Stream It Or Skip It: Godzilla Vs Kong HBO Max, A Titanically Silly Monster Mosh That’s A Whale Of A Good Time
Godzilla vs. Kong has 40-ton headbutts, skyscraper-smashing chokeslams, enormous tail whips, massive ape-axes, and enough behemothic mayhem and destruction to keep us entertained until next Tuesday at the very least.
It has an endlessly amusing disregard for science and a plot that makes one want to make cuckoo noises when describing it, thanks in part to its depiction of a world within the planet where all prehistoric beasts went to live a long time ago (and it's an even more bizarre place than I'll describe here).
And that's all before the third act's monstrous mosh is illuminated in the neon light of late-night Hong Kong, when it reaches ridiculous speeds. I'd also add that it's without a doubt the greatest film in which Rebecca Hall is asked to repeat the phrase "This is a force beyond our comprehension."
You can't simply dig into it!" which I took as a meta-warning not to even attempt to establish an intellectual foothold in this situation. All of this is a long way of stating that the film is both very dumb and really cool. Wingard isn't satisfied with his megalithic pugilists just pounding on each other in a workmanlike manner, as Godzilla and co. did in the dismal King of the Monsters from 2019.
His camera whirls and swirls zoom in close to the creatures' lovely and/or ferocious eyes, then stand back in amazement as the show unfolds; it is dragged deep below and through stomach-churning gravity-warps (yeah, I know, but just go with it).
The Hollow Earth scenario is beautifully and colorfully portrayed, and Hong Kong, the site of the climactic fight, is an incredible metropolis, a manufactured piece of beauty just begging to be crushed into a dozen distinct degrees of leveling dust. The film is often breathtaking, a real feast for the eyes, and it begs to be viewed on the largest possible screen.
As much as I like the streaming experience, not being able to see it in a cinema made this particular kaiju fanatic a little unhappy (the film is being released concurrently in theaters and for 30 days on HBO Max, so the wheres and hows and COVID safety measures are entirely up to you).
When compared to Kong, who is presented as not only a sympathetic hero, but a friend of the children, won't somebody think of the children? With a large heart and sometimes loving eyes, Godzilla vs. Kong may be a bit lacking in portraying Godzilla's inner life.
Godzilla, on the other hand, isn't nearly the living embodiment of nature's cold and merciless utilitarian objective that he was in the first MonsterVerse film, 2014's Godzilla, which is the series' finest thematic exercise. He's mellowed a little, and behind that scaly stare, there's a glint of humanistic intellect.
The new picture is a deft mix of Godzilla's sharp visual wallop and Kong: Skull Island's delightful comic books. There are a few references to King Kong vs. Godzilla from 1962, so keep your eyes open.
To be honest, watching these two fight is a lot like watching my cats fight; it's a lot of fun, but you wish they'd just stop and find out how to work together against an invasive species in the home.
I won't reveal much, but Godzilla vs. Kong is a satisfying spectacle of indiscriminate devastation, and I smiled maniacally the whole time. If this is the last chapter in the new MonsterVerse (say it ain't so? ), the series will go out with a bang.
With Legendary Pictures' crossover putting an end to the discussion of which of these two giant monsters would be victorious with their latest iterations, Godzilla Vs. Kong has easily become one of the biggest blockbuster movies of 2021, and it appears that fans won't have to wait long for the kaiju movie to return to HBO Max.
While the picture was available on the streaming service at the same time that it was released in theaters earlier this year, it was removed from HBO Max after a thirty-day period, like with previous entrants.
The newest kaiju crossover has grossed over $450 million USD worldwide since its release earlier this year, demonstrating that there were plenty of fans eager to witness the two most popular gigantic monsters settle their disputes with their fists and teeth.
While there has been no official confirmation that the MonsterVerse would continue with a new chapter after the long-awaited crossover, rumors have been swirling for months that Godzilla Vs. Kong filmmaker Adam Wingard will be returning with a new feature under the title "Son of Kong" in the future.
According to HBO Max, Godzilla Vs. Kong will be back on the streaming service on August 17th, enabling fans to relive the final battle or see it for the first time if they missed it in cinemas or when it was available on the service earlier this year.
The future of Godzilla and Kong has yet to be determined, in either the Western or Eastern markets, with many kaiju enthusiasts wondering whether we will see the lizard king return in his Shin Godzilla incarnation. The Shin version of the King of the Monsters, designed by Hideaki Anno of Neon Genesis Evangelion fame, has been the most recent take on the lizard king, although no plans for a return have been announced.
Godzilla vs. Kong is only accessible on HBO Max for a short time, unlike Zack Snyder's Justice League, which is an HBO Max Original Film and will be available on the streaming service indefinitely. Starting May 1st, it will no longer be accessible to watch on HBO Max and will only be available to view in cinemas.
It will eventually be published on digital, Blu-ray, and DVD, and it may return to HBO Max for streaming a few months later, but this has yet to be confirmed. So, if you want to see Godzilla vs. Kong on HBO Max, you just have a month.
The theater experience is perfect for a big action film in which two enormous monsters battle each other. And as vaccination distribution accelerates (particularly in the United States), a growing number of individuals are resuming their visits to movie theaters.
To that end, Godzilla vs. Kong will be released in cinemas worldwide on March 31st, including IMAX theaters, and is expected to be the most successful film of the year.
Yes, Godzilla vs. Kong is now showing in cinemas throughout the United States and across the globe. The picture has already been distributed in a number of other countries, including China, where it debuted to $70.3 million in its first weekend, exceeding expectations.
Godzilla vs. Kong is a PG-13 film with a running length of 1 hour and 53 minutes. Millie Bobbie Brown, Kyle Chandler, and Zhang Ziyi return to the MonsterVerse in Godzilla vs. Kong, while Alexander Skarsgard, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, and Jessica Henwick enter the MonsterVerse for the first time.
The film's description says, "Legends clash in Godzilla vs. Kong when two legendary foes meet in a dramatic fight for the ages, with the destiny of the planet hanging in the balance."
"Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has established a unique and strong connection, joins Kong and his guardians on a dangerous quest to discover his real home. However, they find themselves in the path of an angry Godzilla, who is wreaking havoc throughout the world. The titanic battle, which was sparked by unknown forces, is just the beginning of the mystery that lurks deep beneath the Earth's core."
Godzilla vs. Kong is one of the Warner Bros. films that will be available on HBO Max this year in addition to its theatrical release. Warner Bros. has announced that their full slate of tentpole 2021 films will be available on Netflix on the same day they are released in cinemas.
The film "Kong" debuted in cinemas and on HBO Max on March 31. This is the fourth installment in the "MonsterVerse" series, and it features Godzilla and King Kong as the main characters. The film was removed from HBO Max on May 1, although it is still available on VOD platforms such as Amazon Prime Video for $30.
It is worth noting that, in contrast to Zack Snyder's Justice League, which is an HBO Max Original Film and will be accessible on the streaming service in perpetuity, Godzilla vs. Kong is only available for a limited time on the HBO Max platform. It will no longer be accessible for streaming on HBO Max as of May 1st, at which point it will only be available for viewing in cinemas, according to the studio.
You have two options for watching Godzilla Vs. Kong: either drive to your local theater and watch it there (wear a mask if you do) or watch it online. or watch it from the comfort of your own home if you have a subscription to HBO Max, the premium streaming service offered by HBO, where Godzilla Vs. Kong will be available for viewing for the next 31 days.