^ I agree about Godzilla vs. Kong's score. It's serviceable but wholly unremarkable, easily the weakest of the four MonsterVerse scores. When comparing Legendary's Godzilla vs. Kong to Toho's original King Kong vs. Godzilla, I find it's not a contest of which movie is better but an example of two complementary films from two different cultures made nearly 60 years apart with completely different styles, techniques and aesthetics that offer two wildly different takes on the same core premise. However, the music is the one area in which the modern film is just so drastically less effective than the original that it's a shame. I know it's an inevitably lopsided comparison when the original movie had one of Akira Ifukube's most iconic scores but Tom Holkenborg really invited the comparison with his Godzilla theme. The original King Kong vs. Godzilla brought the debut of Ifukube's classic Godzilla theme, which Bear McCreary had just adapted in Legendary's previous flick, only for Godzilla vs. Kong to offer a Godzilla theme that harks back to the classic theme for the first few notes before dissipating into generic and unmemorable background music, which unfortunately describes most of the score.
That reminds me of one broad reservation I do have about this upcoming sequel. As a lifelong fan, I'm obviously psyched about seeing Godzilla and Kong together again onscreen in another new movie, but I can't help but feel that this is going to make the very concept of Godzilla and Kong sharing the screen into something less special, and that it will retroactively make 2021's Godzilla vs. Kong a less special movie. Right now, across nearly 90 years of Kong and nearly 70 years of Godzilla, these two monstrous icons of cinema have only encountered each other in two movies, one in 1962 and the other in 2021. With the films being so different from each other in every way, each of them stands out by encapsulating the filmmaking approaches of its respective era and culture. However, that's only going to be the case for about another year and a half, because soon there are going to be three movies in which Kong and Godzilla share the screen together. One of them will be from 1962 while both of the other two will have been released in short succession from 2021 to 2024. One of them will be a classic Japanese film while both of the other two will be modern Hollywood productions. One of the Kong/Godzilla movies will present the monster action through suitmation, miniatures and many other forms of practical SFX while both of the other two Kong/Godzilla movies will present the monster action entirely through computer-generated VFX. All of the qualities that currently set Legendary's Godzilla vs. Kong apart from the original will soon become qualities that it shares with its sequel. Again, I'm looking forward to this upcoming sequel and I expect to enjoy it but I do think it's going to make Godzilla vs. Kong a less special movie in the long run, and it's also going to make the very concept of bringing Kong and Godzilla together onscreen into something less rare and less unique.