Godzilla vs Kong

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is the fourth instalment in the current series of battling beasts movies. Literally dozens of Godzilla films have been made as well as several featuring King Kong with both meeting before onscreen in two 1960’s Japanese flicks. ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is the first time they meet in an American made production with ensuing big budget and spectacle. Hollywood loves nothing better than seeing massive monsters cutting swathes of destruction. They get more than their fill in ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ – a ghoulishly enjoyable yarn where people scream and run from age old titans.

Rising from their respective depths, gargantuan beasties Godzilla and King Kong finally meet. Less than thrilled at their encounter is geologist Nathan (Alexander Skarsgard), who is trying to discover Kong’s origins. Assisting is Madison (Millie Bobby Brown), daughter of another geologist who wants to uncover the reasons for Godzilla’s existence. Discovering shady APEX Corporation’s involvement, they race against the clock to unravel a deadly conspiracy. As the countdown to disaster moves closer to conclusion, Godzilla and Kong fight for supremacy with powerful force.

If ever a movie does exactly what its title says, ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is it. Forget about strong characters and insightful plotting. The only kind of depth here is the watery/forestry depths from which the massive monsters derive. ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is dopey fun, not meant to be taken seriously and succeeds in being mindlessly entertaining.

Adam Wingard directs as well as one expects for this type of movie. Although the mechanical nature of the script shines through, Wingard gives it plenty of sparkling flair with comic-book colour. Even if the story is wafer-thin, the dazzling visuals are a feast for the eyes. Godzilla and Kong are expertly rendered, making them feel more dimensional than just simply roaring beasts. They more than over-shadow their human co-stars who simply stand and look amazed at the calamity around them.

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ is entertaining nonsense. Credit is due for taking its shallow premise and running with it to the hilt in gargantuan style. Those wanting to return to cinemas should see it on a big screen. With similar outings assured, the roar of the two monoliths should continue to drown out the bad dialogue such films have for years to come.

Rating out of 10: 6


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