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There were a lot of jokes both before and after the release of Godzilla vs. Kong wondering why the movie even had human characters. Basically all the fans really cared about were the giant monsters punching each other. However, there were human characters in Godzilla vs. Kong and they weren't entirely superfluous. They had an adventure of their own, one that actor Bryan Tyree Henry compared to them being The Goonies while on set.
Along with the two sides in Godzilla vs. Kong there are a pair of parallel stories associated with each massive creature. On Kong's side there is Rebecca Hall and Alexander Skarsgård, who take Kong from Skull Island in an attempt to locate a power source that might explain why Godzilla has gone on a rampage. On Godzilla's side we have Millie Bobby Brown, reprising her role from Godzilla: King of the Monsters, her friend, played by Deadpool 2's Julian Dennison, and Bryan Tyree Henry, as a podcaster the two young people go in search of looking for their own answers as to why Godzilla has seemingly gone wild.
Bryan Tyree Henry recently told the Daily Californian that while on set he likened his time with co-stars Denison and Brown to The Goonies. Henry seemed to feel that the adventure they three went on together, which saw numerous twists and turns, was somewhat like the classic '80s adventure where a bunch of kids go in search of pirate treasure. According to Henry,
We got to play … Just come up with all kinds of schemes. I called us the Goonies cause we’re going on this adventure together, you know, and as their supposed-to-be-fearless leader who has the answers (and is) trying to expose the truth, I really cared about their protection and I cared about making it to the very end with them.
While I certainly didn't make a connection to The Goonies while watching Godzilla vs. Kong, I can totally see how Bryan Tyree Henry did exactly that. The journey of his team of characters doesn't involve a treasure map, but it is basically three characters following a trail of breadcrumbs from one place to another with no real idea where they're going or what they will find. Plus, the whole thing is vaguely dangerous. And the possibility of danger is quite real, in The Goonies the kids have to deal with booby traps and a family of criminals on their tail. In Godzilla vs. Kong, there's the possibility of getting eaten by a kaiju.
And now I kind of want to see a new Goonies movie starring Millie Bobby Brown and Julian Dennison. They would actually be perfect members of such a cast. Of course, the trials and tribulations of a Goonies follow-up have long been reported and it seems unlikely such a movie will ever happen. But at least we'll always have Godzilla vs. Kong.