Godzilla vs. Kong

Godzilla vs. Kong ★★★

It’s kind of incredible how this runs less than two hours because its modest runtime often clashes with the sheer magnitude of nearly everything that appears onscreen, although I do have to say that it’s refreshing to see a blockbuster that’s not in the 2.5-3 hour range. It’s also kind of incredible just how busy this film is because it’s often easy to forget how many characters and underdeveloped plots and subplots this screenplay rushes through.

The Godzilla and Kong fights are easily the least interesting part about a film titled Godzilla vs Kong, even from a visual standpoint (we’ve already seen so much metropolitan destruction in superhero films over the last decade, but also those sequences here even feel a bit sloppy on their own). The titular monster feud surprisingly occupies very little of the film, but I’m convinced that’s a good thing because this kind of “x vs y” showdown narrative is already too predictable anyways and I’m glad it didn’t dwell too much on that and instead decided to be as ambitious and ridiculous as it could, both for better and for worse.

I admire this film’s sense of scale that keeps trying to outdo itself, even as it constantly overshadows its already thin story. It’s kind of astounding how much spatial and temporal scope this film crams inside its rushed narrative and the frame, and even in some scenes it seems like the camera is trying to find new ways to move to create a sense of immersion inside the world onscreen. Maybe it’s because I’ve only been to the movie theater for the third time in a year, but there are some sequences in here that feel absolutely massive in ways that I’ve never quite seen in dopey blockbuster films like this.

Overall, a messy incongruous film that somehow feels both underwhelming and overwhelming, but just enough eye candy like the cool hollow earth visuals and cyberpunk-y tech to satisfy my lizard brain.

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