Steve Cook recounts the three-fold story of La Parka, one of wrestling’s most beloved personas.
The story of La Parka is a story of three people. One man came up with the character. Another man made it a living, breathing force of nature. Yet another man inherited the character and kept it strong for over two decades.
Antonio Pena: The Creator
Antonio Pena was one of the true geniuses of professional wrestling. Part of a wrestling family, Antonio followed his father & uncle into the ring & worked under a number of creative gimmicks he came up with himself. Pena was full of ideas for characters & storylines and was always helpful backstage. When he retired from the ring, EMLL (the name change to CMLL happened during Pena’s tenure there) hired him to work in their office. He assisted with promoting & booking, and helped lead the company past the UWA in the promotional war of the 1980s.
Ironically enough, he would lead CMLL’s opposition in the promotional war of the 1990s & beyond. Pena’s radical ideas, which involved pushing younger, faster & lighter wrestlers on top, didn’t sit well with the rest of the promotion’s front office that liked things the way they were. They quit listening to him. Pena made a deal with the Televisa network to fund a new wrestling promotion that would provide weekly content, and AAA was born.
Pena took most of CMLL’s top young stars with him to AAA, leaving CMLL with a middle-aged roster bereft of starpower. He was a great scout of talent, which meant he wound up with a pretty good track record of putting the right guys in the right place at the right time in the right persona. One of the prime examples of this was the creation of La Parka.
Adolfo Tapia: The Original
Tapia was a young luchador in Monclova during the 1980s, working his way up through the ranks & showing potential while working in multiple personas. Pena noticed Tapia’s work and signed him to AAA soon after founding the promotion. Pena thought Tapia would be perfect for a character he was developing based off Mexico’s affinity for the Day of the Dead. “La Parca” is Spanish for “The Reaper”. Pena had Tapia wear a full bodysuit & a mask resembling a skeleton, and encouraged him to do what he did best.
As WWF discovered with The Undertaker character, AAA found out that wrestling & death go well together. La Parka started off as a rudo, but his charisma, ability & actions in the ring immediately made him popular with the fans. Parka became one of AAA’s biggest attractions during their hottest period, a period when they were doing huge business in Mexico & doing better business in Los Angeles than any American promotion was.
Parka became a fixture in AAA’s light heavyweight title picture, trading reigns with the likes of Lizmark & Jerry Estrada. This would continue until Parka & other AAA talent followed Konnan to WCW, which was all well and good with AAA until Konnan & Pena had a falling out. Konnan formed his own Mexican-based promotion, Promo Azteca. Parka would follow Konnan there as well, but spent most of his time over the next few years in the US working for WCW.
The loss of La Parka & other talents was a huge blow to AAA. Pena made a decision to try & counteract these losses that would be controversial and had an impact on lucha libre for years to come.
Jesus Alfonso Escoboza Huerta: The Second
Pena’s reasoning made sense from a business perspective. He created the “La Parka” character. As tremendous as Tapia was in his performance, why shouldn’t AAA be able to continue to profit off of Pena’s creation? Pena owned the rights to use the name “La Parka” in Mexico, and Tapia was mostly working in America for WCW, so it seemed logical to debut a new La Parka to satiate the AAA fans’ desire for some dancing skeleton goodness.
He chose a man who had spent two years in AAA under the name “Karis la Momia”. Yep, he was a wrestling mummy. It got over pretty well though, the guy even beat Blue Demon Jr. to win the Mexican National Cruiserweight Championship and won a mask match in the main event of TripleMania IV-C. Pena saw potential in Escoboza, and even though Karis la Momia had to drop his title, he was on his way to the role that would make his career.
La Parka Jr. debuted in early 1997 and was immediately positioned as one of AAA’s top tecnicos. He was part of a group of AAA loyalists that feuded with whoever the top rudos happened to be at the moment. Parka Jr. won the Cruiserweight Championship and in 2001 solidified his status as a main eventer by winning the Rey de Reyes tournament, a feat he would end up accomplishing five times, more than any other luchador. He won TripleMania mask matches against Cibernetico & Muerte Cibernetica, the latter of who would go on to be known as Mesias & Mil Muertes.
