Godzilla vs. Kong knows exactly what it is: a movie about two building-sized creatures duking it out with reckless abandon in various extravagant settings. Fortunately, it plays to its strengths and plays to them well.
The latest in the ‘Monsterverse’ series, Godzilla vs. Kong promises to see the two titular characters, rather, titans, face off in glorious, city-destroying combat.
Suffice it to say, the film delivers on this promise completely, with stunning explosions, a boisterous score, comedic quips aplenty, and a show-stopping third fighter that release trailers have dropped some enticing hints about (read: the one and only Mechagodzilla).
The cast is as large as the action, with Millie Bobby Brown, Alexander Skarsgård, and Rebecca Hall rounding out the film’s main ‘serious’ roles.
However, what gives the film its necessary hilarity are its fantastic comic-relief characters, including Bryan Tyree Henry’s conspiracy-theorising monster podcast host and Julian Dennison’s perpetually-paranoid sidekick to Bobby Brown’s character.
Godzilla vs. Kong doesn’t ask much more of its audience than to simply sit back, laugh, and enjoy the carnage, and is a guaranteed good time for preexisting monster-lovers and newcomers alike.
Reviewed by PAtrick McKenzie