My First Movie Theatrical Experience in A Year: Godzilla Vs. Kong Vs. COVID-19

On the weekend, I live in Ubon Ratchathani, one of the largest cities in the Northeastern part of Thailand, and the rest of the week, I work in a Yasothon province town that my Thai colleagues think is a village.
On Saturday, March 27th, 2021, my friend was inspired to go eat at the Sunee Tower, a mall with a movie theater.
while I was walking to the restaurant, I noticed a movie poster for Godzilla Vs. Kong..
I am kind of a Godzilla freak. When I was a kid in Boston in the late 70s and early 80s, one of the local stations had the Creature Double Feature. They showed two movies for 4 hours with all kinds of nasty creatures. They must have shown every Japanese monster movie in badly dubbed English from the 1950s to the 1980s. I think my kid self liked them the most because they were fun and they were nice compared to the other creature movies on this special show. The other creature gave me nightmares, Godzilla did not.
I saw Godzilla (1998) and was repulsed by how badly it was made. The acting and the writing were really bad. It did look good, but that is the best that you can say about it. IF you wanted to torture somebody, this is probably one of the films that you would pick.
In the 2000s, I played a video or PC game that featured all the monsters in the Godzilla universe. You could say that I am familiar with the Godzilla mythology, at least the Japanese version of it.
Back in 2021, We made it to the restaurant. I told my friend that I wanted to see the movie. He looked at his movie app and found that it was starting at the mall movie theater at 6:30 pm. What time we were eating? 6:30 pm. We knew that movie trailers at Thai movie theaters usually run for 20 to 25 minutes. We thought that we might still be able to get to the movie on time.
We ate very quickly.
We took the nearest elevator and we thought we were going to the right floor. We ended up on the wrong floor. We had to run to get to the movie theater.
At the movie theater, three people seemed to be having a debate with the ticket sellers. They finally resolved their debate and we got to finally buy tickets.
Again, we had to run to the theater, up two flights of escalators.
We finally arrived at the movie theater for the film at 6:55 pm.
After all this effort, was the film worth it to see? I am afraid that it was not. The monster fights were awesome and I was glad to see a new 21st-century version of MechaGodzilla (a robotic version of Godzilla).
This is the fourth film in this movie franchise. I have only seen Godzilla: King of All Monsters, but the biggest hole in these seems to be the human beings. They don’t get the best dialogue or the best stories. The more that they focus on them, the worse the film gets. Please, just focus on the monsters and everything is fine.
Like The Fast and Furious, physics is a big casualty in this film. The viewer is supposed to believe that King Kong’s home is in a secret underground paradise that somehow manages to have oxygen and fully built buildings. Where does the oxygen come from? Who built the buildings? Why do they go some portal to get to this underground paradise? Why wasn’t this paradise crushed by gravity? If you are a physicist, please, please, don’t see this film. Your mind will explode.
After the film, we went to get some food and then we went home.
What is it like to see a film during a pandemic? In Thailand, everybody wears masks. Not many Thais see English films anyway so social distancing is not an issue. They had sanitizers everywhere.
I certainly wish the film was better after having not seen a movie in a theater for a year. I hope next time is better.
Be good. Be safe. Have a good life. See you later.

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