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Summary:  The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another – the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong – with humanity caught in the balance.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 25th March 2021 (Australia), 25th March 2021 (Thailand), 31st March 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 1st April 2021 (UK), 31st March 2021 (USA)

Country: USA, Australia, Canada, India

Director: Adam Wingard

Screenwriter: Eric Pearson, Max Borenstein

Cast: Demian Bichir (Walter Simmons), Millie Bobby Brown (Madison Russell), Chris Chalk (Ben), Kyle Chandler (Mark Russell), Ronnie Chieng (Jay Wayne), Julian Dennison (Josh Valentine), Eia Gonzalez (Maya Simmons), Rebecca Hall (Ilene Andrews), Brian Tyree Henry (Bernie Hayes), Kaylee Hottle (Jia), Hakeen Kae-Kazim (Admiral Wilcox), Daniel Nielson (Hayworth), Shaun Oguri (Ren Serizawa), John Pirruccello (Horace), Lance Reddick (Guillerman), Alexsander Skargard (Nathan Lind)

Running Time: 113 mins

Classification: M (Australia), G (Thailand), 12-A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

OUR GODZILA VS KONG REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Godzilla vs Kong Review:

There is perhaps no bigger way to announce that blockbusters are back in post-COVID cinemas then to let two titans like Godzilla and King Kong go head-to-head. The Godzilla/Kong franchise has bubbled along nicely for Warner Bros over the past seven years and now it roars back to life as the two titans come to some pretty impressive blows in Godzilla vs Kong.

Directed by Adam Wingard (Blair Witch) the film sees the giant creatures go to war after Kong expert Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall – The Town) and her adopted daughter Jia (newcomer Kaylee Hottle) are persuaded by scientist Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgard – The Legend Of Tarzan) to bring Kong out of his protected environment in a bid to help with a scientific discovery that could save humanity.

Meanwhile on the other side of the world the determined Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things) and her friend Josh Valentine (Julian Dennison – Deadpool 2) have joined forces with conspiracy theorist Bernie Hayes (Brian Tyree Henry – Widows) to try and clear Godzilla’s name after it appears that he attacked a city for no apparent reason.

However, once Godzilla realises that Kong is out and in the open he proceeds to attack the giant beast in a bid to become the ‘alpha’ placing the lives of all on Earth at risk.

The plotline of Godzilla vs Kong is pretty thin but of course nobody is going into this film expecting an Oscar-worthy script – no this is a film that is designed to be a visual spectacular and that is certainly the case from start to finish. If you want action then you’ve come to the right place because Godzilla vs Kong delivers it in spades.

The one thing you do very quickly realise with this film is that it is very much a Kong film. The film is largely told through the eyes of those who surround Kong ie. Ilene Andrews, Nathan Lind and Jia, and for the most part Kong is the hero of the tale and Godzilla the villain. That also results in strong storylines developing around those characters and Kong while the interest in the team trying to ‘clear’ Godzilla at times wanes as it is mainly one dimensional.

What saves the film though is the brilliant action sequences that see the two kings of the Monsterverse go head-to-head. To the credit of the filmmakers they don’t hold back on those scenes and the two epic battles are more than enough to fulfil those who criticised Godzilla: King Of Monsters for its lack of action. And yes the rumours are true – both battles easily last longer than 10 minutes on screen each. With some amazing special effects and the brilliant eye of Wingard and cinematographer Ben Seresin (World War Z) these battle sequences come to life in a way that fans of the franchise could only dream they could. They also have the sense not to be cutting away to minor characters during the battles and instead just let the beasts host their own version of Smackdown.

When it comes to the acting side of things you get both good and bad with Godzilla vs Kong. The talented Kyle Chandler (Super 8) feels wasted with his limited screen-time but both Rebecca Hall and Kaylee Hottle shine as the carry most of the ‘human’ side of the film. You expect that someone with the experience of Hall could do that fairly easily but huge credit must be paid for Hottle for doing so. This is the first acting performance for the young hearing-impaired actress and her performance brings back memories of Drew Barrymore in E.T. or Kirsten Dunst in Interview With A Vampire. Like them she never seems to be over-awed by the scale of the film or by the experience of the actors around her and instead she makes her own mark as a star.

