Godzilla vs. Kong

Godzilla vs. Kong ★★★½

“Wow. Who’s the idiot who came up with this idea?”

Godzilla vs. Kong is inherently silly, but thankfully the film offers little to no pretense of being taken seriously. There is a heap of narrative nonsense leading up to the titular conflict, but it pays off in the second half - I was giggling like an idiot during the final 30 minutes or so. 

This film suffers the same problem as the rest of this shared universe: the human element. I’d almost rather watch a shortened version of these films without it - notes should be taken from Shin Godzilla. I must admit Julian Dennison made me laugh a few times (“You have a Sara?”)... at least before the Millie Bobby Brown scenes turned into Stranger Things season 3, sneaking around a “secure” facility with no consequence.

Perhaps most surprising of all is Adam Wingard not completely fumbling a franchise entry. He gave the people what they want and leaned into the goofy, pro wrestling side of it. My only real complaint about the otherwise incredible titan sequences is an inconsistent sense of scale.

Godzilla v Kong is another win for HBO MAX, however, optimal viewing for this might actually be in a theater setting.

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