Directed by Adam Lingard, Godzilla vs Kong is the latest installment in WB’s monster-verse where the mighty Godzilla and King Kong finally face off.
Godzilla vs Kong is exactly what I expected it to be and nothing more. The movie knows what it must prioritize and does exactly that. What is surprising however, is the human subplots seem far more engaging than before. The central story is simple enough that it doesn’t invite poking holes in its logic. All in all, there are no unexpected disappointments and a few pleasant surprises.
Kept it Simple
There really isn’t much to analyze here apart from the monster action, which is great. The choreography itself is satisfying if not too exciting. There are very few scenes that genuinely surprised me, but even the stuff that seems obvious is still entertaining. Most of it comes from it the anticipation of seeing these two titans fight. The CGI remains the highlight with sequences that feel like a frightening sight. Kong especially has more time to shine here, with great detailing on his face and body. What I respect most, however, is how WB holds back on the action and doesn’t over milk it, so it doesn’t feel stale. All the big clashes are well spaced out, filled with probably the most emotionally investing humans yet.
Kong has clear motivations now. Everything he does makes sense rather than just being because we wish to see him fight Godzilla. At the center of that is Jia, played by Kaylee Hottle. Her interactions with Kong are basically the sole reason for some emotional levity to Kong and his actions. Their bond works well and most of it is because of how simple it is. Movies like these often tend to make things difficult for themselves by overcomplicating plots. This movie, however, uses it to its advantage and makes it work just right.
Not everything works though. Millie Bobby Brown and her team have a subplot that serves no purpose whatsoever. Apart from uncovering some information that would’ve made itself apparent with time anyway, her team makes no impact on the story. There is some occasional comedic relief that keeps things light-hearted. I don’t mean to imply she could be cut from the film. What I do hope is that if characters have so much screen-time, their actions should add something meaningful to the experience.
Godzilla vs Kong is arguably the best installment in WB’s monster-verse, not just because of battles that easily compensate for a predictable plot but also some good human moments.