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What a fun ride! The goals of Godzilla Vs. Kong were no doubt accomplished. A film like this isn’t really meant to have deep characters or overly sophisticated philosophies; it’s main purpose is to serve as a fun entertaining spectacle.
What Godzilla Vs. Kong lacks in dialogue and character development it more than makes up for in action and visual effects. These are definitely some of the most phenomenal special effects I’ve ever witnessed. On top of the dazzling effects and electric action, there’s also some unique ideas presented here, like the origin of the Titans for instance. All in all, this is a very well made Titan film that is sure to have just about anyone entertained.
The looks of Kong and Godzilla are near perfection, the people responsible for creating their onscreen appearance are deserving of high praise indeed. The most impressive aspect about Kong is the way they’re able to give him such expressionistic facial movements.
What’s even better than Kong and Godzilla is the absolutely breathtaking other worldly look of “Hollow Earth”, which is the destination of the main mission that takes place. I actually gasped a few times during those scenes because the visuals are truly incredible. They put a lot of creativity into that aspect of Godzilla Vs. Kong which I greatly appreciate because it makes things so much more interesting.
Having unique interesting plot details in films like this is always great because these monster flicks can become redundant and boring if you don’t make real efforts to spice things up. I really liked that the writers did make efforts to make the plot about more than just two angry titans duking it out – that would have been a very tedious film to sit through. Again, no one is expecting deep thought provoking material in a film of this kind, with that being said, I thought the plot was overall pretty well done. They threw in some new stuff to keep things fresh.
The dialogue between characters is kind of silly, but since that really isn’t a top priority here, it’s pretty easily forgiven. Luckily, there isn’t a lot of time for the characters to talk to one another. I liked the cast and their performances better than I thought I would. I expected relatively flat performances to be honest as sometimes actors have a temptation to phone it in in films like this.
The standout here is hands down Kaylee Hottle as the child that has formed a bond with Kong and is able to communicate with him. I was impressed with her ability as a child actor to convey some pretty deep emotion. Her performance is very grounded and has a lovely tenderness to it.
I also liked Rebecca Hall’s performance as Kong’s main caretaker. Hall is a proven talent and here she comes across as both likeable and caring. Her chemistry with Hottle is great too, she is very much a mother figure to her.
Unfortunately, Alexander Skarsgard doesn’t get a lot of opportunity here to really make an impact, but his performance isn’t by any means bad, it’s just that other characters carry a heavier weight than he does.
Millie Bobby Brown gives a decent performance reprising her role from Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Her acting abilities are better showcased in something like Enola Holmes, but she does what is asked of her here and never comes across as wooden. Kyle Chandler and Elza Gonzalez are really the only ones whose performances are lacking.
Chandler has very little screen time but the time he does have he doesn’t put to very good use and Gonzalez’s performance is just too over the top. Gonzalez over emotes and comes across as somewhat cartoony at times, she needed to adjust things. I’m not a die hard fan of this brand like some are and I still liked this a lot. I’ve heard some say that only fans of this material will like this but I don’t think that’s accurate.
Godzilla Vs. Kong is a visually captivating thrill ride that I recommend you take for a spin. You won’t believe some of the effects!
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