Godzilla vs. Kong

Godzilla vs. Kong ★★★½

Godzilla vs. Kong knows exactly what type of film it is and it doesn’t try to be anything more. It is self aware and makes the most of two titans pitted against each other.

The story is simplistic, streamlined and far less of a mess than the previous Godzilla film. The dialogue is better and feels like it’s gone beyond a first draft. The human characters are serviceable, not annoying and don’t take up more time than they have to. The script is not flawless by any means. There are a few moments where we cut away from the action to a few characters who you don’t care about and this can halt the pacing slightly but they are important to revealing information to the audience at certain points. Being under 2 hours, it wastes no time and doesn’t overstay its welcome. All I’m saying is when it comes to the main components where this movie could go seriously wrong, it manages to do the right thing most of the time. 

But we are all here for the glorious monster battles, and oh my they are glorious. Adam Wingard directs the hell out of this movie with epic wides and awesome fight scenes. You can fully see what is going on all the time. The CGI is f*cking incredible. There is something to be said about how fast they move compared to the scale and physics of 2014’s Godzilla but it doesn’t bother me as much as it will others. This movie is shot exceptionally as it feels so vibrant. Hong Kong pops right of the screen with it’s spectacular neon skyline. Can’t believe I’m saying this but this movie actually gets you to slightly care about these monsters, especially Kong who is essential to the plot and gets his ass handed to him at times. 

If you can, see this on the biggest screen with the best sound you can. This is the type of big blockbuster cinema experiences we were missing last year. 100% mindless awesome entertainment that is well made and doesn’t completely insult you.

Monke.

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