Godzilla vs. Kong: A Bloated, Boring Mess
By Antonio Luevanos
Godzilla vs. Kong is the latest and most popular movie to come out to HBO Max, as part of Warner Bros’ 2021 slate of films. The movie as a whole seems to be fairly polarizing, with some people appreciating the film for being self-aware of the lazily written human-character stories, whilst some see it as another Hollywood cash-grab.
The film does do some clever things. Humanizing King Kong and effectively making him more of an actual character, with having the audience sympathize with him is pretty impressive, in theory. But it’s only done well to an extent. At the end of the day, it’s hard to become emotionally invested with a character that is entirely intriguing for the fact that they are a massive, dangerous titan. Godzilla in the movie is utterly disappointing and lifeless.
The fight scenes honestly leave much to be desired, and although some people praise the film for providing non-stop fight scenes, I personally think there is a severe and offensive lack of action for a movie which concept is to have a giant CGI battle on the big screen. At the end of the day, the fight scenes are scarce, and I couldn’t care less who prevails because of how ineffective the story is.
And that’s the biggest, glaring problem with the movie: nobody cares about these boring, lazily written, and poorly portrayed human characters, and yet they are constantly forced down the audience’s throats, with a desperate attempt to get people invested. It’s an inane idea, considering most people see the movie only for the fight scenes, which are unfortunately also lazy and offensively scarce. The film is boring, it’s horridly paced, and feels like an eternity even though it’s not even 2 hours long.
It’s a lifeless, offensive, poorly executed cash-grab. Hollywood continues to provide nothing of substance, style or even anything resembling a film that feels genuine. This is a film that is utterly too long, too boring, and really is something that provides nothing to the audience worth anything. It’s not worth your time or your money.