This review is spoiler-free.
“Utterly stupid, campy fantasy sci-fi with ridiculous plot points and outrageous jumps in logic and believability… and I loved every second of it!” – This was initial Tweet after watching Godzilla vs Kong and I stand by it!
While the series, as a whole, hasn’t been a huge critical or commercial success, the films have been fairly consistent in terms of quality and artistic style. They have mostly entertained those who have taken the time to invest their time in them. For me, Godzilla: King of The Monsters remains the series best film to date, Godzilla vs Kong included. It was a stunningly beautiful movie. Some of the best things I have ever seen on the big screen came from that movie. So it was a little jarring here with Godzilla vs Kong, as they very much move away from the ‘grounded’ and artistic style and go for a more standard ‘Summer Blockbuster’ feel. With some of the camera shot choices, there was times when you felt like you was on a 3D ride, which was fun but still, a little strange given how the previous films were presented.
One of the constant criticisms directed at the Monsterverse is the impact and distractions of the human drama elements. I think there is some merit, at times, in this augment and I think in this movie, those on the side of #TeamGodzilla had very little impact or relevance on the story. Their story could have instead have been told through the eyes of the human villains, which would have given them more time to pad out their characters and place in the story.
My biggest gripe, which I first mentioned in the original trailer breakdown, remains that the scale of Godzilla and Kong is just wrong and it does not work. I’m all for the seed planting of Kong is still growing, that’s fine. But Godzilla has been shrunk.
If you want to see Godzilla and King Kong just go at it, then this film will tick that box! The fights are over-the-top and outlandish, but at the same time if you don’t take it seriously, you’ll have a great time watching these two icons going at it. They really play on the fantastical and nonsensical sci-fi elements and, again, if you just go with it, it works and it’s a lot of fun.
Godzilla vs Kong mixes up the series’ art style and delivers a heavy punch of fantastical popcorn over-the-top action with a huge tale whip of absurdity that ultimately leaves you feeling satisfied and entertained – just don’t take it seriously!