‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’ Review: An Entertaining Ride

Godzilla x Kong The New Empire Review

The beauty of cinema is that stories can be crafted in many ways. While some narratives focus on character development, others embrace blockbuster spectacle to deliver a fun experience. Directed by Adam Wingard, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire offers a feast of bombastic action but little to chew on if you are craving a well-written story. Even so, this is an entertaining ride worth the price of admission.

Journeying through the mysterious Hollow Earth, Kong must reunite with Godzilla as they combat an ancient threat unlike anything they have faced before. Besides the Titans themselves, the film stars Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Dan Stevens and Kaylee Hottle.

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is not going to win any awards for its script, nor will its characters be heralded as anything more than devices for plot progression. Rebecca Hall tries her best with the dialogue provided and Dan Stevens is quite enjoyable to watch, but there is little depth to their motivations. Because of this, the film’s first half is a bit of a mess. However, once the stage has been set with all the exposition in place, the movie’s real focus hits you in the face like a giant lizard smashing into a pyramid.

Although it would have been nice if the movie allowed its action to breathe a bit more, there is no doubt that the monster fights presented here are an absolute blast. Fueled by Tom Holkenborg and Antonio Di Iorio’s synth-heavy score, Godzilla x Kong shines where it matters most. Dripping in cheese but a pleasure to witness, the film captures the vision of a child’s action-figure fantasy in the best way possible.

A big part of the reason why the film succeeds in its spectacle is due to how it centres many scenes around visual storytelling. Some sequences follow Kong, with no words being spoken, yet we are able to understand his intent due to how the imagery is presented to us. On a more shallow level, much of the cinematography is astonishingly pleasing to witness. Props to Ben Seresin who helped bring to life these jaw-dropping Titans.

When you consider that Godzilla Minus One was released less than 6 months ago, it becomes abundantly clear that we are in a golden age of Godzilla cinema. In comparison, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire may not be a groundbreaking piece of storytelling but many viewers are sure to be extremely entertained when they watch this release on the biggest screen possible.