Godzilla vs. Kong

Godzilla vs. Kong ★★½

The first 38 minutes are a flat, terrible bore, filled with unlikable human characters who are present only to deliver exposition at length. The talented cast can’t save the flat, insipid dialogue that manages to strip the charisma from everyone involved. 

At the 38 minute mark the film start getting down to business with a fight scene every 10-20 minutes and an extended fight sequences closing out the film. There’s something undeniably satisfying about watching an ape punch a lizard in the face. There are a number of visual references to actions classics such as Jaws, Die Hard and Lethal Weapon 2.

Everything outside of the monster fights doesn’t work. The ending feels not only like a cop-up, but the most predictable cop-out given the premise. Wingard’s trademark of using ironic, on the nose music is present and less effective here than in Death Note. The missteps outnumber the positives. 

I’m mixed on this, but ultimately not sorry I watched it.

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