Last week, two of cinema’s biggest boys finally got their ultimate rematch, 60 years in the making. In one corner: Kong, the hairy brainchild of American filmmakers Edgar Wallace, Merian C. Cooper, and Willis O’Brien — a consistently tragic figure, not a creation of man but a victim of man’s fear. In the other: Godzilla, an atomic leviathan borne of man’s hubris, from the minds of Japanese creators Tomoyuki Tanaka, Ishirō Honda, and Eiji Tsubaraya — able to be a superhero for children in one film and a horrific, rotting mass of radioactive flesh in another.

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