Godzilla vs Kong (2021)
Shallow Monsterverse fun
Godzilla vs Kong is a fairly empty movie. There’s very little depth and the story is mostly fueled by movie logic. Still, it’s a fun ride for what it is. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s the key to the financial success of the movie. In a time of pandemic shutdowns across the world, Godzilla vs Kong is a reminder of a different time. Watching a big empty blockbuster with giant monsters fighting each other is just what people need right now. It’s the closest most of us can get to the experience of a packed theatre before the pandemic.
Godzilla vs Kong sees Monarch move Kong from an artificial replica of Skull Island to Antarctica to pursue a ‘Hollow Earth’ theory. The theory suggests that the ancestral home of the titans is an ecosystem deep in the earth. Meanwhile, Godzilla is targeting and destroying APEX facilities across the world without any apparent reason. The APEX CEO is funding the Hollow Earth expedition and has his own secretive plans.
After at least a year without any movie theatre experience, I was ready for a new big blockbuster movie. My expectations were extremely low in terms of storyline and acting. All my expectations revolved around good CGI and big action sequences. Fortunately, Godzilla vs Kong delivered in those departments.
What I liked
The skeleton of the Godzilla vs Kong plot is pretty decent. It gives a good reason for the two titans to meet and sets up a much bigger Monsterverse moving forward. Having APEX use Kong to find Hollow Earth and having Godzilla try to stop APEX was a good move by the writers. In this way, both titans are driven by intuition instead of some implausible intelligence.
I didn’t realize how much I missed big CGI cinematic spectacles until the Godzilla vs Kong trailers were released. The movie doesn’t disappoint when it comes to this. Both the visual effects and cinematography are used to maximum effect. The CGI is impeccable and the creative angles and perspectives enhance the scale of the titans.
What I didn’t like
More often than not, big CGI blockbusters are all style, no substance. However, after the critical success of Avengers: Endgame and Zack Snyder’s Justice League, it’s hard to argue that they have to be. In fact, Godzilla vs Kong had a strong enough plot structure that there should have been some more substance to the movie. Instead, the whole experience felt empty. It was fun enough, but it could have been so much more.
Godzilla vs Kong asks its audience to ‘just go with it‘ far too often. The movie has a lot of coincidences and convenient resolutions to be plausible. Of course, a movie that features two giant monsters isn’t ever going to be real-world plausible. But there was enough room to add more Monsterverse plausibility.
Godzilla vs Kong is a fun movie. There’s no thinking involved and it doesn’t require you to pay attention to the details. Instead, the movie asks you to strap in and enjoy the ride. So if you’re looking for an easy watch with lots of CGI monsters and action sequences, this one’s for you.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures (2021)