Godzilla vs. Kong

Godzilla vs. Kong ★★★★

Here we are, the last of the Legendary Godzilla trilogy, and the fourth (and likely final) Monsterverse movie. Despite King of the Monsters 2019 going all out with Rodan, Mothra AND Ghidorah, Godzilla vs. Kong actually feels like a proper culmination of all three previous movies despite its less exciting premise. And oh man, this movie rules. It's not perfect - I don't think an American version of Godzilla can ever reach that level - but it does a LOT right.

For starters, yes, the dialogue and characters are still not very good. However, this time they fully lean into it. We don't care about the human characters in a blockbuster giant lizard vs. giant monkey fight, so they cut (most of) the drama and instead fully utilize the sparse story purely to get Kong and Godzilla where they need to be. Instead of a family we're supposed to care about, we get conspiracy theories and total sci-fi nonsense. That's one of the best things about Godzilla vs. Kong - it doesn't take itself seriously AT ALL. It knows you're here to watch Godzilla and King Kong punch each other in the face, and the final act is absolutely glorious. There are very few cuts from the action this time around. You get extended sequences of the iconic Kaiju just going all out - it's pure Hollywood destruction and it's great.

If you're a fan of Godzilla, you probably know exactly what's going to happen in this movie. And yes, it's fucking awesome when it happens. Super fun stuff. The foreshadowing is not subtle at all, and there's a lot of explanatory dialogue. Normally I'd say this is an issue, but again, the human element of this movie is strictly there to move the action forward. I don't mind it at all, it's not nearly as bad as the previous movies, just not good either. Also, even though most of the human stuff is self aware and realizes nobody cares, I think the stuff with Jia is genuinely pretty heartwarming. I prefer her relationship with Kong much more than the whole "beauty killed the beast" schtick he's typically associated with.

I have a few other minor complaints that don't really detract from my enjoyment but are nonetheless worth mentioning. Some of the CGI in the second act is really bad, but the fights are great so that's whatever. They decided to give Godzilla way more expressions this time around, which looks really weird and kinda dumb. I also wish the "twist" had a tiny bit more screen time, but I think the final act is just fantastic overall.

This movie is gonna get a lot of hate, that's typical among Kaiju films. It's a vapid giant monster brawl, but it's fully aware and definitely not trying to be more than that. It's ridiculously fun and I honestly wish it were a bit longer. I'm probably gonna rewatch it again today because, well, I'm an adult and you can't stop me. Hell yeah, totally worth the hype.

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