Review: Godzilla Vs. Kong

GODZILLA VS. KONG (2021)

In this corner, filmgoers who are ready to watch a CGI battle between a giant ape and a prehistoric sea monster. In the other corner, those who are expecting character development. One group will be heavily disappointed while the other will experience an absolute blast with Godzilla vs. Kong.

Here is what you need to know: Godzilla is incredibly angry and acting out while Kong is being taken to Antartica to help access “Hollow Earth.” There can only be one titan, however, and they soon clash… though there is more going on behind the scenes with corporate greed and power once again at play. Godzilla vs. Kong is a massive, earth-shaking extravaganza that delivers on what it promises from start to finish. Sure, many aspects of the story will seem convenient and eye roll inducing, but that isn’t what you watch this for. Director Adam Wingard clearly had a blast pitting these two mammoth icons against one another, especially in the climactic final act(s) that are simply momentous. The visual effects throughout are second to none while the action sequences are violent, destructive, and a ton of fun.

Millie Bobby Brown is, perhaps, at her best in this film, finally growing out of Stranger Things linkage and beginning to make a name for herself as a young actress. She spent much of her time with Brian Tyree Henry who plays a conspiracy theorist who believes Apex Industries is up to no good, though his sometimes humorous portrayal is exhaustingly overplayed. In the limited amount of time spent on the human characters of the film, Rebecca Hall and her on-screen adopted daughter Kaylee Hottle absolutely steal the show with an immense amount of unexpected emotion that is truly beautiful.

At the end of the day, fans expecting a clash of two of the most iconic monsters in cinematic history will be satisfied. Though the story has gradually grown more ludicrous over the course of the MonsterVerse films, Godzilla vs. Kong being no exception, the film provides a mindless yet exciting experience that begs to be seen on the big screen.

Godzilla vs. Kong hits theaters and HBO Max this Wednesday.

Rating: 4/5

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