When we heard the news that Godzilla vs Kong had begun shooting in Australia in January 2019, we waited with bated breath for its release. The fourth instalment in the MonsterVerse by Legendary Entertainment, the movie promised to be a VFX dream.
It was planned to be released in 2020, but then the pandemic hit, and the world of cinema went topsy-turvy. The sequel to Godzilla: King of Monsters was finally released on 26th March this year. And on the opening day alone, it cashed in INR 6.4 Crores.
That’s what it made just in India. And keep in mind that there were nil promotions before the release and cinema halls are running at less than usual capacity because covid cases are rising.
What’s the reason for Godzilla Vs Kong’s solid opening?
The obvious reason the movie made such a massive splash is the mashup of two worlds. When you bring together two well-known and well-loved franchises – Godzilla and King Kong – people are obviously interested.
- Fanfics wanted to see the battle of giants.
Even if people didn’t love the 2014’s Godzilla and were not too happy with 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, they would still think of watching Godzilla vs Kong. After all, where else can you see two titans battling out?https://youtu.be/odM92ap8_c0For fanfics, the topic of the two giant beasts confronting each other has long held allure. When the Japanese-produced King Kong vs Godzilla was released in 1962, it made enough impact that it was dubbed in English. Moreover, the movie was re-cut, especially for the US audience.And this was almost 60 years ago. Imagine the change in technology since then and how it has altered film-making, which brings us to the second reason for GvK’s success.
- The VFX in Godzilla vs Kong is a study in mastery.
The computer-generated effects, cinematic techniques and VFX film making used in the new MonsterVerse movie are something to behold. Despite the fact that the main two characters cannot talk, the film is impressive.It is visually thrilling, with the photo-realistic action sequences. Ignore the fact that the two monsters end up in a ‘bar fight’, and you’ll notice the intricate world-building and gorgeous VFX compositing and editing.
Godzilla vs Kong’s visual effects are amazing because you cannot expect anything less from Zack Fox. Adam Wingard, the director of the movie, hired Zack as the senior visual effects coordinator. Zack is the genius behind movies like Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Christopher Robin and the 5th instalment of Pirates of the Caribbean.
But Zack Fox is just one man. There is a whole team of people who worked on the VFX, animation and effects of Godzilla vs Kong and each one should get a pat on their back. Without a doubt, it is the visuals of the movie that have won the audience.
Did you notice this VFX glitch in Godzilla vs Kong?
After viewing the movie, some fans noticed that a few VFX shots and live-action scenes that used blue saturated highlights were filled with dark artifacting.
Think blue neon lights and flares like this:
While we didn’t notice any such thing, a few US-based fans who saw the movie on HBO Max did. If you’ve seen the movie, did you catch sight of this colour management issue?
If yes, then there is a simple explanation for it. The weird artifacting is a common issue with ACES. While ACES has gone a long way in toppling key problems VFX professionals have faced, it is not full proof.
But even with weird blue flashes, Godzilla vs Kong is an epic visual spectacle. So, go watch it. Trust us; you’ll enjoy it more than you think just because of the effects!