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‘Godzilla vs Kong’ is a metaphor for the battle between China and the US, and guess what? Hollywood kisses both their asses

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This article contains spoilers for ‘Godzilla vs Kong’.

Godzilla vs Kong’, directed by Adam Wingard, made a big splash at the box office when it premiered internationally last weekend, and has generated a lot of attention in the US as it opened on Wednesday in both theaters and on HBO Max.

The film, which stars Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry among many others, is a sequel to both ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ (2019) and ‘Kong: Skull Island’ (2017), and is the fourth film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse franchise, which kicked off in 2014 with ‘Godzilla’.

I’m always interested in monster movies, because they feature rich myths that express deeper truths regarding their time and place, and are ripe with opportunities for insightful metaphor and allegory.

For instance, beginning with the first film in 1933, the King Kong story was an allegory for colonialism and slavery, as he was stolen from his tropical homeland by outsiders and brought to America in chains and exploited for profit.

Cinematically born in post-war Japan by Toho Studios in 1954, Godzilla was a metaphor for the perils of atomic weapons and American imperialism, and the embodiment of nuclear-age anxiety.

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