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It’s Godzilla vs Kong, and ODEON has front-row seats for the showdown of the century.
Here's our tale-of-the-tape on the ultimate monster melee which pits two of cinema's iconic beasts against each other for the first time.
Ever since Godzilla resurfaced on cinema screens in 2014, Warner Bros.’ and Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse has had one consuming passion – to a.) deliver deliriously epic monster movies to the big screen and b.) ultimately to create the conditions for the mother of all monster showdowns between the hulking mega-lizard and the greatest of great apes, King Kong.
The journey to this epic matchup has not been an easy road for either Titan – the series’ name for the many towering beasts that have been dormant residents of Earth for thousands of years. Having failed to impress the judges of our Top 10 Alternative Film Couples, there’s only one way these two are going to win our hearts. FIGHT!
First to break his self-imposed silence with a bowel-loosening roar and a terminal case of radioactive breath was Godzilla with Gareth Edwards’ low-budget, indie film Godzilla (2014).
Just kidding – it was a city-levelling origin story that rebooted Toho’s franchise, pitching Godzy (Gojira ゴジラ to his Japanese fans) against a pair of parasitic, radiation-guzzling mega-beasts called MUTOs, and introducing the connective tissue of the MonsterVerse – Monarch, an international organisation dedicated to studying and, well, hushing up Titan sightings.
Next up came the prequel, Kong: Skull Island (2017).
Set in 1973 and leaning into a very entertaining and atmospheric tail-end-of-the-Vietnam-War vibe, the film brought King Kong and his historically isolated island filled with all sorts of food-chain reordering evolutionary horrors into the MonsterVerse.
It also pitted legendary movie badass Samuel L. Jackson (playing bitter US Army Lieutenant Colonel, Preston Packard) against Kong and – to the surprise of many – saw Kong come out of the scrap victorious.
Not to be outdone, Godzilla stomped back into cinemas in 2019 with Godzilla: King of Monsters.
Far from simply trying to provoke Kong into a scrap, the film made good on the MonsterVerse’s promise by surfacing a bunch of new Titans from across the globe – Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Typhoon, Baphomet, Tiamat, Mokele-Mbembe, Sargon and Bunyip to name a few.
However, despite eco-terrorists misguided efforts to heal the planet by giving King Ghidorah free rein to terraform Earth, Godzilla – with sterling support from Mothra – made Ghidorah’s three heads spin, getting mad respect from the other Titans, and restoring the peace between them and humans.
This brings us to the present, to Godzilla vs Kong (2021), and to the highly anticipated main bout between two of cinema’s greatest mega-cryptids.
It’s five years since Godzilla defeated King Ghidorah, and Kong is being kept in captivity (and studied) on Skull Island thanks to a giant dome built by Monarch. But, before credits can roll on a short, sweet and peaceful MonsterVerse film, Godzilla inexplicably attacks a facility owned by Apex Cybernetics in Pensacola, Florida. But why?
Meanwhile, Apex Cybernetics CEO, Walter Simmons (Demián Bichir) recruits former Monarch scientist and Hollow-Earth theorist Dr Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgård) to persuade friend and Kong expert, Dr Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall) to join an expedition to the subterranean realm of the Titans to seek a ground-breaking power source, using King Kong as their guide.
However, as soon as Kong’s escort leaves Skull Island, Godzilla attacks and the stage is set for a fight that will not only reignite an ancient grudge match between Kong’s and Godzy’s relatives, but that will reveal a terrifying new manmade threat to humans and Titans alike.
Take a few minutes to watch the Godzilla vs Kong trailer. But, when you do, imagine experiencing every searing blast of Godzilla’s Atomic Breath, every ground-shaking, spittle-flecked Kong roar, and every last punishing impact as these Titans slug it out on a dazzling, giant screen with state of the art surround sound that you can feel in your chest.
Now, let’s go one better, and imagine taking Godzilla vs Kong to the next level by booking tickets to see it on an ODEON IMAX screen.
The mother of all monster movies projected on a building-sized screen that fills your view and takes your breath away.
Don’t waste this epically entertaining blockbuster on a small screen – experience Godzilla vs Kong how a Titan would choose to, on the biggest screen with the best sound system available.
This may seem like an obvious question to answer, but there are more parties involved than a certain pair of aggro-loving behemoths…
Mean, green but surprisingly misunderstood, Godzilla’s being provoked into attacking, but by whom and for what reason?
The giant ape has a huge heart in more ways than one. He’s lonely but has connected with the last member of Skull Island’s Iwi tribe.
Lind is a world-class geek when it comes to geology, cartography and his study of the Hollow Earth – the theorised home of the Titans that is believed to exist near the core of the Earth.
An anthropological linguist working for Monarch and studying Kong, Andrews knows Kong better than anyone with the possible exception of her adopted daughter, Jia.
Jia is the last surviving member of the Iwi people, the tribe that featured heavily in prequel Kong: Skull Island. She’s deaf and has bonded with Kong like nobody else.
Godzilla advocate Madison tragically lost her mum Emma Russell during the events of Godzilla: King of Monsters. She’s close, once more with her Monarch scientist dad, Mark, and is independent, curious and out to get answers.
Madison's father, Monarch's deputy director of special projects, and an animal behavior and communication specialist.
Bernie is a junior technician at Apex Cybernetics. He’s also a good-hearted truth-seeking Titan conspiracy theorist who hosts a podcast that Madison Russell loves.
The CEO and founder of Apex Cybernetics isn’t a bad person exactly, but his focus on trying to manage what he sees as the humanity-threatening Titan presence has clouded his judgement in a monumental way.
Walter Simmons’ daughter is a top executive at Apex Cybernetics. Smart and driven, she’s her dad’s eyes and ears on the Hollow Earth mission and doesn’t suffer fools gladly.
Son of the late Ishihiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe’s Titan-loving Monarch scientist from Godzilla and Godzilla: King of Monsters), Shun Oguri works for Apex Cybernetics and it’s fair to say, hasn’t exactly followed in his dad’s footsteps.
In the green scaly corner, we have the beast from the East. He’s radioactive, he’s (probably) attractive, he’s Godzilla!
Godzilla can swim like a fish, has a powerful tail for whip attacks, fearsome jaws and his signature Atomic Breath, which makes getting close to him no easy task.
As Titans go Godzilla’s more of your solid stomper than nimble wrestler. Fight him in the ocean and you’re (wet) toast, but on land, you have a chance to outmanoeuvre him.
King of Monsters
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Godzilla’s had a great MonsterVerse season so far, having recently come off an all-Titan Championship bout with King Ghidorah. He also enters Godzilla vs Kong in a particularly cranky mood so Kong better be on his A-game.
In the brown, furry corner we have the king of swing. He’s the mountainous ape in impeccable shape, he’s King Kong!
For such a big lad, Kong is surprisingly agile. He’s very, very strong, can soak up damage, wearing out his opponent in the process, and is a real threat up close.
While Kong has the opposable thumb advantage, enabling him to wield weapons, he doesn’t really do long-range attacks. And if he can’t get close, he can’t tear off your arms and beat you with the soggy ends.
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No doubt about it, Kong is King of Skull Island, having torn the giant Skullcrawler a new one as a young mega-ape, but that decisive fight was in 1973. So, while Kong is now in his prime, is he match fit for a showdown with Godzilla?
The audience. You didn’t actually think we were going to spoil the surprise, did you?
What we can say with absolute confidence is that this is one big fight that belongs on the big screen.
So, book some great-value tickets with the myODEON app, pick your team, and we’ll see you very soon.
Godzilla vs. Kong at ODEON from 17 May 2021