Godzilla vs. Kong ★★★½

After many years of waiting and three movies building up to it, we have a new Godzilla vs. Kong movie. So how is it? It's colorful (literally, more neon colors than a modern day gaming PC in this movie, but that's not a bad thing!), fast, fun and with many exceptionally crowdpleasing action sequences. It delivers on the goods quickly and doesn't let up, going from epic sequence to epic sequence. There are also many small references to the 60's movie if you know what to look for.

Unfortunately I think the characters suffer a little bit. We have basically two "teams" with three characters in each, and let's just say that one team is vastly better developed, more interesting and more sympathetic than the other. The team I was hoping to root for was mostly just obnoxious and pointless, and I don't think you have to be a scientist to know which is which. Also, Eiza Gonzales mostly stands around looking sexy.. looking.. so.. sexy... but little else.

At just two hours long there is very little breathing room - that means that yes, this movie is frantic in hopping from moment to moment, action setpiece to action setpiece and environment to environment, but I wish it had a little bit more.. time. Visually it's gorgeous, the action setpieces were like overdosing on candy from Santa Claus himself, but that analogy is pretty fitting: this is basically a "kids" sci-fi action movie, especially compared to the more serious and "apocalyptic" tone of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. With just a bit more breathing room (maybe even just 10-15 minutes) and more.. appealing characters on one team, I think it would've balanced the movie a little bit and I think the.. in a word - awesome - action sequences would've felt even more impactful. Watching this was a bit like.."buildup buildup HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT SCI FI TWISTS HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT THE END", haha.

Still, it more than delivered on the insane action with Godzilla and Kong, completely kicking one anothers' asses in full speed. Yes, FULL. SPEED.

In short, the kid within will not leave disappointed, but if you wanted something a little less Skull Island and a little bit more King of the Monsters, leave that notion at the door. This movie throws colors, punches and twists at you at the speed of a gigantic banana from the fist of a hairy titan.