The week before last we took a short break from our series binge watching to have a movie night. I declared a movie night and my wife brought home Red Vines and popcorn from the store and I cooked up some hot dogs so that we could simulate something of a theater experience.
The reason for this was the premiere of Godzilla vs Kong which, in addition to landing in theaters, was available on HBO Max so we could watch it from the comfort of our own couch, avoiding the ongoing pandemic and all that.
I am not a huge fan of such movies, though I am pretty sure I saw all of the early Godzilla movies, they being something of a staple of Sunday afternoon television for the low budget UHF channels in the area back when I was a kid. But I was okay with the 2014 remake of Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island was another good Friday night movie at our house, complete with Samuel L. Jackson. And I have tried to make Friday night movies a thing around our house, favoring mindless action and explosions and such, so the premiere of Godzilla vs Kong seemed like the right moment to revive this idea.
Let me just say up front that this is a dumb movie and trying to think too hard or force logic on it is a futile effort.
But that aside, the whole thing spectacular in a very raw and visceral way. There is a story there… and a too complex by half story at that… but the film makes no bones as to what it is about. Godzilla shows up and wrecks some of Florida while the team watching over Kong declares that the two will end up fighting in less than ten minutes.
And fight they do. This is what the film is about. Giant monsters fighting and smashing stuff. They fight at sea, with Kong and Godzilla duking it out on the deck of an aircraft carrier.
Kong fights stuff in the secret center of the earth, where giant monsters seem to live, with perhaps the best grab and smash routine since Hulk smashed Loki repeatedly in one of the MCU films. Then, after Kong somehow jumps through a hole Godzilla burned into the center of the Earth… don’t think, just roll with it… Kong and Godzilla go at it again, destroying most of Hong Kong as they fight in the middle of the city.
And, of course, there is an evil corporation involved who have built their own Pacific Rim-esque Jaeger which has to get into the mix for the finale.
When it was over my wife was shaking her head at just how dumb the whole movie was, which I had to admit was true, but my own reaction was that I wish I had seen it on a big screen in a theater. This is the sort of mindless spectacle that was made for a huge screen in a dark room full of strangers.
Godzilla vs Kong delivered exactly what I expected, with the effects dialed up to eleven.
And, because it appeared on HBO Max with the premiere, Honest Trailers already has their video about it up and ready.
It contains spoilers, but if you’re not going to watch the film anyway, this will dig into its essentially silliness.