Watch an Underwater Brawl in ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

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Godzilla enters the scene with one shot at this energetic moment from the latest in the MonsterVerse franchise.

Kong is transported by ship from Skull Island and has an encounter with a very excited Godzilla. Some of the action in the sequence comes from “Jaws” and “Die Hard,” and director Adam Wingard said he wanted to lean into the spectacle.

“That’s why you make these films,” he says of the sequence. “When you get to those moments, it’s all worth it because it’s basically like playing with CGI toys.”

But it’s not just about theater with visual effects. The plot moves between what happens to the people on the ship and what unfolds with the creatures in the water. Wingard wanted to switch certain movements in parallel in order to convey a feeling of grounding. So he cut from a shot of Godzilla swimming to one of the characters, Nathan (Alexander Skarsgard), doing the same thing, or a close-up of Kong yelling to one of Nathan who was screaming.

“It’s like you’re dealing with characters 6 feet and under and 300 feet and up,” he said. You’re trying to find those little visual clues that subconsciously link the two worlds together. “

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