Both Kong and Godzilla are surly loners who just want to be left alone, according to the new series of Kong and Godzilla films. Where, though, is the fun in that? As a result, in Godzilla (2014) and Kong: Skull Island (2017), pesky humans attempted to either harness or remove their strength, with amusing results.
In this crossover, the notion that “humans are the only monsters” is revived, pitting the two titular species against each other.
The movie seems to be attempting to render “who will win?” the hook, which seems to overestimate how emotionally involved viewers are in the series based on the ads.
When viewed as a standalone film, this is somewhat more engaging than its predecessors, owing to the fact that it eventually abandons the ham-fisted family drama that both the 2014 origin film and Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (2019) sought to pass for Steven Spielberg’s emotional science-fiction in War Of The Worlds (2005).
Thankfully, the issue of “what do the monsters really want” is no longer a lingering mystery. Instead, Millie Bobby Brown’s Madison is involved with conspiracy theorists in a comedy-tinged heist plot. Nathan Lind, played by Alexander Skargard, is a disgraced scientist in an Indiana Jones-style adventure set in an alien world.
There’s so much going on that the film’s running time seems insufficient to keep all of the threads together, but it does look well-edited, with the added benefit of tight-choreographed monster battle action.