So I’m a few days late, but I just finished Godzilla vs Kong, a movie I’ve been hype about since I saw Skull Island in theaters. I love monster movies, they remind me of my favorite video game from middle school War of The Monsters. My one complaint with monster movies, is the same as my complaint with Transformers, certain comic films, etc. These types of projects used to be referred to as “popcorn flicks”, then later called “blockbusters”, and now called “event” films. Many in Hollywood seem to have a problem with these films in a post MCU era, and some seek to humanize them. That line of thinking is what causes flops like the 2005 King Kong with Jack Black, or every Transformers movie after the second one. The problem? Too much human, not enough “the thing we bought a ticket to see”. I don’t care about the sad divorced wife in King of Monsters, or the terrorists with really weird motivations, I just want to see Godzilla shoot his atomic breath and roar at a big monster.
This may be the very first monster movie to get the balance completely right. In all honesty, this is the best application of the MCU formula (aside from the MCU itself). Bringing back characters from both of the previous films and giving them important, yet not distracting, roles to play in the plot. I was able to enjoy their time on screen unlike previous films where I couldn’t wait for them to go away. The action, story, character motivations and everything else in this film is honestly perfect for a blockbuster monster movie. I enjoyed every second, even when I could predict what was coming, because that’s the point of movies like this. We don’t watch these to feel something, be left guessing at Easter eggs, or receive social commentary, we watch because the idea of King Kong punching Godzilla in the face is fucking awesome, and this movies absolutely delivers that awesomeness.