Godzilla vs Kong is not a great movie. I mean, they can't write a good movie to save their life, seems like. This is so ridiculous, but I will say... it has its moments. Not very many, but a few. And for me it was worth seeing just for that aquatic battle in the beginning. That was the best part. Anyway, hard to justify paying to see this, but I liked parts of it. It could have been so much better. Some of the themes in the Monsterverse films- the idea of ancient creatures as part of a hierarchy of monsters, the Hollow World idea, the Monarch organization that monitors these threats- they have a lot to work with? And they always blow it. Plus they have some good actors who are tragically under-used. I think Kyle Chandler is in this movie for a whole two minutes?
Still, I think this one is worth it also for the Kong/ Jia dynamic. Jia is a young girl from Skull Island who- spoiler- communicates by sign language with Kong. Other reviewers have noted she may be the best part of the movie, and I kinda agree. Some of the actors in this movie, again, are quite good- I mean Alexander Skarsgard is in this one- but they are, again, under- used. And Godzilla himself has no personality. I went into this movie rooting for Godzilla
because I'm ten because I've a soft spot for the old movies, but Kong here gets way more screen time and actually develops, if minimally, as a character.
I was rooting for Kong as a character by the end, and the dynamic that he develops with the big G was nice, but G needs more. The Monsterverse movies are at a crossroads- no one knows if there will be more, and to be honest as bad as the writing/ story is, there probably shouldn't be any more. But who doesn't love Godzilla and smash em ups? There's sooo much potential here, it's a shame really.
Again, there are seeds of a good story here. I would have loved to see the Hollow World be more like Jurassic Park instead of a dull CGI- scape, and I would have liked to see these characters develop more. Monarch is such a cool idea and absolutely nothing is done with it here. So while this movie is hardly essential, I still enjoyed it- a little- for the monster brawls and the budding dynamic between the big G and Kong.