For a while, La Parka & La Parka Jr. co-existed. Then Tapia went to CMLL in 2003, and all heck broke loose. Pena filed a lawsuit against Tapia that forbade him from using the La Parka name or wearing the trademark white skeleton suit. Tapia changed his name to L.A. Park, which was intended to reflect his status as “La Autentica (The Original)”. La Parka Jr.’s Jr. was phased out of the name and he was referred to in AAA as simply La Parka. People keeping track of these things began to refer to him as La Parka AAA or La Parka II to try & keep things straightened out.
La Parka was not the only AAA-created persona to have multiple people in the role. The original Psicosis also ran into issues when he returned to Mexico & Pena wouldn’t let him use the name. There have been at least three wrestlers to use the Psicosis gimmick that I know of. After the man known to American fans as Super Crazy left AAA, Pena gave another wrestler the “Histeria” gimmick. There are too many other examples to list here. Two more recent ones were debuted on AAA TV by Parka himself, as he introduced Myzteziz Jr. & another Octagon Jr. to the fans in 2019.
It’s a concept alien to modern American audiences. Whenever a current performer does the slightest thing that reminds us of one of our old favorites, we rebel against the notion. Hell, Kevin Owens can’t even use the Stunner as a finisher without people getting mad.
It took time for Parka to fill that bodysuit. Eventually, AAA fans accepted him. While countless names came & went through the years, Parka stayed. He was a constant presence, and kids that grew up watching AAA over the past two decades recognize him more than they do the original. It’s a crazy thing for those of us that watched WCW and enjoyed the Chairman’s antics to comprehend.
The Parkas Meet
The two Parkas would meet when L.A. Park returned to AAA in 2010. Park’s return to AAA was something that Mexican wrestling fans thought they would never see due to the bad blood after Park left the first time. We all know that you never say never in pro wrestling, and Park defeated Parka at TripleMania XVIII. The two even ended up teaming at an AAA TV taping, which seems like something that should have happened more often. After all, the only thing better than one dancing skeleton is two dancing skeletons.
Unfortunately, their creator did not live to see this happen. Pena passed away in 2006, leaving a void that has taken some time to fill. For years, AAA suffered from the same problems that CMLL went through when Pena was fighting for the younger talent as an assistant booker. Even today, AAA’s top draws are men like Dr. Wagner Jr. & Blue Demon Jr., men that are past the age where they should be relied on to provide quality main event matches.
Both Parkas are the same age, and that age is well past the point of a typical wrestling main eventer. They were both in the main event of La Parka’s last match, which took place at an event in Arena Coliseo Monterrey on October 20. Rush, Monster Clown, L.A. Park & La Parka faced off in a four-way match. Parka decided to do a tope onto Rush, and clipped the middle rope with his thigh, which led to a bad ending. You can find the video if you’d like to see it.
Parka hung on for a couple of months afterwards, but the injuries & complications brought about by them were too much to overcome.
— Lucha Libre AAA (@luchalibreaaa) January 12, 2020
⚫ DESCANSE EN PAZ LA PARKA ⚫
El CMLL se une a la pena que embarga a la familia luchistica por el sensible fallecimiento del luchador La Parka, quien tuvo una destacada trayectoria en la historia de este deporte.
Descanse en paz. pic.twitter.com/qK925xXFhI
— Lucha Libre CMLL (@CMLL_OFICIAL) January 12, 2020
Jesus Alfonso Escoboza Huerta passed away at the age of 54. His lone appearance for an American-based promotion happened when Impact Wrestling ran a TV taping in 2018 in Mexico. He wasn’t the Chairman of WCW. He was the Face of AAA.
His legacy will live on. He has a son that’s starting out in the wrestling business and was one of the reasons he was still hanging on – he wanted to help break his son in. I fully expect to see Parka’s son (or somebody else) don the La Parka costume for AAA in the near future. It probably sounds weird and off-putting to a lot of you. But in lucha libre, it would be business as usual. The show goes on. Most of lucha’s most famous wrestlers had famous fathers, and they tend to do similar stuff. It pleases the audience.
