'Godzilla vs. Kong' tops $60 million domestically, the best box office

'Godzilla vs. Kong' tops $60 million domestically, the best box office

Release Date, Streaming Information, and More for 'Godzilla vs. Kong'

The time has come.

In the new film Godzilla vs. Kong, two legendary movie monsters square off. The battles between King Kong and Godzilla in this film are epic in scale and well-executed, which should please fans of both film franchises.

Godzilla vs. Kong, as the title suggests, pits Godzilla against King Kong. It will be their first time on screen together since 1962.

The film is a sequel to both Kong: Skull Island (2017) and Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019), and it features a clash between Kong and Godzilla, while humanity is desperate to find a way to defeat both of them.

How to watch Godzilla vs. Kong online?

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In the United States, Godzilla Vs. Kong is an HBO Max exclusive, which means that the streamer is the only place to legally watch the film.

Viewers will have to pay for at least a month's worth of access to the streamer in order to watch it. This item costs $14.99. The service no longer provides new customers with a free trial period.

There is, however, a way to watch HBO Max for free, which means that viewers will be able to watch Godzilla Vs. Kong for free. They can do so by signing up for the HBO Max add-on on Hulu, which offers a free week before charging $14.99 per month.

'Godzilla vs. Kong'

Because HBO Max is currently only available in the United States, the film will be available in other countries via different streaming services and at different times. In the United Kingdom, for example, the film will be available on premium video on demand (PVOD) services such as Amazon, Sky, and iTunes on April 1 for an expected price of £15.99. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. has reversed its decision to only release the film in theaters in Canada, which means that viewers will be able to purchase the film on PVOD services on March 31 for $24.99 CAD.

Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Taiwan, Argentina, Australia, South Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, China, Spain, and Vietnam have already seen the film's release (per IMDB).

The plot follows a group of explorers led by Alexander Skarsgard and Rebecca Hall as they attempt to locate the fabled "Hollow Earth," which is located in the planet's center. Kong, it appears, is required to accompany them. It's not really explained why Kong must join, other than possibly finding his true home (which isn't Skull Island, I guess), but he does so against his will. Godzilla also wants to kill him, and while this plot point isn't explained, it's most likely due to apex predatory hierarchies.

The audience can tell the direction of the film from the first dialogue between Skarsgard and Hall's characters. The inclusion of human characters, as in the previous two Godzilla films, is largely mindless and detracts from the final product. The presence of human forces this time is not only distracting but also horrifyingly developed. The writing is frustratingly rudimentary and frequently amusing.

For some, the less-than-stellar writing may be irrelevant. After all, the clash between the two box office titans is what really matters. Unfortunately, this is a sporadic shambles. Godzilla and Kong are limited to two set pieces, which can be seen in nearly all promotional materials for the film. The fights are also strangely grounded. Rather than capitalizing on the unique nature of the "Hollow Earth" developed in the second act, the filmmakers discard all of its otherworldly potential in favor of destroying a highly digitized, neon-soaked Hong Kong. As a result, the end result is a time-consuming and thoroughly disappointing waste.

Having said that, the film's visuals, which are essentially 3-D animated, are stunning. Although the action becomes tedious and the acting is mediocre, the attention to detail in the visual effects is mind-boggling, and the end result is often quite beautiful.

My main annoyance stems from the film's failure to focus on the two most important characters — Kong and Godzilla. Godzilla's character arc, which in the first two films was envisioned as a somewhat benevolent protector, is completely abandoned, making his intentions for fighting Kong appear frivolous. Furthermore, despite being the film's protagonist, Kong lacks any sentimental or memorable character moments. His relationship with Jia, a young deaf child (played by Kaylee Hottle), while the film's highlight, is overshadowed by the chaotic mess of the third act.

While neither character has established reasons for fighting the other, and while this may not be important to all viewers, it is important to remember that this is a movie, not a WWE match. I'm not trying to hold a film called "Godzilla vs. Kong" to the same standard as "The Godfather" or "The Shawshank Redemption," but the filmmakers should try to maintain some dignity rather than releasing a CGI-heavy, substanceless corporate product.

If you can get past the pointless dialogue, cringe-inducing performances, and illogical plotline, I am confident you will enjoy (or at least tolerate) “Godzilla vs. Kong.” For the rest of us, I would simply advise being inebriated or avoiding at all costs.

What do the reviews say?

Godzilla vs. Kong has a Metacritic score of 62 based on 44 critic reviews.

The film received four stars from i's Francesca Steele, who said it "may be overstuffed and underexplained, but the sheer spectacle and fight scenes are great to watch."

“In set pieces that are clear, elegant, and brutal, Godzilla and Kong battle it out against cavernous oceans, pink sunsets, and, oblivious to the human cost, the neon skyscrapers of Hong Kong,” she says.

“The much-hyped battles deliver the giddy thrills we demand, but in the moments when the pair aren't at war, there's also a staggeringly well-built and extensive universe to explore, and one that's barely been teased in the trailers we've seen,” said Benjamin Lee of The Guardian.

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