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farley3k wrote:

Positive review here

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/g...

"Godzilla vs. Kong" is a crowd-pleasing, smash-'em-up monster flick and a straight-up action picture par excellence. It is a fairy tale and a science-fiction exploration film, a Western, a pro wrestling extravaganza, a conspiracy thriller, a Frankenstein movie, a heartwarming drama about animals and their human pals, and, in spots, a voluptuously wacky spectacle that plays as if the creation sequence in "The Tree of Life" had been subcontracted to the makers of "Yellow Submarine." It has rainstorms and explosions and into-the-wormhole light shows, giant mammals and reptiles and amphibians and insects and beasts that might be hybrids of one or more of the animal kingdoms, with some zombie, robot, or demon thrown in. It dares to dream big and be goofy and sincere as it does it. And yet, for an over-scaled and incident-packed tentpole flick, "Godzilla vs. Kong" stays light on its feet, like its co-leading man, a skyscraper-sized primate who bounds through jungles, tropical and concrete, like an astronaut skipping on the moon. It might be the best studio film so far this year. If it isn't, it's for damn sure the most fun.

The movie can’t possibly be as good as that description makes it out to be. Now I have to watch it to see if I’m right. DAMN YOU EBERRRRRRTTYT!!

Godzilla vs. Kong was okay. As the reviews said, the monster fights were great, the human stories just dragged everything down and were superfluous.

It should have just been like a UFC tournament. There should have been some undercard fights between Gamera and Rodan. Maybe Megalon. There should have been some training storylines. Emotional snippets of wives and kids. Running and other training in slow motion. Then some trash talking segments. Interviews with coaches...

God vs King

Very powerful blast

Spoiler:

Godzilla blasted a hole to the center of the Earth.

Nope,

Like the boss fights. Was confused by what was found. B plot maybe should have been axed. heh heh. Basically they got the fights right but not the story. No one cares about people in giant monster movie. They want to see giant monsters fighting.

Im getting pretty much non-stop Unreal Engine crashes. AMD 5900X Chip, AMD 69000XT video card. Love the game when I play, but the stability is arse.

SpyNavy wrote:

Im getting pretty much non-stop Unreal Engine crashes. AMD 5900X Chip, AMD 69000XT video card. Love the game when I play, but the stability is arse.

wrong thread?

SpyNavy wrote:

Im getting pretty much non-stop Unreal Engine crashes. AMD 5900X Chip, AMD 69000XT video card. Love the game when I play, but the stability is arse.

Movies are not typically an executable format, which is likely to cause all sort of havoc.

Hobear wrote:
SpyNavy wrote:

Im getting pretty much non-stop Unreal Engine crashes. AMD 5900X Chip, AMD 69000XT video card. Love the game when I play, but the stability is arse.

wrong thread?

Malor wrote:
SpyNavy wrote:

Im getting pretty much non-stop Unreal Engine crashes. AMD 5900X Chip, AMD 69000XT video card. Love the game when I play, but the stability is arse.

Movies are not typically an executable format, which is likely to cause all sort of havoc.

Yes this was for Outriders :).

I thought Godzilla v Kong was a great summer action movie released in the Spring. The monsters were cool, but the guy with the podcast was my favorite.

GvK was fun but man the plot holes just kept dragging me out of the moment. It was hard enough to wrap my head around the whole earth is hollow, but has light, vegetation, a temperate climate, but the Godzilla can just bore all the way to it with his atomic breath....come on!

Mechagodzilla needs a "telepathic" skull of Gadorah to work? But then can run without any human control...

The list can go on but I think the biggest issue is that it took itself too seriously. I prefer the Pacific Rim Kaju fights where it is so campy we can't help but laugh.

I enjoyed it a lot, but it was a preposterous movie as well. I thought it was hilarious how they made the discovery of a lifetime in hollow Earth and then just breezed right past it with barely any recognition.

I wonder if they cut a lot of story out of the movie. I thought they were going to go with the titans were created to fight for the enjoyment of aliens or maybe even bigger man like titans. The one area in middle Earth looked like a arena. Then they had the statue of the giant hand. I think a lot of connecting story was cut.

farley3k wrote:

GvK was fun but man the plot holes just kept dragging me out of the moment. It was hard enough to wrap my head around the whole earth is hollow, but has light, vegetation, a temperate climate, but the Godzilla can just bore all the way to it with his atomic breath....come on!

Mechagodzilla needs a "telepathic" skull of Gadorah to work? But then can run without any human control...

The list can go on but I think the biggest issue is that it took itself too seriously. I prefer the Pacific Rim Kaju fights where it is so campy we can't help but laugh.

Unexplained background details about how a hollow earth would function are not a plot hole.

Ghidorah is an alien that regrew a head in the previous movie. It's predictable that it could regrow enough of itself to take control back from the human pilot.

farley3k wrote:

GvK was fun but man the plot holes just kept dragging me out of the moment. It was hard enough to wrap my head around the whole earth is hollow, but has light, vegetation, a temperate climate, but the Godzilla can just bore all the way to it with his atomic breath....come on!

Mechagodzilla needs a "telepathic" skull of Gadorah to work? But then can run without any human control...

The list can go on but I think the biggest issue is that it took itself too seriously. I prefer the Pacific Rim Kaju fights where it is so campy we can't help but laugh.

I think they mentioned (briefly) that one skull was in the mecha and the other was the control center.

But yeah.

