King Kong vs. Godzilla

King Kong vs. Godzilla ★★★½

"Let them fight."

Honda returns to direct the first color Godzilla film, which features a convoluted plot wherein a pharmaceutical company basically contrives, along with a helpless yet eventually complicit military, to stage a fight between Kong and Godzilla to boost TV ratings on the network they sponsor. It all somehow exists at a tantalizing crossroads of hilariously absurd and unsettlingly plausible. Highlights include Kong getting blackout drunk on his island's native tribe's moonshine and a battle with a giant octopus (actually just a real octopus, looking kind of confused on a miniature set).

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