Review – Godzilla vs. Kong

Leave your thinking caps at home.

This was a cinematic experience, a rollercoaster-like experience, but nonetheless something that should be seen on a big screen with loud speakers. Every time Godzilla or Kong walk your seat should shudder. With every insane genre set-piece you should feel like you’re about to enter a photosensitive seizure (honestly my wife with Epilepsy cannot watch this film). Godzilla vs. Kong is the blockbuster a Covid-19 world needs.

Devoid of human stories this is a true tale of titans. I was amazed, shocked even that Kong, the King of Skull Island, had an emotional journey and character arc. This film is his journey of discovery and understanding. It’s incredible where movies have progressed to. I sat in the cinema, mouth agape, just in awe of what was unfolding. Godzilla on the other hand is this absolute. Like mother nature he is inevitable and his presence is like that of typhoon. 

If someone could enter the mind of someone like Jules Verne or H.G. Wells and deliver their wildest fantasies they would possibly deliver something like this film. This is not sci-fi but actually science fantasy. Don’t apply logic to this film because it won’t stick and it doesn’t honestly need to. Context is everything when you’re watching a movie. What is the film trying say? What is it trying to elicit emotionally? Godzilla vs. Kong is out and out just trying to entertain you.

This is an unashamed blockbuster but with a key difference to a crossover of this magnitude. The film is only 1 hour and 53 minutes long. That’s no time at all when compared to other huge films of this ilk. It’s almost concerning how short it is but it somehow manages to stay comprehensible. Warner Bros. has a habit of cutting down movies to 2 hours despite their director’s best efforts. Godzilla vs. Kong works though and I think it’s better for it.

I am positive that a longer version of the film exists. But what would it add? The human characters would still be hollow people. We would maybe know a little bit more about this batshit crazy world. But this isn’t a film that’s on the ground floor like the three other MonsterVerse movies. The human element is almost irrelevant apart from serving as plot drivers. And I didn’t want more from the human characters of this film, I just wanted Kaiju on Kaiju action.

If you go into this movie with the right mindset then you’re in for a great time. This was one of my favourite cinema experiences ever. I was in a sold out cinema and everyone was picking up what this film was putting down. Typically Australian cinemas are rather muted when it comes to audiences. Comedies are an exception and monumental blockbusters do get some noise. This, however, was a raucous whirlwind from minute one. I’ve never seen audience interaction like that before. 

This is the first truly bombastic blockbuster post-covid and I think people are really ready for it. If you can see this safely at a cinema then please do so. This movie is like drinking a slurpee through your eyeballs. It’s neon, hyper and gluttonous. This is the fast food of film, you don’t need it but you kind of want it anyway. I think cinema can be many things and meet many needs.

Godzilla vs. Kong is a hugely entertaining popcorn movie and that’s what I needed: ★★★★

Written by Benjamin Boekelaar