Godzilla vs. Kong

Godzilla vs. Kong ★★★½

Does most of the things you'd expect from a film called Godzilla vs. Kong, even though it's directed by a guy who has only ever not sucked once.

Adam Wingard was a weird choice to make this and he gets to stamp absolutely none of his style on this film at all, as we're at a point with big budget blockbusters like these where there are so many people involved and their plot points are so explicitly defined beforehand by the studio that you might as well take the director's name off it. In Wingard's case though, that's definitely a blessing.

As a melding together of these two monster 'franchises', it doesn't really work. It has no connection to Kong: Skull Island except for the big guy himself, and is all about just continuing on where Godzilla: King of the Monsters left off. Which I'm annoyed about because Kong: Skull Island was far more interesting narratively, and also because it eliminated the chance of us having Brie Larson and John C. Reilly again. Unless they were going to have the former in old lady makeup and the latter in his coffin.

But it's fun, even so. The fights are good, Mecha-Godzilla looked outstanding, and we even got a blast of The Air That I Breathe by The Hollies at the end. Millie Bobby Brown is shown going through what I think is meant to be her goth phase, Julian Dennison gets to do comedy relief, and Rebecca Hall gets a well-deserved payday. Plus, Eiza González seems nice. Alexander Skarsgard is a massive, dull, rubbish dud though.

Good to see Kong has inherited Mel Gibson's trick of putting his shoulder back into place from Lethal Weapon 2 too.