Through out yesterday evening, we had quite a lot of stuff revealed for Godzilla vs Kong. Movie tickets go on sale today, HBO Max is having an interactive digital event at South X SouthWest (SXSW), music composer Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) reveals both Godzilla's and Kong's themes from the movie's soundtrack, and there is finally a release date for the UK.
Movie Tickets On Sale Today:
Movie tickets for Godzilla vs Kong are on sale today. With the COVID-19 pandemic still on-going, there are still people adamant about just staying home and watching the movie. I get it. You don't want to catch the virus. But for those that want to see this movie in theaters, now is the time to start buying your ticket.
Every time I bring up any news about Godzilla vs Kong and movie theaters, I see a lot of people say they would rather watch it at home so they don't have to be around many people and catch the virus. That's fine. That's your choice. I have to ask though. Have you guys ever gone to the grocery store or even just take walks outside last year or this year? How about going to a restaurant or going to work? I know that there are some jobs still under remote working conditions, but there are jobs that require leaving the house. What I am getting at is that you are always around lots of people no matter where you go.
And everywhere you go there is always safety regulations that these places require. Hand sanitizers, cleaning supplies, the standing 6 feet apart rule, and face masks are all requirements for stores and work places require and these same regulations still apply for movie theaters.
I have also been keeping watch at the box-office numbers on Box Office Mojo and it is very telling that not many people are going to the theaters, right now. At most, the amount of money these movies are making in theaters is roughly around $10-$15 million, which is not very much. This past weekend, Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon made $8.5 million, Tom and Jerry made $6.6 million, and Chaos Walking made $3.8 million. If you think about it, you're more likely going to be sitting in a movie theater watching Godzilla vs Kong by yourself than having to sit with a large audience. Even if there are other people that come to watch, it won't be very many. There would only be very few people that would spread out in other parts of the theater meaning you can even have a whole row to yourself. Honestly, that should be a dream come true for any Godzilla fan.
Godzilla vs Kong Gets Release Date For United Kingdom:
Understandingly, there are places where theaters are not ready to open yet. That is partly the reason why Warner Bros. is doing this same day hybrid release. However, there are regions where both theaters and HBO Max are not available, more specifically in the UK. As it turns out, it has been announced that Godzilla vs Kong will release on April 1st on VOD Premium services. These VOD Premium services may include the Sky Store or iTunes. The biggest worry for the UK audience was the movie being only exclusive to HBO Max, which is only available in America.
HBO Max Digital Event Ready For SXSW:
Announced yesterday by Deadline, HBO Max is set to hold a interactive digital event called HBO Max Orbit at SXSW Online, which will take place March 16-20. This digital event will allow audiences to experience the content like no other before.
The HBO Max Orbit will feature interactive design elements for Godzilla vs Kong on March 19th. Festival attendees will be able to participate in a "flock to unlock" challenge that starts at 12 PM ET to unlock an exclusive never-before-seen scenes from the movie.
This featured interactive design element uses facial tracking technology that will respond to the user's facial movements and will surface clips from the HBO Max characters matching their movements in real time. Specific clips will activate "challenge modes", which will prompt the user to move their face to find clips that matches a certain title on screen or use their voice to speak a line from a specific show within a timed window. Successful completion of these challenges unlocks frames from the exclusive clip.
As fun as the HBO Max Orbit sounds, I am just ready to watch the movie. I don't really want to watch any more new scenes until the movie is released. I bet that whatever new scene the event shows won't spoil Godzilla vs Kong, but I want to be able to watch the whole movie without feeling like I have seen most of it just from clips and trailers. So I will most likely skip this event.
Tom Holkenborg Reveals Tracks From Soundtrack:
The last thing that was revealed last night were two sample tracks from the soundtrack of Godzilla vs Kong being revealed by the movie's music composer Tom Holkenborg (aka Junkie XL). One track is Godzilla's theme titled "Pensacola, Florida," and the other track is Kong's theme titled "Skull Island". These two tracks were received with very mixed reactions and I feel sort of the same. They're not as impactful as Bear McCreary's soundtrack for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but I still like them.
Godzilla's theme is not the same theme song we heard in the last movie. What I expected was the same theme song that sounds more menacing. The soundtrack sounds menacing and the original theme is there, but also not there at the same time. There are pieces of the music that are not fitting correctly to me. It does not register to me as this being Godzilla's theme song. It is like if someone from YouTube wanted to make their own version of the theme song without being hit with the copyright claim. The pieces are there, but they don't exactly connect enough to be hit with a copyright claim.
Kong's theme, on the other hand, sounds more like I am listening to the soundtrack of a Spider-Man movie and then it goes into jungle music. It does not convey to me that this is Kong on Skull Island, just yet. Maybe once I see the movie I would understand this track better, but even then this one is not going to be as memorable.