Godzilla vs Kong is the kind of film where you are willing to overlook some pretty obvious continuity errors and weak storyline simply because of the amazing special effects and action sequences. While the film is not likely to be an award winner it will certainly win over fans of this franchise with ease.

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You can also check out our review that appeared in The Phuket News here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/godzilla-vs-kong-hits-phuket-screens-79481.php

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Welcome to the Jam!  NBA champion and global icon LeBron James goes on an epic adventure alongside timeless Tune Bugs Bunny with the animated/live-action event “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” from director Malcolm D. Lee and an innovative filmmaking team including Ryan Coogler and Maverick Carter

This transformational journey is a manic mashup of two worlds that reveals just how far some parents will go to connect with their kids. When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s digitized champions on the court: a powered-up roster of professional basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before.  It’s Tunes versus Goons in the highest-stakes challenge of his life, that will redefine LeBron’s bond with his son and shine a light on the power of being yourself. The ready-for-action Tunes destroy convention, supercharge their unique talents and surprise even “King” James by playing the game their own way.

A new trailer for Marvel Studios’ long-awaited “Black Widow” is available now, showcasing Natasha Romanoff’s struggle to face her past and deal with unfinished business. The action-packed spy thriller will launch in cinemas July 9. Or Order It On Disney+ With Premier Access* July 9, 2021.

Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow, Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour portrays Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz is Melina. “Black Widow” – the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – is directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige.

Summary:  A chaotic battle ensues between Jerry Mouse, who has taken refuge in the Royal Gate Hotel, and Tom Cat, who is hired to drive him away before the day of a big wedding arrives.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 1st April 2021 (Australia), 26th February 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: 25th March 2021 (USA)

Country: UK, USA

Director: Tim Story

Screenwriter: Kevin Costello

Cast: Janis Ahern (Mrs. Jacobson), Daniel Adegboyega (Gavin the Doorman), Camilla Arfwedson (Linda Perrybottom), Jordan Bolger (Cameron), Joe Buck (himself), Bobby Cannavale (Spike (voice)), Ajay Chhabra (Mr Mehta), Christina Chong (Lola), Somi De Souza (Mrs Mehta), Rob Delaney (Mr. Dubros), Eleanor Fanyinka (Sadie (voice)), Patsy Ferran (Joy The Bell Girl), Spank Horton (Ash (voice)), Nicky Jam (Butch (voice)), Ken Jeong (Chef Jackie), Colin Jost (Ben), Edward Judge (Leo The Sous Chef), Lil Rel Howery (Angel/Devil (voice)), Na’im Lynn (Meathead (voice)), Chloe Grace Moretz (Kayla), Michael Pena (Terrence), Patrick Poletti (Mr. Jacobson Snr.), Harry Ratchford (Topsy (voice)), Bernardo Santos (Aaron Merritt), Pallavi Sharda (Preeta), Joey Wells (Lightning (voice))

Running Time: 101 mins

Classification: G (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

OUR TOM AND JERRY REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Tom And Jerry Review:

When I first heard that a new Tom & Jerry movie was on the way, my first thought was – how could this possibly work? Yes the mischievous mouse and cat have been entertaining audiences for over 70 years, but I have come to realise over recent years that what the new generation finds funny compared to what I found funny as a child 30 years ago is vastly different. So, I’ll be completely honest – I thought the chances of this being a Tom & Jerry film that would appeal to all ages was next to zero.

But I am happy to say that I am going to have to eat my words with this one because director/screenwriter Tim Story (Fantastic Four) has created a world for Tom and Jerry that I am sure even their creators, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera would be very proud of.

The key thing to making Story’s version of Tom & Jerry work is that he has made it universal and timeless. As usual Tom chases Jerry right around the city and Jerry finds himself moving into the Royal Gate Hotel just as the world’s most popular couple, Preeta (Pallavi Sharada – Lion) and Ben (Colin JostHow To Be Single), have arrived at the Hotel in preparation for their wedding.

