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Godzilla x Kong gets rave first reactions ahead of cinema release

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is this week's big release in cinemas, and we now have the first reactions to the new blockbuster.

The latest movie in the MonsterVerse series sees Godzilla and King Kong reluctantly team up to take down an ancient threat that has been let loose in the Hollow Earth, which could threaten the future of humanity.

Ahead of its release in cinemas this Friday (March 29), those lucky few to have already seen Godzilla x Kong have taken to Twitter to share their first reactions to the new movie.

"Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is the most enjoyable MonsterVerse movie yet, the one where it feels everybody understood the assignment. Story is a bit thin, but the titan smashing more than makes up for it," wrote Digital Spy's movies editor Ian Sandwell.

godzilla and kong teaming up ready for battle in godzilla x kong the new empire
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It seems the latest instalment in Legendary's MonsterVerse has left critics eager for another as many praised the action-packed film.

The movie was described as "an atomic blast" by Film Speak's Griffin Schiller. "A fantastically weird, psychedelic trip through the Shōwa Era w/all the vibrance of an 80s album cover. This thing is an absurdist romp - crimson apes, frost dragons, a delightfully absurd Dan Stevens. Another FUN entry in the MonsterVerse!"

"Godzilla X Kong hits plenty of sweet spots for me!" Variety's Aaron Neuwirth posted. "Tons of wild kaiju action, a brutal villain for Kong, a powered-up Godzilla, Dan Stevens having a blast, some legit surprises, and so many colors. Bring me more MonsterVerse!"

While some critics noted the human elements of the plot could be more developed, most agreed the titan action more than made up for it.

"Godzilla X Kong is a noisy titan brawl with hardly any human heart to engage us on an emotional level. But audiences coming for the fights alone are getting a supremely awesome tag team match between Godzilla and Kong vs Skar King and Shimo," Geeks Of Doom's Michael Lee wrote.

dan stevens as trapper, rebecca hall as dr ilene andrews, kaylee hottle as jia, godzilla x kong the new empire
Warner Bros.

Godzilla x Kong brings back MonsterVerse stars Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry and Kaylee Hottle as Dr Ilene Andrews, Bernie and Jia, respectively, but it is missing some Godzilla vs Kong cast members.

Among them are Millie Bobby Brown who doesn't reprise her role as Madison Russell who she played in Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs Kong.

"It just felt like we wrapped up her King of the Monsters arc in the last movie. When it came to designing the story for this film, my motto the entire time was simplicity is key," director Adam Wingard told Digital Spy.

"We really wanted to bring down the amount of characters in the movie so we could have a more intimate journey with them. That's why our group is relatively small on both the monster side and the human side, so that you really get more time to be with them."

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is released in cinemas on March 29.

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