At the end of the day, that’s what pro wrestling is all about. Did you please your audience? Everybody involved in the La Parka character, whether they created it, put it on the map or kept it there, can answer in the affirmative.
Greg DeMarco’s WWE WrestleMania Sunday Stream Of Consciousness
It’s WrestleMania Sunday and Greg DeMarco is back to see if WWE can follow-up a great Night One!
It’s WrestleMania Sunday and Greg DeMarco is back to see if WWE can follow-up a great Night One!
WWE WrestleMania is the Showcase Of Immortals, and it’s also when the WWE gets to showcase itself. After a tremendous Saturday, WrestleMania Sunday has a tough work to follow. Can it follow? Read on to see what Greg DeMarco thought in real time!
Randy Orton vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt w/Alexa Bliss
- Honestly, this is a great choice to open. It might run long, and they can adjust where needed.
- Nice to see the video ring posts and ring aprons back. I understand why we didn’t have them last night (cage match), but this also help separate both nights.
- No more burnt #PizzaTheHut, who ruins my Bold Prediction on The #Miranda Show.
- Dude, Alexa Bliss AND The Fiend are insanely O.V.E.R. Randy is, too.
- A bit odd seeing The Fiend acknowledge the crowd.
- Goddammit Alexa Bliss is amazing at this character. It’s even better in front of fans
- “The Fiend has been restored!”
- Amazing entrance sequence overall.
- Bray Wyatt (the guy) keeps getting himself into better shape. Glad to see I’m not the only one who didn’t waste the quarantine.
Box like structure….you mean the box? #WresltleMania
— Christopher Platt (@therealcplatt) April 12, 2021
Glad to see Randy Orton keeping the "White Gear #WrestleMania" trend alive for 2021.
— Greg DeMarco (@ChairshotGreg) April 12, 2021
- In a rather odd ending, Alexa Bliss distracted The Fiend with fire and weird shit dripping from her head, allowing Orton to hit the RKO for the win. Obviously this is heading somewhere. Finn Balor?
Winner: Randy Orton
- So that started out WHITE HOT and ended on a rather odd note. We’ll see where this goes in the future. I like the idea that Alexa is pulling some strings…but why tho?
- “My fellow co-hosts,” and she’s a huge fan of his podcast! Love it.
- Bayley is doing her best Billie Kay impersonation, and it’s working.
- Hogan looks like a mascot for McDonald’s.
- Titus being upset that he can’t hang out with Hogan is just wrong.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Natalya & Tamina vs. Champions Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax
- I am actually surprised we didn’t get more Saturday ➡ Sunday carryover.
- Sad that Shayna Baszler is the second fiddle in this tag team, at least from the entrances. She’s such a bad ass, but she only has so many years left.
- Natalya with the ol’ babyface “C’mon you guys!” yell. That’s what you do when you’re not over.
I don't think anyone told Nia that Peacock edits shit out.
And other words, too.
— Greg DeMarco (@ChairshotGreg) April 12, 2021
- At least the right team won. Hopefully we find better champs so Shayna Baszler can dispatch of Jax and move on to somethign better.
Winners and STILL WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions: Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
- A feud that has been going since 2009 gets the WrestleMania stage for the first (and probably not last) time. But Sami Zayn is doing his best work sans mask in pretty much ever.
- Sami Zayn seems overcome with happiness about working in front of a stadium crowd, and heaving them sing his theme. I bet we see babyface hero Sami at some point in 2021.
- Honestly we don’t need Logan Paul for this one, but his reach is undeniable.
- But Logan’s gonna pull a Mike Tyson and cost Sami in the end.
- “Expertly trained conspiracy theory expert” and “modern day Copernicus” are some of my favorite lines of the night so far.
- Rare referee naming by Michael Cole, calling Jessika Carr by name.
— Greg DeMarco (@ChairshotGreg) April 12, 2021
- Jessika Carr is back to being “the official,” btw.
