Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Never Quite Clicks

At the very least, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire delivers on its biggest promise. You get to see lots of giant creatures fighting other giant creatures. Godzilla and Kong are just two of many and, when they fight in fantastical-looking settings with eye-popping color and lighting, there’s an undeniable pleasure in it.

However, everything that’s not a fight in Godzilla x Kong feels like overly complicated filler inserted to kill time before the next fight. The result is a movie filled with ebbs and flows that never feel particularly cohesive or interesting, even though the movie does an admirable job attempting to distinguish itself from other, similar films.

Once again directed by Adam Wingard, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire picks up where Godzilla vs. Kong left off. In that film, humanity discovered an entirely new world in the center of the planet called Hollow Earth where Kong was set to live and reign while his counterpart Godzilla would stay on the surface. These creatures and discoveries have understandably captivated the world and scientists, such as Dr. Ilene Andrews (Rebecca Hall), have dedicated their careers to studying them both.

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