Here’s the thing about these giant kaiju movies. They’re usually not good in the strictest sense of the word. But they are movies about monsters the size of skyscrapers walking around, causing problems and if that’s what you want, they usually deliver. So maybe words like good and bad don’t quite apply in the same way to these movies that they do to, say, the next Scorsese feature. The old “it is what it is” stamp is a little overused, but if giant monster movies are what you’re after, they usually are what they are, and that’s not so bad.
Case in point Godzilla VS. Kong, a movie ostensibly releasing in March that we’ve seen very little of so far. This movie has been teased since 2014’s Godzilla relaunch, which was followed by 2017’s Kong: Skull Island Vietnam War period piece and 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. These were all varying degrees of entertaining but, like we said, there were enormous beasties aplenty throughout, so how boring could they possibly be? And now, we’ve got what amounts to this franchise’s Captain America: Civil War: the throw down to end them all. In one corner, the radioactive monstrosity whose thinly veiled jab at nuclear development never got quite as popular as its awesome ability to lay waste to huge cities with impunity, Godzilla. On the other side, premium primate beast who ’twas killed by beauty and kept coming back for more, King Kong.
— Godzilla vs Kong (@GodziIIaVSKong) January 18, 2021
What else do you need to know? There’s a cast, which includes Millie Bobby Brown, Alexander Skarsgard, Danai Gurira, Lance Reddick, Jessica Henwick, Rebecca Hall and Bryan Tyree Henry. It’s directed by Adam Wingard, most famous for horror movies like You’re Next and The Guest. But really, the director and even the stars are second-billing to our monster pals. The movie is coming out March 26 in both theaters and on HBO Max.