The approaching wedding has the Hotel’s Events Manager, Terence (Michael Pena – Ant-Man), completely stressed out and he not impressed when his boss, Mr Dubros (Rob Delaney – Deadpool 2), hires the very inexperienced Kayla (Chloe Grace Moretz – Kick-Ass) to help him out.

Adding to Terence’s stress is the fact that suddenly he has the crazy pair of Tom and Jerry running around the hotel and fighting at every opportunity, just when he wants everything to be perfect. Despite him predicting it will end in disaster he can only sit back and watch as Kayla drums up a plan to hire Tom to try and capture Jerry.

There is a tonne of fun and comedy throughout the film but what impressed me the most was how Tim Story managed to mix old with new. The old school animation that brings Tom, Jerry and a cast of other animals including the famous bulldog Spike (Bobby Cannavale – Blue Jasmine), to life is mixed well with the modern day shots – so well in fact that the only film I think I ever seen that has such a seamless animation and real life mix is Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Likewise the story itself. This is a timeless tale, the events that happen at the Hotel could easily have happened in the 1930s and that is one of the reasons why the characters of Tom and Jerry slip so well into this ‘new world’. Even the hotel itself looks like it has been plucked from a 1930s film noir flick so again lends itself to the world of Tom and Jerry perfectly.

As a storyteller Story also comes to the fore with his characters. Dubros and Terence are perfectly over-acted and enhanced while the smart Kayla is written as a strong and caring lead that the audience quickly wants to support. Story has even written Preeta and Ben in such a way that they are likable, move the story along but never over-stay their welcome or over-shadow the characters that are the centre-piece to the plot. The only character I feel Story should have done more with was Chef Jackie who is seriously under-used especially given that he has played by comedic genius Ken Jeong (Community) but still does very little to move the story along.

That is the only blemish though when it comes to the acting. Moretz quickly shows the audience that she can add comedy to the list of things that she excels while Pena again does what he did in Dora The Explorer and brings his A-Game to a family film. It probably doesn’t look like it on paper but Moretz and Pena are the perfect comedy duo here are one of the reasons why the film works so well.

Tom & Jerry goes very close to being the perfect family film – funny throughout and sensitive when it needs to be this is the kind of film that will be loved by any generation of the family. For kids it is something new and fresh and for Mum and Dad (and even Grandpa and Grandma) this is a trip down memory lane with a modern twist. I still can’t believe I am saying this but you will find very few films as enjoyable as Tom & Jerry this year.

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Summary:  When a 4-year-old girl makes an allegation against the son of a politician, an attempt by the children’s parents to resolve the situation soon degenerates into a vicious confrontation.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 1st April 2021 (Australia)

VOD Release Dates: 30th June 2020 (USA)

Country: Australia, UK

Director: Michael Bentham

Screenwriter: Michael Bentham

Cast: Kieren Cochrane (Ethan), Geraldine Hakewell (Bek Chalmers), Matilda Ridgway (Emily Bowman), Greg Stone (Steve), Mark Leonard Winter (Danny Bowman), Tom Wren (Joel Chalmers)

Running Time: 84 mins

Classification: MA15 (Australia)

OUR DISCLOSURE REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Disclosure Review:

There is nothing quite like sitting down to watch a film that relies heavily on its screenplay. Yes, I love my action blockbusters but the screenwriter in me just laps up films like The Ice House and Blackbird that rely on a brilliantly written script and character-driven dialogue to make the film work. Given how many great dramas Australia has produced it is surprising that we haven’t brilliant character-driven films, but I guess that just makes films like brand new drama Disclosure even more special.

In one way it almost feels wrong to call Disclosure a drama. The emotions the film puts its audience through is more like what you would expect from a thriller. Certainly there are more than a few times throughout the film where you find yourself waiting with baited breath to see what a character will do or say next.

Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Michael Bentham (Mowing The Lawn) Disclosure centres around two couples. First of all there is ambitious politician Joel Chalmers (Tom Wren – The Inbetweeners 2) and his glamorous wife Bek (Geraldine Hakewill – Wanted). Then there is journalist Danny Bowman (Mark Leonard Winter – The Dressmaker) and his filmmaker wife Emily (Matilda Ridgway – June Again).

