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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is Oversized Fun, Even With a Convoluted Plot

Just less human characters next time please.

We finally get the first blockbuster-tier film of the year and most of us are watching it at home on HBO Max.

Godzilla vs. Kong is meant to be seen on a big screen not for the tiny humans trying to churn out a comprehensible plot, but for the showdown of two titans.

Godzilla gets top billing – but this is Kong’s story.

Four years after the release of Kong: Skull Island, we fast forward nearly 50 years into the future to see a wearier and more isolated Kong. Storms have overrun the island and he’s now contained to a weather-set dome where scientists at Monarch can monitor him. The only one that communicate with him is Jia (Kaylee Hottle): a deaf girl and the last native of the island.

On the other side of the world, Godzilla – who has been dormant since he became King of the Monsters – has just randomly attacked the Apex Cybernetics facility in Hong Kong.

The people trying to defend Godzilla are naturally a conspiracy theorist podcaster (Brian Tyree Henry), Godzilla advocate/scientist’s daughter (Millie Bobby Brown) and the kid from Deadpool 2. They’re essentially Team Godzilla and Rebecca Hall and her adopted daughter are Team Kong.

We learn that these titans have been sworn enemies since the beginning of time, and once Kong leaves that bubble – Godzilla will attack to secure his place as the top titan.

But since Godzilla = bad, scientists must transport Kong to Antarctica where he they will enter Hollow Earth – basically the center of the earth/ancient kingdom – to discover a power source that can stop Godzilla.

What else can I say about the plot without typing more words than necessary other than it has too many characters for its own good. I mean, Kyle Chandler and Alexander Skarsgård are in this and all they are there to do is look confused.

The little girl is the only redeeming human factor and enriches Kong’s story.

The central theme of humans messing everything up rings true and makes the heavy interactions between Godzilla and Kong all the more worth it when they come around.

Director Adam Wingard is great at framing their interactions and the larger battle to give us every angle of the action. Its cartoonish, yet unironically epic. The lighting that basks around them in their climatic fight feels like a videogame moment in all its retro glow.

The posters have been teasing “one will fall” which turns out to be accurate, but not in the way you may think.

Who knows where the monster movie goes from here, but I can’t wait to see the next one up on a big screen.

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