It is always advisable to tread carefully when a film’s title screen includes the word “versus.” Godzilla vs Kong is no exception as it pits arguably the world’s two most beloved giant monsters (sorry Nessy) against one another in a messy, clichéd, generic, and poorly connected monster mashup that will likely leave you feeling invested, entertained, and satisfied. This is the Burger King Whopper of big budget films; you will probably like it, but you know it is not something classy.
NOTE: This review is spoiler-free.
Godzilla vs. Kong's plot is exceptionally convoluted and tries to cram story arcs that could comfortably be expanded into their own full-length films into one liners that characters explain away with extreme leaps of logic. Entire characters exist in the film with little to no development or relevance to the story and could have easily been absent without hindering the storyline in any meaningful way. Glaring plot holes and head scratching decisions made by the characters litter the narrative as the film passes by and any sort of science or technological consistency evaporate from scene to scene.
Somehow, this adventure ends up as a serviceable platform for the titular monsters to shine.
Kong is obviously a centerpiece of the plot and was exceptionally well-executed.
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26 March 2021
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