Godzilla vs Kong (2021) Review

Whoever brought this idea to the table deserves a raise because, lets be honest, plotline and creative integrity aside who doesn’t want to see two behemoths go to war. The entertainment factor of this film concept derives almost solely from the sheer amount of chaos and destruction that the producers can possibly shove into it’s two hour span and to be completely honest on that front Godzilla vs Kong actually does pretty well.

Godzilla vs Kong reawakens the franchise and injects some of the Japanese  films' spirit, without the substance - ABC News

There really isn’t much context provided regarding the state of affairs leading to the events of the film but in many ways that is absolutely fine, all we need to know is that Kong and Godzilla are existing in the same space and for whatever reason they need to be contained and kept away from each other to avoid all out war. That is until Godzilla starts attacking the humans for no apparent reason and so they decide the weaponize Kong and roll him out in an attempt to stop Godzilla, little to their knowledge it is a group of humans behind the entire thing (surprising right).

There are two main ‘plotlines’ that occur in the film and realistically they are just sidepiece necessities that are just there to somewhat justify the chaos of Godzilla and Kong going at it. Whilst these aren’t terrible the cuts to the Millie Bobby Brown and Julian Dennison plotline most of the time feel somewhat unnecessary and could probably have been compacted down further so that the audience could be back into the main action. That being said it was good to have some sort of character arcs occurring alongside those of Godzilla and Kong’s which helped explain the entire situation as it unfolded, they just at times seemed somewhat unnecessary and a misuse of time.

All of this in mind the casting for the film was well done and though at times Julian Dennison and Shun Oguri felt a little stiff, the rest of the cast and particularly Rebecca Hall and Kaylee Hottle put in notable performances, nothing mind-blowing but certainly good enough for the film.

Now to the main point, the fight scenes in Godzilla vs Kong were quite simply everything that could’ve been asked for and more. The visually were mind blowing and the sheer amount of destruction and chaos was pushed to the absolute maximum for this one, which is the exact thing that makes the film. Realistically nobody was going to this one for the plot, sure it was a nice little added bonus but the make or break was always going to be in the battles themselves and they seemed to succeed on every front nearly every time. Buildings, homes, warships and everything else in the way of Kong and Godzilla fell like they were nothing as the two giants went to war, it removed the need for a fantastic plotline savior and was exactly what you’d expect to see upon seeing the title.

You don’t need to know anything about the backstories of Kong, Godzilla or any of the characters to enjoy this film and that is arguably it’s greatest success. It takes into account the need for a decent plot whilst clearly prioritizing the Godzilla-Kong conflict that the audience is obviously there to see.

The twist at the end of the film was surprising enough to still be called a twist and the ending was (whilst not necessarily the most satisfying) able to put a nice bowtie on the chaos of the previous two hours.

Is this a top quality creative endeavor that pushes the boundaries of film to create something meaningful and lasting? No, but that was never the intention of Godzilla vs Kong and for a film revolving solely around two giant creatures fighting it out it actually handles that side of things considerably well. Jaw-droppingly good effects and visuals make the absolute destruction of Godzilla vs Kong all the more satisfying to watch and with a decent plotline and cast behind it the work certainly has it’s flaws, but generally comes out firing on most fronts.

7.5/10

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