Godzilla vs. Kong officially dropped in theatres and streaming on March 31, and it’s time to break down what it’s all about and whether or not you should watch it. I’ll admit that it’s not my favourite movie, but it’s set to be the biggest theatrical release of the pandemic.
We’re covering what you need to know about the film—whether or not you should watch it, who the cast is and what kind of merch you can pick up. Anything that you think you need to know, we’ve got it!
Godzilla vs King Kong trailer
Should you watch Godzilla vs. Kong?
Objectively speaking, Godzilla vs. Kong is not the best film out there. If you’re looking for a showdown between these two famous movie monsters then you’ll get what you’re looking for—but that’s where the positives end.
This film is all action and pretty much nothing else. The storyline is confusing and weird, the characters are wildly underdeveloped and there’s way too much going on for such a short film. I’m not a huge advocate of longer movies as-is, but they tried to stuff way too much into this film and didn’t give themselves enough time to explain any of it.
I love science fiction and fantasy, but I need to be able to piece even the fiction together which doesn’t happen here. There are also two separate and distinct storylines that they mash together (sort of) in the last 15 minutes.
Strictly speaking, if you want to watch monsters fight it out it’s possible this film is for you. But I’d recommend checking out Kong: Skull Island instead—I’m not convinced this added much to the story at all. But that’s just my opinion, let me know yours in the comments below!
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Godzilla vs. Kong Funko Pop!
Funko Pop! is technically part of film merchandise, but I like to give it its own section because the little figurines are so damn cute. I’m honestly glad that I live out of a suitcase that barely has room for the stuff I need in it, otherwise, I’d probably end up with a ridiculous amount of these adorable guys.
If you’re looking for a Godzilla vs. Kong Funko Pop figure to add to your collection (or two), here’s what they’ve made for this film:
Funko Pop! Kong 10-inch figure
While Kong is my favourite out of the two different monsters, he’s not my favourite when it comes to the Godzilla vs. Kong Funko Pop line. That said, this little Kong vinyl figure is 10-inches of sorta cute monster to add to your collection.
Funko Pop! Godzilla 10-inch figure
If you want to add a 10-inch Godzilla figure from the Godzilla vs. Kong Funko Pop line instead, this cute little guy is a winner. He, like all of their other figurines, comes in a windowed box so you can keep him safe if you’re a collector. You can also get the 3.75-inch version if you’re looking for something a little smaller.
Funko Pop! Battle Worn Kong
If you’re looking for a more film-specific Godzilla vs. Kong Funko Pop, then the Battle Worn Kong might just fit the bill. He’s not the prettiest looking guy since he’s legit just been in battle, but standing at 3.75-inches he’ll look great in your collection!
Funko Pop! Godzilla Fire Breathing
This cute little Funko Pop! figure is a 9-inch version of a fire-breathing Godzilla. This little vinyl figure is model no. 1018 and is aptly title Heat Ray Godzilla. I think he might be my favourite piece from this particular collection.
Funko Pop! Mechagodzilla
This cute little Funko Pop! rendition of Mechagodzilla makes him WAY less scary. He’s just a little guy weighing in at 3.75-inches, so he’s perfect for collectors or kids who are looking for smaller, travel-friendly buddies!
Other King Kong vs Godzilla toys and merch
Godzilla vs Kong official movie poster
Despite the fact that many of us won’t get a chance to see this particular flick in theatres, you’ll be pleased to know that there is still an official movie poster that you can purchase.
This poster comes in five different sizes, which means however you house your collection you can make it work. It comes unframed, so you’ll have to get a frame to fit it in, but it’s printed on high-quality paper and packaged carefully!
Godzilla vs King Kong toys: King Kong action figure
I’m not going to lie, I’m team King Kong all the way. So, if I was going to get an action figure it would most likely be the King Kong version because he’s way cooler—I find Kong to be the more likable of the two.
This King Kong toy features the additional axe which, as far as I know, was added to the King Kong lore in this particular film. So, it is an improvement on previous action figures if you (or your intended recipient) already have one.
Godzilla vs Kong 2021 toys: Godzilla action figure
This Godzilla action figure is part of the Monsterverse Movie Series set of toys from the film. It features a 6-inch Godzilla holding a radio tower and was designed based on this particular film.
It apparently includes a “battle damage” feature that I’m assuming simulates Godzilla after he’s been in battle for a while—though, honestly, I’m not a toy expert so I have no idea how it works. Reviewers say that it has a “cool colour scheme” and highly recommend it for the Godzilla fans out there.
