Godzilla vs. Kong ★★★

On my first attempt at watching GODZILLA VS. KONG, I got bored quickly and shut it off after half an hour. But the facts that I began at 1 AM likely contributed to it. Another factor is that the story is loaded with exposition, following small groups of people in subplots around the world, but nothing except spectacle hits home. Kyle Chandler, Demian Bichir - excellent actors with no real characters to play. But half an hour of Kong and Godzilla beating the shit out of each other and demolishing a CGI city is golden. Adam Wingard's direction is pretty anonymous - to the extent that the film works, "the genius of the system" seems like its auteur - but given the sterile parameters of this level of reliance on lively and well-executed but "let's play" video-style CGI, he refrains from screwing anything up.

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