The two couple are friends but now are meeting to discuss the allegations made by Danny and Emily who allege that Joel and Bek’s ten-year-old son sexually assaulted their four-year-old daughter. Danny and Emily assume that Joel and Bek will want to talk through the issue as friends but they are mistaken and soon anger and blackmail comes to the surface.

Bentham’s screenplay for Disclosure is nothing short of amazing. What will happen from scene to scene is impossible to predict while he also manages to introduce a shade of grey to each character. A great example of this is the character of Joel. Yes when it comes to his work he is ambitious but as is mentioned in the film, he is also someone that normally fights for the rights of people like refugees. Yet, here when his son has potentially causes a lot of emotional damage to another child he wants to shut up shop and get defensive.

The story here winds itself around corners and seems to expose secret after secret that never stand in the way of the main plot – instead they add more suspense and intrigue to a film that is smart enough to never put all of its cards on the table until it really needs to. The film deserves even more credit for the way it delves deep into topics such as how much pornography and sexuality our children are exposed to in modern society and the impact that it has on them emotionally, it is deep but the film never feels like it is preaching.

While on paper it might sound like the two couples are split into the ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ But that certainly isn’t the way it feels when you are watching the film. As an audience member you find yourself questioning what really happened with the event in question and there are times you are genuinely surprised at how each character reacts at certain times. By the end you certainly know what happened and the fiery conclusion between the characters certainly leaves the audience content.

I could sit here and say for hours how this film reveals one of the best Australian filmmakers we have seen in years with Bentham, but it would also be a crime not to mention the sensational cast that bring this film to life. Ever since I saw Mark Leonard Winter in films like Further We Search and Van Diemen’s Land I knew that he was an actor with a brilliant range, but here I also see the strength of his ability matched by Wren, Ridgway and Hakewill all of whom I hope I see in many films to come. As an ensemble this is the perfect cast… they are truly sensational.

With the beautiful Dandenong Ranges as its setting and its dark tone this is a film with a hard edge that will not easily been forgotten. It was predicted that 2021 would be the year of Australian cinema but The Dry better watch it because Disclosure can easily match it as one of the films of the year.

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Summary:  A bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men becomes the target of a vengeful drug lord.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 1st April 2021 (Australia), 12th April 2021 (Thailand), 11th June 2021 (UK), 26th March 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Ilya Naishuller

Screenwriter: Derek Kolstad

Cast: Paisley Cadorath (Abby Mansell), Darya Charusha (Beta), Neil Davison (Albert), Paul Essiembre (Jim the Neighbour), Humberley Gonzalez (Lupita Martin), Michael Ironside (Eddie Williams), Christopher Lloyd (David Mansell), Billy MacLellan (Charlie Williams), J.P. Manoux (Pentagon Darren), Adrian McLean (Joey), Araya Mengesha (Pavel), Edson Morales (Luis Martin), Gage Munroe (Blake Mansell), Ilya Naishuller (Hitman Anatoly), Connie Nielsen (Becca Mansell), Bob Odenkirk (Hutch Mansell), Aleksandr Pal (Teddy Kuzenetsov), Joanne Rodriguez (Bus Driver Donna), RZA (Harry Mansell), Colin Salmon (The Barber), Aleksy Serebryakov (Yulian Kuznetsov), Sergei Shnurov (Hitman Valentin), Thomas Soares (Alan Breiseth)

Running Time: 92 mins

Classification: MA15 (Australia), TBC (Thailand), R (USA), TBC (UK)

Bob Odenkirk as Hutch Mansell in Nobody, directed by Ilya Naishuller.

OUR NOBODY REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Nobody Review:

Gone are the days when a film can get away with senseless violence without there being some kind of ‘art’ to it. I don’t say that because of cancel culture or anything to do with morals or something like that. I say that because of what audiences expect from films these days. I can remember a time when audiences would happily sit through, and enjoy, films that were pretty much just an action hero blowing away bad guys for 90 minutes – story was optional.

