Godzilla vs. Kong

Godzilla vs. Kong ★★★


You win some, you lose some. In the case of Godzilla vs. Kong, the kaiju fights are a definite improvement over King of the Monsters, and so is the movie, overall. Gone is much of the so-called "atmospheric" CGI storms tossed over the screen, and Adam Wingard goes all out on style, offering a range of wide compositions and monster vision 'hand-held' shots. Not to mention all the neon, which he deploys pretty much every chance he gets, especially in the human conversations. But that's all an overcompensation for its narrative. Just doing anything to liven this script from the garbage bin it belongs. People have, once again, likened it to classic Godzilla films, but honestly that's misguided. There's a tiring self-importance to the human stuff in Godzilla vs. Kong that sucks so much of the energy out of this whole endeavor. It's unnecessarily complex - all this jargon spoken by cardboard characters as they attempt to humanize this dumb sci-fi monsterverse. By the time the big guys are fighting, it's almost too much. But luckily, this is a blockbuster monster mash that delivers on its final thirty minutes and then some. And it'll depend on your tolerance whether you watch this entire movie to get to the good stuff or you end up skipping through it on HBO Max.

Best part is the goofy, Jules Verne-ian 'hollow earth' sequence, which is packed with crazy creatures and King Kong lore. It feels like the only section of the movie (besides the final fights) that is comfortable with being as silly as it is.

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