Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs. Kong is the latest film of the Warner Bros. cinematic Monsterverse. In case you couldn’t tell from the title, the film pits two of the most iconic screen monsters of all time against one another. It features a whacky plot supported by wonderful performances and massive spectacle. All elements come together to deliver a successful film that’s crazy, stupid, fun.
Plot Twists and Turns
Godzilla vs. Kong has a plot straight out of classic science fiction films. Rather than getting into the nuts and bolts, the filmmakers decided to drop the audience right into the thick of it. The film’s plot has a few holes and is also highly predictable. Audiences that pay attention should have no problems piecing things together. In a film featuring two destructive monsters at war, these points show that the plot is the least important element of the film’s success.
One of the main drivers of Godzilla vs. Kong is the film’s cast. The film features a good mix of comedic and dramatic performances. The comedy comes mainly from Brian Tyree Henry (Bernie) and Julian Dennison (Josh). Both actors have a zeal for comedic timing. Millie Bobby Brown (Madison) brings the energy and force that she’s known for in her roles. The film’s heart belongs to Kaylee Hottle (Jia). From an all Deaf-family, the young actress signs throughout the film with no spoken lines but is full of emotion. Her physical performance and facial cues give the film its soul and her performance will flat out melt your heart.
Massive Destructive Spectacle
The most entertaining aspect of Godzilla vs. Kong is its unapologetic destructive spectacle. With a film that features a showdown between King Kong and Godzilla, you want all the action you can get. The film delivers and serves up fist-swinging blows and megatons of destruction. Adam Wingard showcases his visual style with intense and complex action sequences. You get the feeling of being front row at a heavy-weight boxing match. If you were expecting lots of action and spectacle, you will not be disappointed.
Regardless of who you root for, Godzilla vs. Kong showcases both characters in all their glory for a massively entertaining popcorn film.