Monday, April 5, 2021

Movie Review: "Godzilla vs. Kong"

"Godzilla vs. Kong" is all the spectacle you could want in a Kaiju showdown. The battle royales are lit up by the sun or the neon lights of downtown Hong Kong. Nobody is trying to mask shoddy CGI here, folks.

Anyone looking for more than two titans facing off against the backdrop of human devastation needs to check their expectations at the door. THIS is a monster movie, plain and simple. Is there a human story here? Yes, but does it really matter? The screenwriters did what they needed to do to inject a framework around "Godzilla vs. Kong," but in the end all we really want to see are the smackdowns.

Sure, the human performances and dialogue are a bit wooden at times in "Godzilla vs. Kong." Let me be clear by saying this is not a shot at ALL the human performances. What's spectacular is the amount of emotion we can see in the faces of Godzilla and Kong. It truly is amazing how far we've come in the area of CGI. Personally, I'm fine with a little give and take here. Nothing is ever truly perfect.

As far as content is concerned, there's not much in "Godzilla vs. Kong" to offend anyone. We may get some profanity and the expected violence. Aside from that, families will find it a fun film to cheer and jeer at.

Adam Wingard and company should be proud of what they've created with "Godzilla vs. Kong." Here is a great movie that doesn't overstay its welcome. We're not over-burdened with filler or stuffing to pad a longer and more "epic" runtime. Honestly, wouldn't we all just rather pay 10 or 15 bucks to just watch a bunch of monsters destroy junk for an hour? Who REALLY needs all the human distractions anyway? There. I said it.