But due to television shows like The Walking Dead and a range of young filmmakers who found a way to mix art with action audiences expect something special from action flicks these days. Of course the franchises that are held in the highest regard are The Raid and John Wick and now those two have another brother-in-arms – Nobody.

Of course for those of us who like creative action films we had a little bit of an inkling that Nobody could be something special. Throw in a producer from John Wick and the director responsible for the incredibly under-rated Hardcore Henry and you had the right kind of cocktail to be creative and explosive.

The ‘nobody’ that the film centres around is Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul). Mansell lives a nothing life, he is pushed around  by his father-in-law and brother-in-law at work, he is bored with his job and it is easy to see that his wife (Connie Nielsen – Wonder Woman) and son (Gage Munroe – Brotherhood) have no respect for him at all. In their eyes he is simply a ‘loser.’

In fact the only person that seems to look up to him is his daughter (newcomer Paisley Cadorath) and even her respect level seems to drop after the family endures a violent home invasion and Hutch does nothing to protect them.

That seems to tip him over the edge though and as a secret side of Hutch is once again woken up he finds himself going after those that disrespected his family but in doing so sparks the anger of Russian mobster Yulian Kuznetsov (Aleksey Serebryakov – Leviathan) who wants bloody revenge of his own, and nothing will stand his way.

Just like with Hardcore Henry what makes director Ilya Naishuller’s work stand out here is just how creative he is when it comes to action and violence. Just like Gareth Evans did with the sensational The Raid Naishuller turns every action sequence and fight scene here like it is a piece of clay that needs to be moulded into a work of art. Like Evans’ bathroom stall scene Naishuller’s bus fight sequence here is something special – something that will be savoured by action fans right around the world and talked about for years to come.

Having said that though there are times though when it feels like screenwriter Derek Kolstad (John Wick) was trying to parody the franchise that he helped create rather than emulate it. Some of the lines here are just a little too cheesy to be accidental, especially the ‘give me the  damn kitty cat bracelet’ scene and even the sequences around David (Christopher Lloyd – Back To The Future), while cool, feels like it was written tongue-in-cheek.

Having said that though Lloyd is fantastic here and seems to embrace the opportunity to handle big guns while shooting bad guys to smithereens – a role we have rarely seen him play during his career. Likewise the tough guy character is very different to what we have seen Odenkirk play in the past but he does it delightfully well and announces himself as a modern day unexpected action hero alongside the likes of Keanu Reeves and  Robert Downey Jnr.

Nobody is a world of fun to watch and the impressive fight scenes are more than enough to over-shadow the weak storyline. Just be warned though if you did get squeamish during John Wick then you might want to give this one a miss but Nobody cranks up the blood and gore to a whole new level. Yes, this is a film for those that like their action with blood splatter.

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Summary:  Sometimes the past comes back to bite you. Two rival mob families are transferred from the Witness Protection Agency by mistake to same city, Temecula, CA.

Year: 2021

Cinema Release Dates: 30th March 2021 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Andy Palmer

Screenwriter: Carlos Alazraqui, Jill-Michele Melean

Cast: Carlos Alazraqui (Mr. Serrelli), Gregory R. Armstrong (Dante), Robert Belushi (Carlo), Ryan Bottiglier (Pauly), Paula Cale (Mrs. Miola), Michael G. Canaan (Joey), Erik Chavarria (Ramon), Monique Coleman (Rose), Vince Donvito (Vince), Bret Ernst (Dominic), Anne Girard (Rhonda Perris), Erinn Hayes (Patricia), Maurice LaMarche (Mr Miola), Jill-Michele Melean (Gina), Scott Parkin (Brett Jenkins), Robert Peters (Mr. Jordesman), Joseph D. Reitman (Mario), Roger Rignack (Father Mike), Henrik Rutgerson (Clarence), Zack Scheerer (Mickey), Tara Strong (Filomena), Sandra Valls (Mrs. Morelli), Greg Anthony Williams (Anthony), Holly Wortell (Mrs. Jordesman)

Running Time: 81 mins

Classification: TBC

OUR WITNESS INFECTION REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Witness Infection Review:

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Saints & Savages has revealed that Red Rage, the explosive British thriller will be released in the UK on 12th April on DVD & Digital Download platforms. Red Rage recently won Best Feature at the Europe Film Festival 2021.