- Second time tonight a ref has had to pull their count before someone kicked out. Timing off, I am thinking it’s due to being in a stadium with fans for the first time in 1 year, 1 month, and 2 days.
- Nice recover on the Blue Thunder Bomb reference… when Zayn actually hit the move.
- “You could hear that echo through Raymond James Stadium” … that’s because it’s two-thirds empty.
- KO wins with the “You Did This” Stunner, and Logan Paul was worthless (so far).
Winner: Kevin Owens
- Thoroughly enjoyed that one, and I have a feeling that’s not their last WrestleMania showdown.
- Sami turns on Logan Paul and gets pushed over.
- Kevin Owens hits the Stone Cold Steve Austin feel good Stunner on the guest, as expected.
United States Championship Match: Sheamus vs. Champion Matt Riddle
I legit want Sheamus to destroy Riddle. Really, really can't stand the guy.
— Patrick O'Dowd (@WrestlngRealist) April 12, 2021
- Hard hitting match to start, crowd is out of it a little. Not surprised after Owens-Zayn.
- Top Rope Overhead Belly To Belly Suplex! That woke up the crowd, and they seem to be sticking with it now.
- Brogue Knee might be more effective than Brogue Kick.
- There were some botches in the match that definitely hurt it, but the finishing Brogue Kick was impressive, and “the right guy won.”
Winner and NEW United States Champion: Sheamus
Nigerian Drum Battle for the Intercontinental Championship: Champion Big E vs. Apollo Crews
- This is basically a No DQ Match that happens to have Apollo Crews in it, but I like that they named the stipulation after him. It’s a nice touch.
- PLUNDER! That adds to this match as well.
- I was literally just watching and not typing lol.
- Babatunde finally has a role, and Apollo has his championship win. Once again, the right person wins.
Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Apollo Crews
Raw Women’s Championship Match: Rhea Ripley vs. Champion Asuka
- After losing at WrestleMania 36 (in the best match of the entire event), Rhea Ripley kinda needs to win here.
- Sometimes I really enjoy a live entrance theme. This is not one of those times. This rendition of Ripley’s Brutality theme sucked.
- Asuka should be the baddest woman on the planet, but instead she…dances. Don’t blame her level of success on WWE booking, it’s how she plays her character.
- You know, it’s weird. When the bell rang, Rhea Ripley seemed to lose steam.
- I think that early kick really rocked her.
- Rhea Ripley hits the Riptide, but I bet she’d love to have that one back. Right person, yet again, wins.
Winner and NEW Raw Women’s Champion: Rhea Ripley
- I really think that early kick in the corner rocked Rhea, and it hurt the match a bit. Rhea pulls it out in the end.
Universal Championship: Daniel Bryan vs. Edge vs. Champion Roman Reigns (w/Paul Heyman)
- Very surprised by the lack of a reaction for Roman Reigns. His entire turn took place with no fans, this is truly the first time he has fans for it.
- Edge wearing the white WrestleMania gear, it’s basically him and Randy Orton.
- Jey Uso immediately attacks Daniel Bryan… and it’s BRILLIANT.
- Jey was the MVP of the early portion of the match, before being taken out.
- WAY too much commentary talk about Roman losing his title without being pinned.
- For the record, I picked Daniel Bryan to win, beating Edge.
- We’ve settled into the typical triple threat match formula, and here’s the thing: IT’S WORKING.
- Roman Reigns is honestly selling his ass off for Daniel Bryan.
- So much happened in this match–so much. Hell of a way to close out one hell of a WrestleMania.
— WWE (@WWE) April 12, 2021
Winner and STILL Universal Champion: Roman Reigns
- I know I picked Daniel Bryan–and I got it wrong–but this feels like the right call seeing it live. Everyone had their spots, Edge had some moments where it would seem like he was going to win, but Roman Reigns supreme.
- Big E is freed up to feud with Roman, and Daniel Bryan and Edge can feud all summer. I think we are in for a fun ride through October’s WWE Draft over on Smackdown.
