As monster mashups go, it doesn’t get bigger than Godzilla Vs. Kong. The pair are the most famous kaiju in the world, but apparently there’s only room at the top for one.
Why, exactly, are they fighting anyway? Both characters were established as basically good eggs at the end of the last films they starred in. That’s the question the tiny humans standing a safe distance from their feet have to figure out. It may have something to do with a strange young girl that has the power to command monsters. (If someone else shows up, we saw it coming.)
The film was directed by Adam Wingard, who described the film to Deadline as “the ultimate pop culture match of all time.” Though Godzilla and Kong met and fought once already, that was back in 1962 and barely anyone watches that take today. “I’m so honored to be able to be the one to referee the ultimate matchup. That original film didn’t pick a winner; it was interpretational who won. That was a wrong I felt needed to be righted, since I was in second grade. This was a lifelong ambition and dream to come true.”
Wingard admits he’s going to have to take a backseat to the stars of this one. “You look at all the advertising for the film, the posters, trailers and billboards. Who do you see on those billboards? You see Godzilla and you see Kong. You don’t see anyone else’s name. You don’t see my name; nobody knows I directed this movie. It’s all about the monsters, and that is the main, important thing. Maybe later, people will talk about the humans involved, but we all know that we’re here for Godzilla and Kong.”
Godzilla Vs Kong stars Alexander Skarsgård as geologist Nathan Lind, Millie Bobby Brown as Madison, Kyle Chandler as Mark, and Rebecca Hall. The film will be viewable to anyone with an HBO Max subscription for the next thirty days; after that it has to be digitally rented (or you can see it on the big screen, if you’ve been vaxxed).