People watch a Godzilla or King Kong movie for the fight scenes and this movie has several. I especially loved the climax in Hong Kong which has Kong and Godzilla smashing, bashing and crashing against the glowing neon lights of the city. It’s this kind of cinema you wish you could watch on a HUGE IMAX screen. Genuinely spectacular stuff.
Unfortunately the fight scenes are too far and between a lot of storytelling baggage. There’s a real lack of human characters in this movie which wouldn’t be problematic had I watched this movie at the cinema, but the lack of character development has a real stench when watching it on your home TV.
Like in most disaster movies, you guess who’s going to die and it’s no surprise that Damien Bichir’s corrupt and nasty CEO Walter ends up biting the bullet. Then there’s the hot hunk on the block which is Alexander Skarsgard who is really just there to keep the mums happy. And there’s the barely legal-aged girl for the dad in Eiza Gonzalez who looks hot, but is really just there for sex appeal.
And, of course, there’s the cute kid - two in this case in terms of Millie Bobby Brown and Kaylee Hottle who are really there to add a bit of sickly sweet sentimental stickiness to all the big, bad bashing and smashing. I felt sorry for Rebecca Hall’s Ilene who is the only character with an inch of development, being the nurturing mother figure of the drama. She gives a poorly-written role her best shot and she’s a terrific actress.
I guess you could make some link to the idea of a world in crisis to the Covid-19 pandemic with scenes of people locked down having timely relevance. But, again, this kind of stuff was done better in ‘A Quiet Place’ (2018) and ‘Greenland’ (2021) recently. Those were much more realistic depictions of a global catastrophe.
I wanted to love ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’. It was almost my patriotic duty to - monster movies have been a boy love of mine since I first watched ‘Jurassic Park’ (1993). But ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is such a bore and a headache at that.
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