It’s too soon to call, I need to re-watch it. But this feels like an all-time great WrestleMania. So many things clicked, so many things seemed to go right. This was 7 hours of wrestling action, but it was spread over two nights. I hope this format is here to stay. Kudos to all involved, especially the crowd. Welcome back!
BWN Nerds’ Movie Review: Godzilla vs Kong (2021)
Big boy monster throw down of the year! The Nerds return with a current movie review, and this one should be interesting. Is Dave too forgiving? Is Patrick taking his role as the German judge too seriously? Find out where the overall ratings lands between these two!
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Nerd Review! Every week the Nerds give you their take on a different movie from the Nerdosphere. This week Dave and Patrick review the fourth installment of kaiju cinematic universe Godzilla vs. Kong!
The Flick: Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
What’s it About: A researcher believes a hollow world beneath the Earth’s surface is the birthplace of the mighty Kaiju. He convinces and old friend to help him take the mighty Kong to find his birthplace even if it means incurring the wrath of the King of Kaiju Godzilla. The battle between the two alpha Kaiju could result in the end of all mankind.
Metacritic Score: 59
The Nerds’ Take on Godzilla vs Kong (2021):
Dave It is time for the Main Event of Legendary’s MosterVerse, the showdown we have been waiting for: Godzilla v. Kong. If you have been following along with our Nerd Reviews, then you knew this was coming. What you don’t know is whether we feel the climax to the series is worth your time or not. Well allow me to give you my take on that topic.
Plot wise, it has been some five years since Godzilla defeated Ghidorah and things have been relatively quiet and peaceful. Meanwhile, on Skull Island, Monarch has created a dome like structure to observe and try and control Kong. Kong has developed a relationship with a little girl, Jia, who seems to be the last surviving member of her clan. Jia has, for lack of a better term, been adopted by Dr. Ilene Andrews. Jia is deaf and she seems able to communicate with Kong through sign language.
Halfway across the globe, Apex Cybernetics is engaged in some sort of experimentation that attracts the attention of Godzilla, who shows up and annihilates their facility in Florida. Godzilla’s attack shatters humanity’s notion that he is their friend. Bernie Hayes is an employee of Apex, but he also hosts a Podcast focusing on conspiracy theories involving the Titans. He is soon joined by Madison Russell (from Godzilla: King of the Monsters) who is a fan of the Podcast, and her friend Josh as they start poking around the remains of the Apex site in Florida. We soon discover that Apex is looking for a massive power source that they believe is located in Hollow Earth. Hollow Earth is really more of an Earth within the Earth (Middle Earth, perhaps?) and the quandary is how to survive the trip to Hollow Earth. Nathan Lind is a Hollow Earth expert whose brother perished in a prior expedition to Hollow Earth due to a reverse gravitational effect. But Apex has developed vehicles that can survive the voyage. They just need Kong to lead them there.
In the process of transporting Kong to Antarctica, which has an entry point to Hollow Earth, Godzilla senses his old rival and attacks. Godzilla definitely gets the better of this battle, forcing the expeditionary force to transport Kong by air to Antarctica to avoid detection by Godzilla. Kong gets the group to Hollow Earth and it becomes clear there has been an ancient rivalry between Kong’s ancestors and Godzilla’s. Kong discovers an axe made out of portions of Godzilla’s ancestor’s skins. Back on the surface, Bernie, Madison, and Josh have been whisked away to Hong Kong and they discover what Apex is really up to….Mechagodzilla. Mechagodzilla can be telepathically controlled and it is Dr. Serizawa’s son who is pulling the strings, using the severed head of Ghidorah to do so. The problem is that to utilize Mechagodzilla to its full potential, they require more power, much more power to be exact. This is where the search for the Hollow Earth power source comes into play.