 The film stars a host of British talent including Adam Deacon (Anuvahood), Vas Blackwood (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Ian Reddinton (Highlander) and Steven Berkoff (Octopussy). 

This will be the second Saints & Savages title with Savvas D. Michael behind the camera, with Original Gangster and Righteous Villains also confirmed for UK release on 5th and 19th April respectively.  The film also reunites a number of the cast with Savvas D. Michael, with Berkoff also starring in Righteous Villains, Blackwood and Reddington in Original Gangster and Deacon in both.

The gritty thriller will also introduce Fernanda Diniz in her first lead role alongside Jack Turner. 

A murderous vigilante couple tear through the city, serving vengeance to dealers of a new designer drug called Red Devil in this nightmarish dystopia where everyone seems high on something.

Commenting on the release, Saints and Savages’ CEO, John Pavlakos was delighted with the announcement. He said “It’s fantastic that we’re able to release Red Rage in the UK. Diniz and Turner are great in the lead roles and there is fantastic British talent supporting them in the likes of Adam Deacon, Vas Blackwood, Ian Reddington and the iconic Steven Berkoff. This one’s a wild trip!

Red Rage will be available on DVD & Digital Download from 12th April and can be pre-ordered here

Well blockbusters are certainly back in the cinemas. For the last week it has felt that there are no other films in the cinema as the two titans Godzilla and Kong have dominated cinema box office takings as they face off in Godzilla vs Kong.

Of course those two giants need some human support throughout the film and one of those ‘supporters’ is actress Rebecca Hall who plays Kong’s carer, Dr Ilene Andrews, in the film. There are some who maybe asking why an actress known for doing arthouse films like Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Shakespearian theatre productions would want to be involved with an action blockbuster like Godzilla vs Kong but Hall says there were no hesitations for her to work on the project.

“There were a couple of things that really pulled me towards it,” says Hall reflecting on her decision to join the cast. “I found it really interesting that in a lot of the King Kong films there is kind of this dynamic where he falls in love with a beautiful lady and he wants to save her, and then that is the general thrust of the film. Often it is a blonde beautiful lady but I found with this one it was really interesting because the person that Kong has the most intimate relationship with is a child.”

The other element that really intrigued Hall was the fact that Kong’s closest confidant was in fact deaf. “When I found out that they had someone who was legally deaf (actress Kaylee Hottle) playing the part I thought that was really interesting… and valid. Then I realised that the character that they wanted me to play was the Jane Goodell kind of character for King Kong and I thought that was pretty interesting. This was the kind of alliteration of this film where there was something different… and I liked that about it.”

Of course the question on everybody’s lips is what causes Kong and Godzilla to come to blows and Hall laughs when she is asked that question. “Well it comes to a head when on they are on the way to Hollow Earth,” says Hall laughing even more at how absurd her sentence sounds when spoken.

“Godzilla is on the loose and there is a sort of theory held by myself, Ilene Andrews, that the titans will found each out and there is a long-held, ancient rivalry between these two figures,” she said as she composes herself. “And she believes that if you put them in the same vicinity that they will probably find each other and it will probably go a little bit pear-shaped… and she is right.”

Of course one thing that many people seem to have forgotten about this film is that it is very much part of the Universal Monster universe that the studio is hoping will continue to entertain audiences for years to come, but that is something that Hall is very aware of.

“These are two of the classic monsters that have popped up on our screen for years and years,” he explains with excitement clear in her voice. “They go head-to-head. The film is about them, I am not the focus. There is excitement around what will happen between them, there is an excitement to see that. But on top of all that and what is special about this one is that there is a really good story. There are some really fun interesting characters… this is not your standard archetypal heroes and villains. It is all very unexpected and fun and there is quite a bit of humor in it.”

Godzilla vs Kong is currently screening in Phuket. It is classified ‘G’.