Adam Wingard, he of “V/H/S” and 2017’s “Death Note” brings two giants to the screen with Godzilla vs. Kong, for a healthy dose of bone-crunching action.
The short is this; Wingard does nothing wrong, Godzilla vs. Kong is very well directed, it takes a while for the two giants to meet, but from that point on it’s a non-stop, CGI-filled action fest, and it’s good.
It draws inspiration from a lot of what has gone before. Take a healthy dose of Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 Pacific Rim, some Jules Verne Journey to the Centre of the Earth inspiration, along with grabbing the Godzilla and Kong films of yore, and you’ve got what we see.
None of that is bad necessarily, it makes for a fun film, as where those that it takes from, just feels like it’s worth pointing out.
Together they track down Bernie, Brian Tyree Henry (“Joker”, “White Boy Rick”), a podcast host who works for Apex, a shadowy company run by Walter Simmons, Demian Bichir (“The Hateful Eight”, “Alien: Covenant”).
This company is up to no good, with Simmons and sidekick Ren, Shun Oguri (“No Longer Human”, “Rupan Sansei”), seemingly after something that they believe only Kong can lead them to. This brings them to Nathan, Alexander Skarsgard (“Big Little Lies (TV)”, “Long Shot”), a lecturer with a ‘crackpot’ theory about there being a land in the centre of the earth.
They must take Kong to the Artic, or Antarctic, I forget which, in order to follow him to the centre of the earth where some think they are taking him home, whilst others, such as Simmons’ daughter Maya, Eiza Gonzalez (“Baby Driver”, “Alita: Battle Angel”), are after something all so powerful.
Anyway, things don’t go quite to plan, either on the journey to the cold parts of the planet, or when they get there, or when they get to the destination, or generally from there onwards really.
The trio run around, trying to figure out what the hell is going on, Simmons (father) and Ren act all mysterious and covert, whilst Nathan, Ilene and Jia go with Kong wherever he goes, like his shadow, and gee him up when things aren’t going to plan.
As I said at the top, Godzilla vs. King is fun, quick and works, it’s one of those films we need right now, something to switch our brains off and watch, not think so hard about and generally have some fun.
Grab yourself some giant food and watch some giants going toe-to-toe.
1st April 2021
THE QUICK SELL
The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another - the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong - with humanity caught in the balance.
CAST & CREW
Adam Wingard, Alexander Skarsgård, Brian Tyree Henry, Eiza González, Eric Pearson, Julian Dennison, Max Borenstein, Michael Dougherty, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Shun Oguri, Terry Rossio, Zach Shields