Mechagodzilla is activated and this attracts Godzilla. Godzilla also senses what Kong is doing in Hollow Earth and he sends a blast of atomic breath from Hong Kong to, in essence, the center of the Earth. Kong and the Hollow Earth expeditionary force follow the hole made by Godzilla to the surface. Everyone emerges in Hong Kong for a massive fight between Kong and Godzilla. Kong fares better this time around but is ultimately rendered near death by Godzilla. At about this time, Mechagodzilla is imbued with the power source from Hollow Earth and he also achieves sentience. This leads to the big brawl between Godzilla and Mechagodzilla and it is a mismatch in favor of Mechagodzilla…. until Kong is revived, evening the odds in an enormously predictable moment. Godzilla supercharges Kong’s ax with his atomic breath and the two Titans take down Mechagodzilla. Godzilla and Kong show each other a sign of respect and go their separate ways. Apparently, there can be two alpha Titans after all.
Let’s talk about the good stuff first: the monster fights. They are all fantastic. The battles between Kong and Godzilla feel as big as you would expect. They are titanic clashes in every sense of the word. Godzilla fans will have bragging rights after watching this movie because it is clear that Godzilla whups Kong’s ass on more than one occasion. Kong fans save face though by noting that without Kong, Mechagodzilla would surely have triumphed. As for Mechagodzilla, his appearance in the movie was not a secret and he did not disappoint. The clash between Godzilla and Mechagodzilla was done very well to show just how much more powerful Mechagodzilla was and why it took the combined might of Godzilla and Kong to turn the tide. If massive Kaiju action is your thing, then Godzilla vs Kong is definitely your movie.
Now for the bad: The people. Now, I know what Patrick is going to say. That the movie shifts the focus to the people too much and detracts attention from the monsters. I know he thinks the concept of humans using a defibrillator on Kong is absurd. I am OK with those points in a movie like this. The problem I have with the people is this: They don’t matter. Not at all! They are white noise in the purest sense of the word. 90% of the characters are wholly uninteresting and meaningless. They add little to the plot and just get in the way. So, to be real, Patrick and I are, to a certain extent, talking about different sides of the same coin. The exceptions to this involve Jia, who is quite important to the whole notion of establishing Kong as the “good guy”, and Bernie, who is a fun character and kind of represents a microcosm of conspiracy theorists that are quite common in the real world today. Bernie epitomizes the notion that just because you are paranoid, doesn’t mean they aren’t watching you. But, beyond those two, the characters are quite dull and just felt very pointless.
As far as this being the series finale, I greatly enjoyed the movie. The dynamic between Kong and Godzilla is interesting and keeps you engaged, regardless of whether you are rooting for one, the other, or both. There are some interesting concepts in the movie, specifically how Hollow Earth is different than you might expect and much more interesting, no matter how far-fetched the idea might be. Interestingly, this movie really showcases just how bad ass Godzilla is. I am not sure why it took three movies to get it right, but I digress. Then there is Kong, who ends up being a multi-layered creature that is shown even more heroically than he was in Kong: Skull Island. As for me, I always favored Kong over Godzilla and I left the movie feeling fine with the outcome of everything. If there is a downside it’s that it appears the MonsterVerse has come to an end, just when it was getting really good. That’s too bad. As for Godzilla vs Kong, the awesome action sequences and special effects vastly outweigh the issues involving the people. This is a very good final installment (we think) in this franchise. It is the best of the movies involving Godzilla. I still liked Kong: Skull Island more, but this was a close second.
Dave’s Rating: 4/5
Patrick: Here we are again covering the fourth film in the Warner Brothers/Legendary produced Kaiju Monster universe. And once again this film somehow finds a way to mess up a simple concept. If you recall, in my review of Godzilla King of the Monsters I said good kaiju movies minimize the involvement of human beings in the film and let the monsters take center stage. Unfortunately, the folks at Warner Brothers still have not quite grasped the concept here in its fourth Kaiju film. The result is an uneven film that shines when the monsters are on screen and leaves me tuning out when the focus shifts to the little primates.
