If you’re looking for a heavyweight monster movie battle royale, you’ve certainly found your movie.
Godzilla Vs. Kong is a no-holds-barred, land & sea slugfest between the two movie titans. It’s also, however, devoid of any human connection, great performances or other intrigue.
That could be a knock, or it could be exactly what you’re looking for, depending on what you hope to get from the flick.
Gone are the quippy, interesting characters of predecessors Skull Island and Godzilla, and they’re replaced with movie monster battles that are, in a word, spectacular.
But that leaves stars Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Julian Dennison and Kyle Chandler as quite literal placeholders when, in my estimation, giving them some depth might have added to the proceedings.
That said, director Adam Wingard gives us the fan service we’ve been asking for, with a film bursting full of action sequences, canon reference and bombastic sequencing. It’s a beautiful action movie, and one that accomplishes its goals.
As Kong and Godzilla create destruction all over the world, it strikes me this might be the type of movie that will get people back to theatres – not the lofty, confusing Tenet – and if that’s true, maybe a bit less character development can be sacrificed for a big-screen showdown like this.
This critic just likes a little plot development with his carnage.