The return of cinema released blockbusters means audiences are back to seeing the big budget action productions that have been so dearly missed over the last year. Initially set to release late in 2020, Godzilla vs. Kong, like many major productions from the year was pushed back and released in 2021. The highly anticipated sequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters has two of the most famous beasts fighting against one another, and humans fighting for their survival.
Most of the cast from the first two films in the Godzilla series returns for Godzilla vs. Kong. Led by Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Alexander Skarsgård and Rebecca Hall, the main cast takes a step back and allows the focus to be placed on the rivalry between Godzilla and Kong. The established human characters do not have much development, which is intentional, as the main characters are the beasts themselves. Previous adaptations of the famous Godzilla and Kong stories have failed to capture the sheer magnificence of the characters, but Godzilla vs. Kong will leave viewers satisfied with the amount of detail put into these characters and their backstories.
Visually, the film is remarkable. The large-scale budget gave a platform for director Adam Wingard to shine. Fight scenes are lengthy, but exciting regardless. The stakes are at a high, which makes for a tension filled experience. Whether you are a Godzilla fan, a King Kong fan or a neutral, you will be on the edge of your seat right until the very end. Whenever the film begins to slow down there is an intense action scene to recover the viewers’ attention. The pacing at times is slightly jarring, with scenes jumping from slow and dialogue heavy to action packed within seconds, but ultimately the visual effects and cinematography engages the viewer and regains the action in a fast paced and exciting way.
The fast-paced nature of the film makes the 113-minute run time feel closer to 90 minutes. The events of the film and expositional dialogue is thrusted onto the viewer rapidly, making it hard for all the information to process. The pacing of the film does feel too quick from time to time. There are multiple scenes that feel like a blur, because of how fast the film is moving. A possible adjustment to the run time may have suited the film. Important information is lost because of how hurried the story is, but if more screen time was spent with the characters and supplying information, the story would have been much easier to understand and follow.
The return of the action blockbusters is a welcome one. Godzilla vs. Kong is a messy, far from perfect film, but it is just what moviegoers needed. A battle between two of the most memorable film beasts of all time, and thankfully it lives up to the hype it gathered.
Movie Review By Felix Baldassi-Winderlich