Monday, May 6, 2024

Just a few quick thoughts on Godzilla X Kong : The New Empire (2024)

Follow up to 2021's Throw down between the two titans has the pair teaming up when Kong discovers that he isn't the only giant ape left and that the leader of the apes is evil and want's to take over the surface world.

This is more a King Kong film than a Godzilla film. Almost the whole film is focused on Kong's reconnecting with his lost family. Godzilla only shows up now and again to beat up other monsters. While Big G doesn't have a lot of screen time in the earlier films, this is the first one in the current series where it's nominally his film, but he isn't the focus. This is all Kong. It's not a bad thing, but the title promises more than we get.

This is the point at which the Monsterverse jumps the shark. While the film is absolutely entertaining from start to finish, the series is now just Hollywood silliness The serious edge of the earlier films in the series is completely gone. This is just mindless action just because watching giant monsters destroy things is a fun. There is no effort to make them really work in the real world (or consideration of the damage they are causing). That may not sound like much, but having seen GODZILLA MINUS ONE a few months ago, I found that I prefer the more serious discussions that the Godzilla films kick up.  Yes I love the battles but I want something more as well.

My bitching aside this is a fun film. It's mindless action of the best sort. It's giant clashes and good human characters. I had a blast seeing this on a recent afternoon when I was just killing time in Pittsburgh.


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