The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another – the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong – with humanity caught in the balance.

Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza Gonzalez, Julian Dennison, Lance Reddick, Kyle Chandler, Demian Bichir, Kaylee Hottle  

Directors: Adam Wingard
Writers: Eric Pearson (screenplay by), Max Borenstein (screenplay by), Terry Rossio (story by), Michael Dougherty (story by), Zach Shields (story by)

If you’re watching Godzilla vs. Kong, I’m sure you want to see two giant CGI creatures throw-down. Here’s the good news, they do just that: Godzilla and Kong fling each other into buildings, cleave at each other with sharp claws and nearly tear one another apart. No spoilers on the victor, of course. It’s good fun. However, much like Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the human characters get a lot of attention, but those characters are plain boring and are an annoying distraction. 

The set-up here is pretty straight forward, with some fantastic sci-fi jargon thrown in for a good mix. Godzilla attacks an American city seemingly unprovoked (think about that). Apex, an American corporation, who are undoubtedly the good guys (sarcasm), decide they need to follow through on a theory about the hollow earth. It’s the idea that Godzilla, Kong and other giants come from some secret location in the earth’s centre. And so they get Kong off his island to help lead them there. Godzilla grabs a quick whiff of the giants ape scene, however, and is ready to throw-down. And if you’ve seen Godzilla: King of the Monsters, you really can’t blame the lizard for being a bit un-trusting of other big creatures. 


Along for this journey are a hollow earth scientist played by Alexander Skarsgård, a Kong expert played by Rebecca Hall who lived on Skull Island, and a young girl played by Kaylee Hottle who’s formed a unique bond with Kong. 

On the other side of the world, you have Millie Bobby Brown returning from Godzilla: King of the Monsters, who’s teamed up with Julian Dennison and Brian Tyree Henry, who kind of mumbles a lot and acts weird cause he has a Godzilla conspiracy podcast. 

Of these two tandem stories, and the monsters themselves, it’s obvious Kong is the main character of the film, and as such, his three main human characters focus on the film. I have no idea why Millie Bobby Brown is back for this film. Don’t get me wrong, she’s excellent, but her group’s story adds nothing and felt completely unnecessary, other than to have characters from a previous film be present. They’re the comedic relief and a lead to an insight on the Apex corporation, but I would have preferred this time to either give me more Kong vs Godzilla fighting or build up the main human cast to be slightly more interesting. 

Most important, though, when the monsters fights happen, they’re a blast. Unfortunately, there are only two fights. You can see them both in the trailer. One’s about halfway into the movie, and the other the finale. Is this enough Godzilla vs Kong for a film that’s titled like a PPV match in the octagon? I don’t think so. We needed more, and you’ll want more.  

The CGI work and choreography of the fights are standout work for a monster film. There are several moments that just me thinking, “wow, that’s cool,” or chuckling at the ridiculousness of it all. My favourite fight moment has Kong throw something to distract Godzilla before pouncing on him from a building. It’s so stupid but a lot of fun — which for the most part, is what this movie is all about; being stupid fun.

With the shortest runtime of this Monster-verse so far, the film doesn’t get too bogged down in its silly plot to make you want to fast-forward to the good parts. It’s an enjoyable popcorn flick that I’m delighted I got to watch in the cinema, on the big screen with a crowd. I just wish there had been three rounds in this knockout fight, not two.