In this fourth installment, we learn that Monster research organization Monarch I closely monitoring Kong. Going so far as to create an enclosure around Skull Island so that he is safe from Godzilla. This of course will not last because, well, humans. One human in particular, a man named Nathan Lind comes with the backing of a mysterious tech corporation called Apex to search for “Hollow Earth.” Hollow Earth is a world beneath the surface of our Earth that is believed to be the birthplace of all Kaiju. Lind visits his friend and Monarch researcher Ilene on Skull Island. Lind believes Kong is the key to finding this hidden world. Despite knowing, Godzilla will attempt to kill Kong, Ilene agrees to embark on the expedition. Of course, Godzilla attacks and we get the first of three rounds of monster battling that we paid for.
Unfortunately, to get to round two and three, the audience has to sit through overwrought dialogue and subplots all in an attempt to help the audience connect to the experience. It’s all really boring. You know why? PEOPLE DON’T WATCH KAIJU MOVIES FOR THE HUMANS. But, I digress. Naturally the tech corporation Apex is not on the up and up with Lind. Color me stunned, but Apex turns out to be the real enemy to both Kong and Godzilla. I haven’t even covered the conspiracy theory guy and his gang of teenagers trying to expose Apex from the inside. Again, no one cares because, read it aloud…NOBODY WATCHES KAIJU MOVIES FOR THE HUMANS.
But this isn’t the end of the dumb. The audience is treated to an ancient history between Kong’s ancestor and the other Kaiju where we see Kong find the ancient axe of his ancestors. Because a monkey wielding an axe is cool looking. Did I mention Kong can charge the thing up with Godzilla’s radioactive breath? AWESOME? How about the humans using a high tech battery as defibrillator to revive a dying Kong? Just dumb on top of dumb followed by more dumb. And humans. All of the humans.
The cast for Godzilla vs. Kong is quite the list of names. Alexander Skarsgard essentially fills the role of human protagonist Nathan Lind. Honestly, he is the only human character given anything to work with. Kyle Chandler is back in his role as researcher Mark Russell, but if you blink you miss him. Millie Bobby Brown is also back as Madison Russell, but horribly wasted in a sidekick sort of role to the previously mentioned conspiracy theorist. She is limited to trying to discover why Godzilla has started attacking human cities. Someone of her talent could have and should have been used better. There are tons of other folks in this movie, and yet I struggle to understand why we needed them all. All they do is distract from what the audience wants to see which is GODZILLA and KONG FIGHT.
Ok. So what’s good about this film? Well, the Kaiju. The special effects team outdid themselves crafting these battles. Kong and Godzilla’s bouts all feel epic. I was also impressed with how much more well lit some of the night scenes were. As Kong and Godzilla battle at night in a Chinese city, everything is well lit without appearing phony. The choreography of the battles are terrific, albeit a little silly at times. Again, radioactive monkey axe. But the joy of Godzilla vs Kong is in these epic clashes. I watched the movie on HBO Max, I can only imagine how amazing it would have appeared on an IMAX movie screen with Dolby sound shaking my eardrums.
I came into Godzilla vs. Kong with pretty low expectations. I want to stress that I loved, loved, loved the action sequences involving the Kaiju. Unfortunately, you have to sit through an inordinate amount of human exposition to get to those epic moments. That’s not to say the humans and their stories need to be gone entirely. The audience does need a guide and some context. But Godzilla v. Kong would have been so much stronger with a pared down human side of things and a focus on the monsters. It seems Warner Brothers and Legendary pictures still haven’t learned the key to Kaiju: it’ all about the monsters.
Patrick’s Rating: 2.24/5.0
Overall Nerds’ Rating on Godzilla vs Kong (2021): 3.12/5.0
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BWN Nerds’ Movie Review: Godzilla vs Kong (2021)
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NXT Minus 6: Stand and Deliver…After
Brad breaks down the NXT Takeovers and his favorite matches! Do you agree?
Turnbuckle Talk #213: WWE, Do Better
Mighty Joe and Karl look at the WWE Hall Of Fame celebrity inductee, WrestleMania 27 predictions, and the importance of...
AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night One Results & Review 4/10/21
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Greg DeMarco’s WWE WrestleMania Saturday Stream Of Consciousness
It's WrestleMania Saturday, and Greg DeMarco is here to see what WWE can deliver to us all!
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