Godzilla vs. Kong (Review)

The Clash of the Titans

Available On: HBO Max, Sky Store, Microsoft Store

Genre: Monster

Director: Adam Wingard

Studio: Legendary Pictures

Release: March 31, 2021

It’s the moment some of us have been waiting for! The big clash between Godzilla, King of the Monsters, and King Kong, The Eighth Wonder of the World. This is the first time the monsters have come together in battle since 1963’s King Kong vs. Godzilla, but was it worth the wait?

A sequel to both 2017’s Kong: Skull Island and 2019’s Godzilla: King of Monsters, Godzilla vs. Kong brings together the two leading titans of Legendary’s Monsterverse for the first time in its 4th movie overall.

Godzilla vs. Kong as a movie is, like, fine. It’s a typical monster movie, nothing more, nothing less. It’s not revolutionary, as far as movies go, but if you’re looking for two monsters fighting, then look no further than this!


So What’s It About?

Taking place 5 years after Godzilla: King of Monsters, Godzilla vs Kong tells the story of the two titans coming together in a massive, globe-spanning, city-destroying brawl.

Although Godzilla has since left mankind in peace after the events of King of Monsters, he starts this movie by attacking an Apex facility Florida. Nathan Lind, a geologist who used to work for Monarch, the company keeping tabs on Kong in Skull Island, is hired by the CEO of Apex, Walter Simmons, to lead an expedition to Hollow Earth, the world in the center of the planet where the titans originated.

Lind travels to Skull Island and teams up with Monarch scientist Dr. Ilene Andrews to use Kong to travel to the Hollow Earth and draw its power source for Apex.

After about 40 minutes we finally get the first face-off between Godzilla and Kong, and while it’s pretty class, I was so mind-numbingly bored by the 40 minutes of plot that didn’t make any sense at all.

But hey, we’re not here for the plot, are we? We’re here to see two giant monsters kicking the shit out of each other! But after about 15 minutes, we get another 40 minute gap of more human storylines, that somehow make even less sense.

We finally get to the big final battle, with a “surprise” guest fighter that had been released as a toy prior to release of the movie, but I’ll admit, it was still pretty f***ing cool. So, yes, we are waiting like 90 minutes for the real final battle, but it’s almost worth it!

We see a massive face off of titanic proportions, with more explosions than a Michael Bay movie, and it does it well, I won’t lie.

What Worked?

Honestly? Not a lot. I will say this, the movie, for the most part, knew what it was. It had giant monsters fighting each other, and when it had that, it was great. The special effects were fantastic, and you really felt like the monsters were a part of the world.

The creators didn’t really seem to care about the humans too much, knowing that’s not what the audience came for. The battles were well choreographed and were just as huge and as explosive as you’d expect.

It definitely delivers on the title’s promise. It’s Godzilla fighting King Kong. If you go in expecting any more than that you’re going to be disappointed.

The final battle was pretty great, with Kong and Godzilla doing what they do best. Wrecking everything and looking cool as f*** doing it.

At the end of the day, it’s a fun way to shut your brain off for a bit and just let your eyes glaze over until there are some action scenes.

What didn’t work?

While the fights were pretty great, they were few and far between. It takes a good 40 minutes before the two titans come into contact with one another, with the first 40 setting up why they come together. However, the setup is flimsy at best, and downright nonsensical at worst.

As a sequel, you expect to have some knowledge of the characters beforehand, with 3 movies leading to this final showdown. However, there are only like 2 characters that come from previous movies, those being Madison, played by Millie Bobby Brown, and her dad who appears in 2 scenes. You spend the entire first 40 minutes wondering whether or not you’ve seen these characters before, because you’d think you would have.

After 40 minutes of sitting through nonsensical plot driven by characters you don’t know or care about, you finally get to the first battle, but at that stage, I was so bored by it all that I didn’t get to appreciate it fully.

They then, after a maybe 10-15 minute battle, throw in another 40-minute break before the final showdown. At this stage I won’t lie, I was ready to turn the movie off.

I feel like the writers wanted to create a great, plot-driven action movie, but halfway through, they realised that they were making Godzilla vs. Kong and all desire for plot went out the window. This would be fine but they kept their half-formed setup and flimsy plotlines, because they needed some reason they were fighting, regardless of how little sense it made, and still acted like it made sense.

Final Thoughts

I feel like this could have been a great, fun movie if the writers let it be. It’s Godzilla vs. Kong. It’s ridiculous and fun and over the top as a concept. If they had leaned into that instead of taking themselves so seriously and just played around with it, it could have been fantastic.

If they had really just let loose with how stupid the plot was and weren’t afraid to make fun of themselves too much, this movie could have been a lot more enjoyable.

I do feel like there were some external forces that may have hindered it a fair bit. For example, it not being released in cinemas definitely ruined the experience a bit. If this had taken place on a massive screen I could see it coming across a lot better.

Overall, it didn’t really feel like the culmination of the movies that came before it, the story was weak, and part of the ending came across as a copout, but it was still fun!

If you’re coming to this movie for plot, I don’t know what to tell you, but I wouldn’t recommend it. If you’re coming to this movie for action, it’s good, but there’s such long gaps between anything interesting, that I would suggest something else.

Watch This Movie If…

  • You like giant monsters fighting each other

  • You want to shut your brain off for two hours

  • You enjoy over the top special effects

  • You don’t care about plot

All images are taken from imdb

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