Monsterverse Godzilla vs. Kong: Kong, Godzilla and Skullcrawler playset
Let’s be honest, if whoever is getting these toys is going to legitimately playing with them and not adding them to a collection, it’s going to be hard to do it with only one. That’s where the Kong, Godzilla and Skullcrawler playset comes in.
This features King Kong with his axe, Godzilla and a pesky little Skullcrawler that has a weird little robot thing that comes with it—clearly not my area of expertise. That way monster enthusiasts can have some real, live-action, Godzilla vs. Kong fun.
1956 Godzilla vintage tin sign
This Godzilla tin sign is definitely not from Godzilla vs. Kong, but I have a sweet spot for vintage movie paraphernalia so it’s getting included. This is for true monster verse fans who happen to have space on their wall to show it off. It’s 20 by 30 cm in size and comes with pre-drilled holes to make your life easier when you go to hang it.
Dophnison Godzilla mask
If toys aren’t your thing but you still want something film-themed, you could take a look at a getting yourself a branded face mask. While many people are getting immunized against COVID, we’re still being asked to wear masts. And, honestly, you can never have too many.
Out of all the masks that I’ve found, I personally prefer something vivid in description like the Dophnison Godzilla mask. If you want something specific to Godzilla vs. Kong, you can get a set of Godzilla or Kong team masks.
Godzilla vs Kong cast
Despite definitely not being my favourite film of 2021, the Godzilla vs. Kong cast is pretty stacked. It includes:
- Alexander Skarsgård as Dr. Nathan Lind, a geologist and cartographer in charge of getting Kong to hollow Earth
- Millie Bobby Brown as Madison Russell, the daughter of Monarch scientists Mark and the late Emma Russell
- Rebecca Hall as Dr. Ilene Andrews, as the “Kong whisperer” and the adoptive mother of Jia
- Brian Tyree Henry as Bernie Hayes, podcaster, conspiracy theorist and Apex Cybernetics Technician
- Kaylee Hottle as Jia, a young girl who can communicate with Kong
- Julian Dennison as Josh Valentine, Madison’s bestie who’s not so sure he should be on this journey
This film features more of an ensemble cast, so there are plenty of more names that could be added to the list. There is only one plus size character in this film, Josh Valentine played by Julian Dennison—who is truly a hilarious actor.
What to watch after Godzilla vs. Kong?
Just because I wasn’t thrilled with the film, doesn’t mean that you don’t love it—and I judge you not for that, there are some truly non-lovable films on my favourite list. If you’re looking for some more fun action-packed films, here’s what I’d recommend:
Journey to the Center of the Earth
If you love the whole hollow Earth theory part of Godzilla vs. Kong, I’d highly recommend Journey to the Center of the Earth. I’m not shy about my love for Brendan Fraser and this is a truly fantastic fantasy film of his.
Join Professor Trevor Anderson and his nephew Sean as they dive into the depths of the Earth and walk through the essential pages of the Jules Verne novel. It’s a fun adventure, though it is from the earlier 2000s, so be kind on the graphics.
Jurassic Park is one of my favourite movies. It’s not a monster movie like Godzilla or Kong, but it does feature some pretty exceptional monsters—that are not really monsters at all. Now, if you want to talk about bad graphics, this is a film from the ‘90s but it honestly holds up.
Who wouldn’t want to go to a theme park filled with amazing dinosaurs that you never dreamed you’d see? It’s a truly riveting story that sucks you in, and is probably the best way to spend two hours if you really want to get lost.
Kong: Skull Island
If you want a monster movie that’s well-done, Kong: Skull Island is the one. I’ve watched this bad boy a handful of times, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it each time. It’s an exciting adventure to uncover the mysteries of a seemingly non-existent island.
What I really like about Kong Skull Island is that it’s a contained adventure story—they have a place they’re going, a goal to accomplish and a time frame to do it in. And, honestly, this movie does it exceptionally well.
The Meg is not my favourite film, but I do love a good sea monster tale. It’s like Godzilla vs. Kong mashed with Jaws. There’s no monster battle per say, but it’s an underwater battle with creepy monsters that haven’t lived for millions of years.
In this flick, a rescue diver has to save a team from the Megalodon—a creature that hasn’t lived for 75-million years. It’s a crazy tale that hits just along the could-be-real line to keep me engaged. Plus, I saw it in the theatre and it looked damn cool on the screen.
Godzilla vs. Kong Quick Answers
When is the Godzilla vs Kong release date for HBO Max?
The Godzilla vs Kong release date HBO Max put out was March 31, 2021. You can now watch the film in theatres (if you have one close by and want to go) or you can watch it on HBO, if you’re in the USA. If you are a Canadian who wants to stream it, you can do so via Apple or another rental service.
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