Godzilla Vs. Kong is basically a remake of King Kong Vs. Godzilla from 1962, but there’s a little more depth as it’s part of a grander overarching story. Godzilla Vs. Kong is part of what’s known as the MonsterVerse. It’s the third Godzilla movie and the second King Kong movie in the series. All of which was leading up to this latest movie.
The fighting is great fun, however, it leaves the movie feeling empty, hollow if you will. It’s cool seeing Kong and Godzilla fighting in the city, but there’s nothing really there of human interaction. I loved the 2014 Godzilla and a large part of that is because it focused so much on the human aspect and how it was affecting everyone around. Godzilla Vs. Kong takes that all away.
When they fight, there’s no military around at all, there’s no real showing of people running and hiding, no police and EMTs trying to help civilians. There’s a CNN news scene and there’s one other scene later that quickly shows people running, but that’s about it. The world seems empty and it’s just the main characters and the monsters running around.
We get a couple of scenes with Kyle Chandler’s character, Dr. Mark Russell tracking what Godzilla is doing, but it’s nothing. It’s clear he’s only there to launch the subplot with his daughter, played by Millie Bobby Brown. Which, by the way, the subplot is completely useless and annoying and constantly gets in the way of everything the movie is trying to do.
The whole subplot is her taking her simp fat best friend (his role is so forgettable, I don’t remember his name) and tracks down some conspiracy theory podcaster that she listens to. This is supposed to be the comedy of the movie, but none of it’s funny. All of this could have been gutted from the movie and not much would change.
The main plot is more interesting but gets bogged down at times by some of the acting, the silly premise, and of course the subplot piggybacking on it. We have an evil mega-corporation that sees Godzilla and the other titans as a threat and wants to be able to neutralize them. So the main villain, the mega-corporation CEO (probably), played by Demián Bichir, goes and find a scientist that knows a thing or two about the center of the Earth, known as “Hollow Earth,” who’s played by Alexander Skarsgard.
This evil corporate CEO believes there’s untapped energy in the center of Earth and wants Skarsgard to get Kong to take them to it. He of course ends up wanting the power to use against the titans, such as Godzilla. Skarsgard meets with Rebecca Hall, who has been watching over Kong over the years, and a deaf little girl, who was on Skull Island until the whole population was wiped out except for her and now she’s basically the foster child of Hall’s character. Obviously, her character should not be there as it’s incredibly dangerous, but how else would we find out she taught Kong sign language?
All of this at face value was interesting, except the Hollow Earth stuff, that was silly, but it’s a movie about giant monsters fighting, so I went with it. The first half of the movie is pretty low-key as there’s only one big ocean fight. The second half is when the monsters do their thing and do it very well.
The main plot I liked, the subplot was useless and overall the acting was subpar, but I always find that expected in these movies. Even in the older Godzilla movies, the human characters weren’t great. The same can be said about some of the characters in King Kong movies.
A part of me would have liked to see more of Hollow Earth and Kong playing in it. I think there could have been another movie with that alone, but then Godzilla Vs. Kong would have been left with just the subplot and that’s not good at all. If you come to movies like this for the fights, it’s great, if you think you’re going to get great acting and a great plot, you’re looking in the wrong spot.