I also felt there were a few to many throw away.characterss. the girls dad was in there at all because...? An attempt to make an emotional connection? Or just because he signed up for two movies so he go to be in it?
The japanese fellow who worked with the "generic evil corporate ceo" was odd. I expected him to have some dramatic scene where we see his special skills or something but he just kind of dies befor he even does anything.
Even the CEOs daughter was mostly wasted. She did get enough scenes so we could dislike her so we cheared when she died I guess.

I did enjoy the movie overall I just left it was a bit of a mess.

So does Mechagodzilla think it’s the Ghidorah? Or does it think it’s a wholly new thing?

I'd say it doesn't think anything, anymore, but we saw how that went with the last skull.....

I wouldn't be surprised if Mechagodzilla thought it was Grimlock given the new design.

It was ok but man it made zero sense. I mean zero. It made less sense than the 25 mile long Runway in one of the Fast and Furious movies.

Was this ever mentioned?

Godzilla vs Kong's Serizawa Story Is A MonsterVerse Betrayal
Godzilla vs. Kong’s introduction of Ren Serizawa betrays his father Ishiro Serizawa's legacy in the MonsterVerse, especially after his sacrifice.

So apparently the guy who worked for Apex as the mechagodzilla driver was the son of the guy who blew up the nuke in Godzilla King of Monsters thus saving Godzilla.

I know I wasn't following incredibly closely at times but it feels like a pretty big failure of storytelling that I had no idea about this until the article.

They did introduce him by name when they first brought in the Hollow Earth guy. How many people figured out that Joe Morton's character from King of the Monsters was the student from Kong: Skull Island, even though he's addressed by name when we first see him?

There is a plot hole/mistake where Madison is recognized as being the Director's daughter and yet Lance Reddick is listed in the credits as Monarch's Director.

I don't totally remember the characters from the previous Godzilla movie, but Madison turning into a conspiracy lunatic in the latest movie was a bit weird.

I enjoyed it

Godzilla vs Kong FULL Breakdown - Mechagodzilla Easter Eggs and New Titans Explained

I finished my Snyder Cut viewing (over several days). I don't know how much credit he gets for his version being much more intelligible---turns out, if you cut 4 hours of film down to 2 hours, it is much harder to follow what's happening!!!---but I found it mildly enjoyable. And watching it over several sittings is much better than sitting down and going through it all at once. Snyder's understanding of what makes Superman Superman is so bad that I would believe Snyder has only read the character in Dark Knight Returns and nowhere else. I don't think Affleck Batman is bad, I kinda like him, but there, too, it just feels like Snyder wants to make a DKR movie and has decided he can just shove that movie into this context where it doesn't really fit (the idea that Batman has been Batman for 20 years in this world really just does not make sense to me at all). A lot of other good performances and characters, though. They absolutely cannot let Snyder be in charge of the DCEU, but if they want to keep letting him make a movie here or in his own little Snyderverse, I'd probably still watch them, especially if they never let him touch Superman ever again.

Also--Close Enough is a funny show! From the creator of Regular Show, which was a funny cartoon nominally aimed at kids but still pretty good for adults (basically you can write stoners for kids and make them wacky animals and it works), Close Enough is the creator of that show just doing a show about adults with adult relationships and a kid. I watched the first season when it came out, but I understand it had been made years ago--I think I read it was supposed to be on TBS, but some showbiz business stuff meant that wasn't going to happen so it just sat around for a couple of years?--so I wasn't expecting a second season to happen, but it just came out. Anyway, it's pretty funny, worth checking out.

There hasn't been a good live action Superman movie since 1980. So Snyder isn't alone in sucking.

How come the TV shows and animated shows/movies do it so much better?

Stele wrote:

There hasn't been a good live action Superman movie since 1980. So Snyder isn't alone in sucking.

How come the TV shows and animated shows/movies do it so much better?

They’re aiming for the core audience with the TV and animated stuff. Lots of fan service. Effort to be true to the source material.

With big budget films they’re aiming for the largest possible audience. Focus groups. Etc. What you end up with is a great looking trailer that makes you really want to see the movie, and a great looking movie with no soul.

We've been watching Gentleman Jack, which is actually a BBC show that's on HBO in the US. If you ever wanted to see a period piece about the LGBT experience in 18th century England with a badass lead character, this is worth a watch.

mrlogical wrote:

I finished my Snyder Cut viewing (over several days). I don't know how much credit he gets for his version being much more intelligible---turns out, if you cut 4 hours of film down to 2 hours, it is much harder to follow what's happening!!!---but I found it mildly enjoyable. And watching it over several sittings is much better than sitting down and going through it all at once. Snyder's understanding of what makes Superman Superman is so bad that I would believe Snyder has only read the character in Dark Knight Returns and nowhere else. I don't think Affleck Batman is bad, I kinda like him, but there, too, it just feels like Snyder wants to make a DKR movie and has decided he can just shove that movie into this context where it doesn't really fit (the idea that Batman has been Batman for 20 years in this world really just does not make sense to me at all). A lot of other good performances and characters, though. They absolutely cannot let Snyder be in charge of the DCEU, but if they want to keep letting him make a movie here or in his own little Snyderverse, I'd probably still watch them, especially if they never let him touch Superman ever again.

I agree with all of this.

Ever since they let Snyder touch Superman they have yet to figure out it won't work. That's not Superman... I know the name gets butts in seats... but just pick a different superhero it you don't want one that gives people hope.

Finished the first season of Warrior after stalling for good few months. It's really quite fun, guaranteed Cinemax quality action.

We really enjoyed the first episode of The Nevers. I had read a few negative reviews earlier in the day so I had really low expectations. We were pleasantly surprised and will be tuning in for now.