Godzilla vs. Kong. Need I say more? The plot is in the title. If you’re looking to watch big monsters punch each other and cause mass destruction, then this movie has got you covered.
There can only be one alpha in the world and the current one goes by the name of Godzilla. Feeling threatened by Apex Cybernetics, a technological business searching to restore humanity’s dominance, Godzilla attacks their facility putting his reputation as the world’s protector in jeopardy. Meanwhile, King Kong grows restless in a containment facility and needs to be escorted to a more permanent solution. A team of scientists along with a young, orphaned girl who is deaf and can communicate with Kong hope to find and bring him to his original home. However, when Kong is brought out to sea, he attracts the attention of Godzilla, who seeks to protect his throne. As Godzilla and Kong duke it out, Apex Cybernetics lurks in the background with their own player ready to enter battle.
Godzilla vs. Kong is the fourth installment in what is quickly becoming a very profitable cinematic monsterverse for Warner Bros. The film has grossed over $400 million dollars worldwide as of the time of writing. The film picks up following the events of Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
What has made these movies popular, and what makes Godzilla vs. Kong a success, is they deliver where it matters most: the action and the monsters. There is no need to overthink these movies, and the self-awareness they demonstrate proves that the creators aren’t bending their minds to create the perfect story and characters. When I watch a movie like Godzilla vs. Kong, I have one expectation: for them to fight and for it to be large and epic. If you expect anything else, or more, you’re kidding yourself and will be disappointed. Thankfully, Godzilla and Kong do fight, and it is epic. This made me happy. I wish there could’ve been more fights between the two titans, but nonetheless there are other action sequences which fill in the gaps before and after their much-anticipated meetup.
Godzilla vs. Kong is a visually impressive film. The visual effects are strong, as the CGI of Godzilla and Kong grow evermore hyper realistic. The neon lights of Tokyo create a vivid city ripe for destruction. When we reach Kong’s reverse-gravitational homeworld, the environment is expansive and presents an exciting landscape I look forward to exploring potentially in future films. Godzilla vs. Kong continues to expand on the lore of the Kaiju and sets the franchise up for interesting directions it can take.
Where I’m seeing most of the criticism for Godzilla vs. Kong, is in the same place where King of Monsters was criticized: the characters. Yes, they’re one dimensional. They all neatly fit into an archetype and are forgettable. Rebecca Hall’s character from Kong: Skull Island and Millie Bobby Brown’s from Godzilla: King of the Monsters both return in the first intersection of the intellectual properties. But I said this about King of the Monsters, and I’ll say it again about Godzilla vs. Kong, “I don’t care.” Sure, I didn’t care much about the characters, but that didn’t matter to me. As I stated earlier, all I wanted to see was Godzilla and Kong beat each other up and I did see it happen. There isn’t much more to it. Go see Godzilla vs. Kong on the biggest screen you feel safe watching it on.