Godzilla vs. Kong ★★★
Updated: Apr 3, 2021
Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry
In the left corner, a great big laser-shooting lizard with an attitude problem; and in the right corner, a wise, old gorilla with a record setting leap ability.
This film promised to be a couple of big things having a scrap, and it is exactly that.
A huge problem with films concerning these two monsters in the past has been their necessity to focus on human lives, when let's be honest, we really don't care about them. And yes Godzilla vs. Kong does still try to make you care about the human characters, but it seems to realise that its' audience just wants to see the big monkey punch the big lizard.
The visual effects are pretty damn fine here and the fight sequences were excellently displayed because of it. The soundtrack was booming too with an exceptional opening number to reintroduce us to one of the titular titans. But this is still what it says it is on the tin; with little excitement in plot and little movement on character stereotypes or interesting narrative choices.
The concept goes a bit haywire in the middle third of the film too, and interest definitely does sag.
If you read the title and think, "yeah do you know what that's a bit of me" then stick it on, because you're guaranteed to enjoy. However, if the idea of a gorilla hitting a lizard for 2 hours isn't your idea of a perfect Friday night, then I really would steer clear.
Godzilla vs. Kong available now on PVOD for £15.99