonists. Much of this was edited out of the American version trying to make the movie more sophisticated for the American audience. The new footage was directed by Thomas Montgomery and it depicted Eric Carter, a UN reporter who narrates much of the action from a UN communication satellite broadcast. The movie also had scenes of Arnold Johnson, the head of the Museum of Natural History in New York who explains Godzilla’s origin and why Kong behaves as he does.

The previous movie, Godzilla Raids Again, has the big guy entombed in a mountain of ice at the end of that movie. Both the Japanese and American versions have Godzilla escaping from his icy grave at the start of this new movie. However, the difference is that in the Japanese version this is treated as a sequel to the previous movie and his escape from the ice is treated as a reappearance. In the American version Johnson’s explanations into Godzilla’s origins treats this movie as if it is Godzilla’s initial appearance to the world. My guess to the reasons why this approach was taken was due to the wider distribution of the film and that for many Americans this would be their first Godzilla movie.

The plot is pretty simple. The head of a large pharmaceutical company wants to find if the legends of King Kong are true and if they are, they want to use the giant creature in their add campaigns. They send out a search crew to bring the big beast back to Japan from the mysterious Faro Island. Meanwhile a US nuclear submarine gets caught in an iceberg freeing Godzilla who begins to go on a rampage. On Faro Island the native village is attacked by a giant octopus. Kong comes and defeats the giant octopus and drinks some berry juice and is intoxicated and falls asleep. The Japanese team captures him and tows him back to Japan on a giant raft.

By this time Godzilla is attacking Japan and when the government realizes that Kong is on his way and since they do not want two giant monster in Japan, they order Kong to be destroyed. After a failed attempt to blow him up an angry Kong swims to shore and faces Godzilla for the first time. The first round between the two behemoths is short with Godzilla blasting Kong’s chest hairs with his atomic halitosis.

The Japanese armed forces tries in vain to stop Godzilla from entering Tokyo. They are finally successful in averting Godzilla from Tokyo when they erect a barrier of power lines around the city filled with a 1,000,000 volts of electricity. Overpowered by the electricity Godzilla heads for the Mt. Fuji area. That night when Kong approaches Tokyo he comes up against the power lines and the contact with the electricity actually makes him stronger. Kong now attacks Tokyo but his new found strength gives the Japanese armed forces an idea. They explode capsules full of the berry juice from Faro Island and knock out Kong and transport him strapped to a bunch of giant balloons to the Mt. Fuji area where Godzilla is, with the hope that they will fight each other to their deaths. Sounds a little silly doesn’t it? But it is fun!

The two do meet up and they begin to battle one another. This is actually the meat and potatoes of the movie and depicts some classic fun and destructive monster battles. The question always asked is who won? The debate rages to this day. The American movie depicts that Kong was triumphant as we see him swimming back to Faro Island after a brief underwater battle with Godzilla. In the Japanese version it is speculated by the human characters that Godzilla survived and it is certain that he will return again. In truth the ending in both versions is rather anticlimactic. After an epic battle the two monsters fall into the ocean when an earthquake strikes Japan. This earthquake is much more enhanced with stock footage from other films in the American version. We do not see the underwater battle. We just see bubbles in the water and then Kong swimming away. I would have liked a more visual and decisive end.

The suit for Godzilla was designed differently for this move. Godzilla suits were often redesigned for different purposes. The main reason was to create a suit that would be easier and safer for the actor to wear. Those suits were heavy and hot and could be lethal! So anytime they could improve on the suit it was a good idea. The second reason the suits are changed is to give Godzilla a different look for the tone of the movie. Since this was the first color film we see that Godzilla is not green as he is often thought, he is more of a charcoal gray. His tiny ears were removed and wouldn’t be seen again for decades. He went from 4 toes on his feet to 3 toes. His tail was shortened and his face elongated to give him a more reptilian look. The suit for Kong is just bloody awful!! He looks like a moth eaten teddy bear that was lost underneath someone’s couch for months on end. The face is the worse. It barely resembles a gorilla. The other point about Kong is that he isn’t the same version from the original 1933 movie. That King Kong was only 25 feet tall (7.6 meters). In this movie Kong is 148ft tall (45meters) to match Godzilla’s 180ft (55meters) height.

All in all this is a fun movie and I enjoy it. If you’re a Godzilla fan I am sure it is on your list of favorites. In all honesty I would love for this movie to be remade. With the special effects as they are now this could be a depicted as a great monster battle.

I give the film a solid B.