King Kong vs. Godzilla is the third of the Toho (the company that created Godzilla) Godzilla films. In this movie King Kong battles Godzilla, who is controlled by the forces of Mother Nature. King Kong is shown as a giant, angry monster who roars and flies through the jungle. Godzilla is saved by a nuclear submarine and flown to safety where he fights King Kong one-on-one. This fight leads to a climactic and destructive battle on earth.
Nominated for nine Academy Awards including Best Picture, King Kong vs. Godzilla continues the story told in the previous Godzilla movies. While the earlier films had only shown King Kong attacking Godzilla, this movie shows King Kong flying through the air as he fights Godzilla. In the beginning of the movie the character of Godzilla is attacked by a colossal whale which launches itself into the air and takes out several buildings in San Francisco. Godzilla then makes a show of his power by annihilating the whale. However, not long after the giant creature is knocked out of the air by a nuclear explosion, a mysterious stranger with an injured whale stumbles into the city and falls in love with the new wife of Godzilla.
The climax of King Kong vs. Godzilla takes place in the Pacific Ocean where Godzilla returns as King Kong. In the background are two large skyscrapers that were nearly vaporized by Godzilla in the previous scene. In this movie the destruction is shown to have been done at the cost of millions of lives. On land, the United States military has been called in to deal with the huge scale disaster. The military helicopters are then seen hovering over the sea with several B-29 stealth fighter planes being prepared to carry out an aerial assault on the base.
Although there was some concern that the weather conditions might be too extreme for shooting King Kong vs. Godzilla on location in Hawaii, all went well for the special picture. The December weather in Hawaii is perfect for filming with the blue and white surf temperatures rivaling those of Hollywood. The blue skies, however, did pose a problem for the principal photography because the sun did not appear to reach the far southern skies. Shooting had to take place during a period when the sun did shine just deep enough into the evening sky to create an illuminated look to the matte finish of the film King Kong vs. Godzilla.
Despite the bad weather conditions, King Kong vs. Godzilla made a smashing $US 5.75 billion at the worldwide box office. It ranks as the second highest grossing movie of all time behind only Spider-Man 3. Of course, it was not without its share of critics either. Many of the same complaints that had been directed toward the original King Kong movie were leveled against Godzilla as well. Some of these include the same cartoonish style that has become synonymous with the Godzilla films, along with the obvious similarities in the giant fight between the giant monsters.
The next day, King Kong vs. Godzilla returned to the silver screen, this time premiering in Hollywood. After a weekend of both disappointment and audience approval, King Kong vs. Godzilla opened in the United States on the weekend of April 28, 2021. The movie was a big hit with both audiences and movie critics, earning another four-million dollars in its opening weekend. Now, the King Kong vs. Godzilla franchise will head into theaters around the world in the future.