tiaskye ✊🏽’s review published on Letterboxd:
Godzilla vs. Kong is an example when a movie has self-awareness by going for one thing and one thing only: showing us a gigantic cgi clash between a lizard and an ape. This is what the world wanted. It's not just one fight; there are numerous face-offs taking place in the sunlight. I'm saying this because I'm used to seeing enormous cgi battles in nighttime. However, this is another reminder that technology came a long way. I can't point a single problem with the visual effects. I see people chatting about these blockbusters as "theme park movies" and yes, that includes all comicbook movies. Honestly, at this point and time, I don't see an issue with that. There's one tracking shot here would make a perfect ride at a theme park.
We follow a group of people as they fly through a dogfight between the two legendary monsters. It looks like the most entertaining fun ride imaginable. I'm not knocking on the film for that because it's the same exact feeling you get from a theme park. The stimulation, the horror, and the excitement is exactly what we need. The constant issue in the current universe is they choose to focus on what I could less about. I really don't care about human characters. If the writers wrote a captivating story, then yes, I would've cared. I know people didn't like or care for 2014 Godzilla but I would argue that the most intriguing human story came from that movie. That mixed with Gareth Edwards showcase of scale made it a highlight. A lot said that it fell short of showing Godzilla but personally, I didn't mind that.
While Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island had phenomenal action sequences, they couldn't hold my interest to save their lives. Plus, they often cut a subplot that I just give much for a fuck about. This movie repeats some of these blunders and once again, the human characters missed the mark. However, it spends far less time on that side of the road. This time around, there's a bit of Godzilla and a lot of Kong as they keep coming back to each other. What are the motives? Why are they're battling? What is the purpose of them coming to blows? These questions are answered. However, the confrontations are the real focus. Presenting some kickass choices within these scenes, each of the heavyweights get a chance to shine, and the pinky promise of an enjoyable and brainless blockbuster comes to play. I like ridiculousness if it has self-awareness. This movie has that. There are one or two out-of-the-blue occurrences within this all-embracing adventure that are so entertaining.
As the action sequences are happening, Junkie XL's awesome score kicks into high gear and intensifies the weight of each punch. There are few moments in the human compartment. Brian Tyree Henry plays a conspiracy theorist who has some of the more lively moments of the movie. However, the heart and soul goes to Kaylee Hottle who has a starling relationship with Kong. Every other storyline is disposable. Once again, it hardly ever wastes time on them when it doesn't need to. Thank God, they're basically just there when the main focus are titluar characters. Sure, the cheese is there but it comes to a halt in the untamed third act. The third act is full with action. Like, what more do you want? Godzilla vs Kong isn't perfect but it's a fun ass blockbuster. Yes, I lost brain cells but it's well worth it.