The Spring of Sci-Fi Review #13
Godzilla vs. Kong, directed by Adam Wingard, is an improvement over the last installment in the MonsterVerse. Set five years after Godzilla defeated Ghidorah, scientists working for Monarch have been keeping Kong under security so Godzilla wouldn’t come to challenge him. Bernie Hayes (Brian Tyree Henry) is a conspiracy theorist and podcaster working for Apex Cybernetics and is present as Godzilla attacks the facility where he works. Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown) is a fan of his podcasts and believes that Godzilla isn’t attacking without reason, given that he has helped humanity in the past. Fearing for Kong’s life and wanting to stop subsequent Godzilla attacks, a group of scientists, played by Rebecca Hall, Alexander Skarsgard, and Eiza Gonzalez, venture into the center of the Earth to help Kong locate an energy source powerful enough to stop the rampaging Godzilla.
The human characters in this movie are no better than any of the other three installments but like Kong: Skull Island, director Adam Wingard uses them to help further the goofy and fun science fiction plot. King Kong serves as the real protagonist in this movie, and Godzilla is the primary antagonist (well, until a certain mecha shows up), and I think this addition helps make the film much more enjoyable. Instead of the monsters serving the human plots, the humans are serving the monster plot. The action in this movie is fun to watch as well. Watching Godzilla and Kong duke it out in neon lighting was a joy to watch. The other part I enjoyed was the Jules Verne-like plot where the characters Journey to the Center of the Earth. I thought that added a fun and creative sci-fi element that I wasn’t expecting.
Godzilla vs. Kong doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but who wants that from one of these movies. Most importantly, this movie is fun. It isn’t dragged down by a boring human plot that adds nothing to the film, and it takes what made the other films work and applies them to this movie uniquely and entertainingly. So, if you want to watch a giant atomic lizard and a massive gorilla beat the hell out of each other, look no further than Godzilla vs. Kong.