Those who forget the past, are doomed to repeat it. Look, I enjoyed the hell of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but i understand why critics lambasted it. The movie is VERY niche in that if you’re a long time fan of the Toho franchise, you will love this movie to death. New viewers? Not so much. More so in this year of films, when you have a blockbuster being churned out every week now. So much so, you kind have franchise/blockbuster movie overload (which happened again this weekend with Dark Phoenix and the Secret Life of Pets 2).
Then again, reviewers for the 2014 movie that kicked off the “Monsterverse” wanted more fights. Well, this movie had that, and better characters (given how many complained about Aaron Taylor Johnston‘s wooden performance), yet still it gets harped on for it.
Well, those who criticized KoTM to hell and back. You might just get your wish when the next penultimate perhaps even final chapter of the Monsterverse Godzilla vs. Kong, comes out next year– oh right about that.
So during a morning discussion Warner Bros. Studio chairman Toby Emmerich, WB’s TV president/chief of content Peter Roth, and Deadline’s Pete Hammond. One of the topics Emmerich and Hammond had leaned of course to Godzilla vs. Kong.
He said that the film “will deliver for fans in the way they were looking for”. So I guess better written human characters (which the film had), daylight fights (alright I agree the film needed one besides Rodan rampaging a city), and– less monsters. … Even though these movies are supposed to be about the monsters.
Emmerich also said this as well of the movie stating, “It might come out later in the year, so we can deliver an A+ movie.” In that regard, I do fully agree with the Warner Bros. head. Why you ask?
Godzilla vs. Kong is being directed by Adam Wingard. Who I admit did direct 2011’s You’re Next (which was good), but he also directed this gem in 2017 (which just so happens to be the last film he did before starting on the final Monsterverse movie):
Yes, he directed Netflix’s Death Note, and that alone does not fill me with confidence. Nor does this being Warner Bros. who’s history of destroying films that then come out looking like abominations (aka Suicide Squad and Justice League I’m looking at you both). These are the symptoms for a perfect storm of a bad movie. Then again, maybe Warner Bros. will do their job right this time and this won’t go down like those two films did.
Still, it seemed Emmerich didn’t say no to the movie being. So at the moment, Godzilla vs. Kong is slated still for March 2020.