Two alpha titans can’t exist at the same time – so Godzilla and Kong have to fight for dominance in Adam Wingard’s action-packed blockbuster.
If you’ve seen Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island, you’ll be fully primed and ready to go with Godzilla vs. Kong.
The film, which serves as a sequel to both of those movies, stars Alexander Skarsgard as Nathan, a former Monarch geologist who has been hired to move Kong from the safety of his giant dome on Skull Island, where he is looked after by Ilene (Rebecca Hall) and her deaf adopted daughter Jia (Kaylee Hottle), into the Hollow Earth, the true home of the titans, to retrieve an energy source to supposedly stop Godzilla’s seemingly unprovoked attacks.
It should come as no surprise that the plot of this CGI beast extravaganza is threadbare, contrived, and doesn’t make a tonne of sense, so don’t go in expecting a solid screenplay, well-rounded characters, or any sort of depth.
This is all about action and spectacle and it’s fully aware that it’s mindless fun.
For those of you who generally zone out during action sequences, here’s the good news – these ones are really well choreographed and are so cool they capture the attention and hold it.
None of Godzilla and Kong’s fights outstay their welcome and the decision to have the main fight take place in the centre of Hong Kong, with the beasts being lit up by neon skyscrapers, was smart.
The stakes aren’t super high because you know the bosses at Warner Bros. would never kill such a profitable property off but it’s still great fun to watch.
It’s surprising so many big names signed up to this film considering how dull and wafer thin the characters are.
Hall and Hottle have slightly more substance thanks to their relationship with Kong, but Skarsgard, Demian Bichir, as the CEO of Apex Cybernetics, and Eiza Gonzalez, as his daughter, get so little to do. Brian Tyree Henry and Julian Dennison – who team up with Millie Bobby Brown to investigate what Apex is up to – were the only ones who tried to inject personality and humour into their characters, but overall, the human scenes are so flat and lifeless in comparison to the action.
Godzilla vs. Kong, directed by Adam Wingard, is much better than you would ever expect it to be.
If you just embrace the silly spectacle, you will have a great time. See it on a big screen if you can because it looks amazing.
Available for premium rental at home now.
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