Godzilla vs Kong: The Official Movie Novelisation
Titan, pb, £4.99
Reviewed by Sarah Deeming
Godzilla is the undisputed king of the Titans, massive beasts that roam the earth. But there is one Titan who has not yet bowed to the king; Kong. Kong is hidden, safe from an attack that could cause further destruction to humanity’s civilisation until Nathan Lind makes progress in his search for the Hollow Earth. Convinced the earth is hollow and contains a unique ecosystem, Lind believes Kong will show him the way. But when Kong is released, Godzilla travels on a collision course with the giant gorilla with one purpose in mind; to make Kong kneel or destroy him. Who will win in this war of Titans?
If you are a fan of the films, then chances are you’ve already seen this movie, in which case Godzilla vs Kong follows the film faithfully as you’d expect, and you’ll love it. If you haven’t, I’ll give some background. Giant creatures known as Titans walk the earth, monitored by an organisation called Monarch, who warn human populations if a Titan moves towards them so they can evacuate. At the book’s start, Godzilla has been missing since the movie Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Kong is in a biodome for his own protection. Monarch is concerned that should the two meet, there will be a massive battle with huge casualties. But while some humans are working with the Titans, others, such as Walter Simmons, are trying to synthesise their own Titans as a pre-emptive defence/weapon. A battle between the three is imminent.
Godzilla vs Kong is a perfect example of how books can be better than the film, even though this example came afterwards. There is detail in this book that we don’t get in a 2.5hr movie. For example, the chapters start with extracts from legends and scientific journals, building a case for the Hollow Earth theory. The legends are from all cultures suggesting we have lost the knowledge that the earth has another ecosystem.
Another example is Maddie, one of the protagonists from Godzilla: King of the Monsters. She was intimately involved in those events, and it has changed her as a person. How can someone who fought eco-terrorists and survived a Titan rampage through Boston be expected to go back to school? Her relationship with her father is more nuanced in the book because we have access to his thoughts about protecting what’s left of Maddie’s childhood, while from her point of view, we know it has already passed.
If you loved the film, then Godzilla vs Kong gives you everything you enjoyed and more.