Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Let the titans battle!  Directed by Adam Wingard, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is one hell of a monsterverse slugfest as Kong must recruit a super-charged Godzilla in a battle for more than just Hollow Earth.  If that statement means little to you then, rest assured, this movie is not for you.  Keep scrolling.  I will wait.

Still here?  Good.  To be clear, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is not going to win any awards this spring - although the CGI is spectacular throughout the running time - and many critics will ding it mercilessly for what it isn’t when it comes to human involvement and its (maybe?) sillier tone, but that doesn’t mean this monster-led popcorn muncher can’t entertain with its ferocious battles, recalling some of the very best moments of the Showa Era, before things got really out of control.

"one hell of a monsterverse slugfest as Kong must recruit a super-charged Godzilla in a battle for more than just Hollow Earth"

But, really, when we are dealing with Titans, who really cares about tone?!  We want AWESOME, FACE-SHREDDING BATTLES!  And we get that with Godzilla x Kong.

Let’s just get it out of the way, though.  This film is not trying to be the next Godzilla Minus One entry.  Some of you will need to hear/read that.  This film is, in fact, another entry in the ongoing Monarch series, which debuted with 2014’s “Godzilla,” continued in 2017’s “Kong: Skull Island”, then 2019’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”, followed by 2021’s “Godzilla vs. Kong”, and then AppleTV’s Monarch: Legacy of Monsters series from 2023.  Each project has developed a nice sized following, bringing more fans into the Kaiju fold, but it is here with the battles in Godzilla x Kong which we really get a feel for the power of the Titans.

And Wingard knows exactly what his mission is. 

So bring it on already!  Oh, don’t worry.  This film wastes no time in getting to the good stuff.  We get wicked wrestling-matches, awesome moves, and punches we can feel in our groin for days.   

Sidelining the cast - which includes returning actors Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry and Kaylee Hottle as the only human survivor from the civilization on Skull Island, with Dan Stevens (as Kong’s personal tooth extractor!!!) - to basically just articulate the mythological exposition works wonders as audiences get to bypass the messy humans and just deal with the monsters walking about in Hollow Earth. 

You see, Kong has moved to Hollow Earth and only comes up to the surface - which is Godzilla’s territory - for health issues.  He’s on the hunt for more creatures like him, but he’s looking in all the wrong spots . . . until he comes face to face with one of his own, a baby-sized ape named Suko.

But where is his home? Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Kong dives deeper into Hollow Earth and discovers an enslaved group of his own which are under the control of the Scar King.  And he’s pissed.  But even Kong knows when he’s outmatched, so back to the surface he goes . . . to get the help he needs from a Godzilla who has been soaking up as much power as possible and then taking naps inside Rome’s ancient colosseum.    

Written by Terry Rossio, Simon Barrett and Jeremy Slater, there’s plenty of monster mayhem to go around and, fans of kaiju fun, are in for a serious treat as a fan favorite is introduced thanks to Hottle’s participation in the film.  We knew there was something more to her character than the ability to communicate with Kong and, here, we get to see just what she can do and who she can summon.  Fans of the universe probably already know what’s in store as the trailers did little to hide it, but, really, it’s about time! 

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire probably won’t win over fans iffy on the whole Titan vs Titan scene, but there’s nothing wrong in what’s getting done.  Sure, the only humanity comes from the caricature of the Titans, but that’s the territory of the kaiju . . . and fans of the Showa Era are going to dig the spectacular beatdowns within the 115-minute running time.

It’s Godzilla’s 38th movie and Kong’s 13th, but it still feels as fresh as the day the earth first recognized these legendary characters.  Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is now playing everywhere.

4/5 stars


Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

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4K Ultra HD + Digital 4K

Home Video Distributor: Warner Bros.
Available on Blu-ray
- June 11 2024
Screen Formats: 2.39:1
: English SDH, French; Spanish
English: Dolby Atmos; English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1; English: Dolby Digital 5.1; French: Dolby Digital 5.1; Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1; Audio descriptive
Discs: 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc; Single disc
Region Encoding: 4K region-free;

The epic battle continues! The cinematic Monsterverse follows up the explosive showdown of “Godzilla vs. Kong” with an all‐new adventure that pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence—and our own. “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” delves further into the histories of these Titans and their origins, as well as the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever.


Framed in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1, Godzilla x Kong 4K blu-ray is every bit as detailed and on point as you might expect from Warner Bros. Gone are the days of the horribly darkened Godzilla transfer. This puppy is blazing with neon, brilliant details, and deeper than black black levels. Each and every frame is loaded with details and they all work together to create a mesmerizing experience as monsters tag team each other and then an ever bigger presence!


Get ready to RUMBLE! Because the Dolby Atmos track, which automatically converts to Dolby TrueHD 7.1 for you (if you don’t have the tech), provides the smackdown that you’ll still be hearing long after the movie ends. Thought the visuals were stuffed with wild stuff? Wait until you HEAR the battle of the century!



  • Director Adam Wingard, Visual Effects Supervisor Alessandro Ongaro, Production Designer Tom Hammock and Editor Josh Schaeffer give their thoughts on the making of the movie. For a fan of the movie, this is good stuff.

Special Features:

If you are looking for some seriously good information on the last 10-years of the Monsterverse, look no further. From the battles to Bernie’s apartment, this detailed behind-the-scenes collection of supplemental items is what getting a copy of the film is all about!

  • GxK – Day of Reckoning
  • Evolution of the Titans
  • Godzilla Evolved (5:33)
  • Kong’s Journey – From Lonely God to King (5:44)
  • Into the Hollow Earth
  • Visualizing Hollow Earth (5:46)
  • Monsters of Hollow Earth (5:39)
  • The Battles Royale
  • A Titanic Fight Among the Pyramids (5:30)
  • The Zero Gravity Battle (5:03)
  • The Titans Trash Rio (5:22)
  • The Intrepid Director – Adam Wingard
  • Big Kid (3:43)
  • Set Tour (3:44)
  • The Imagination Department
  • The Monarch Island Base – Portal To Another World
  • The Evolution of Jia – From Orphan to Warrior
  • Bernie’s World – Behind The Triple Locked Door

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  Movie 4/5 stars
  Video  5/5 stars
  Audio 4/5 stars
  Extras 3/5 stars

Composite Blu-ray Grade

4/5 stars


Film Details

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

MPAA Rating: PG-13.
115 mins
: Adam Wingard
Terry Rossio; Simon Barrett; Jeremy Slater
Rebecca Hall; Brian Tyree Henry; Dan Stevens
: Action | Adventure |Sci-fi
Bow to your new king.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Just try not to swallow your tongue."
Theatrical Distributor:
Warner Bros.
Official Site: https://www.godzillaxkongmovie.com/
Release Date:
March 29, 2024
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
June 11, 2024
Synopsis: Two ancient titans, Godzilla and Kong, clash in an epic battle as humans unravel their intertwined origins and connection to Skull Island's mysteries.


Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire