Will the NYT, New Yorker, OR RogerEbert.com reviews of GODZILLA X KONG reference the "buddy-cop" film genre?
resolved Apr 13

During the press tour for GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE, director Adam Wingard explained the titular relationship using the "buddy-cop" film genre as a reference:

“The buddy-cop dysfunctional relationship dynamic is probably the best one to describe Godzilla and Kong,” says Wingard, noting Lethal Weapon as one of his favourites in the genre.

Will the critics for our most esteemed publications agree that GODZILLA X KONG is a new entry in the buddy-cop genre? And more relevant for this market, will they draw this comparison themselves? (Whether or not they agree that it fits).

What counts as a reference:

If any of the (up to) three reviews meets either criteria, this market resolves YES.

Which reviews:

  • I will use the first review logged on Rotten Tomatoes for each publication as the only reviews in consideration.

  • I will allow up to two weeks after release (i.e. April 12th) for them to publish their review, and resolve based on the reviews available at that point (& I can resolve early if all three publish their reviews before then).

  • For reference, here are the first reviews of GODZILLA VS KONG by each outlet on RT:

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@traders Two weeks are up. The New Yorker (cowardly) did not review Godzilla x Kong. Ebert, NYT. Reading through both reviews, I think the market is correct (i.e. resolving NO), I don't see any references. The closest is in Ebert:

and 1980s Hong Kong and American action thriller/buddy films where the two main guys have to have a fistfight before they team up against a dangerous villain.

This uses "thriller/buddy" films, but my descriprtion says it has to be "buddy-cop". The much broader criteria is a comparison to any films on the lists above, but I can't find any. I'll leave this closed for a bit before resolving NO in case anyone can point out something I missed.

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