Like pretty much all of the big screen Monsterverse films, “Godzilla vs. Kong” is one half awesome monster battle and one half crummy human escapades.
Either way, the first real blockbuster to arrive now that theaters are starting to reopen is a heck of a lot of fun — at least if giant monster movies are your thing. “Godzilla vs. Kong” delivers exactly what’s on the tin and then some. Godzilla fights King Kong in all their modern, computer-animated glory, and it’s a neat show to watch.
The film is playing in theaters and available to stream at home on HBO Max. Is it worth the risk of spending two hours in a movie theater? That’s up to you to decide.
There is a lot of plot involved in bringing Godzilla and King Kong to blows in the new movie. There’s an evil manufacturing company and their secret project. There’s a trip to the center of the Earth. There’s a couple returning cast members from the previous movie. Honestly, the plot can be a bit too much at times, but at least it delivers us to the giant monster fights.
Like classic Godzilla movies from my childhood, “Godzilla vs. Kong” is a bit goofier than the movies that came before it. Gone is the stark realism and high stakes. This movie really is just a fun chance to watch giant monsters knock each other around skyscrapers.
I would be lying if I said this movie was all fun and games. There are some long stretches where the movie focuses on the human characters and it can be a bit of a slog. Mostly because the human stories are not very deep and often poorly written. This is a movie that does not care about its own logic.
And because the movie does not care about its own logic, the audience doesn’t need to care either. Let the crummy parts of the movie just wash over you until the next exciting giant monster fight.
Because that’s really all we want and need from a movie like “Godzilla vs. Kong”. Don’t worry about every single part of it making sense. Don’t worry about how it doesn’t exactly fit with the earlier movies in the series.
“Godzilla vs. Kong” is a big spectacle of a movie that lives up to big spectacle. The fact that we can watch it on the big screen is a bonus.