Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)

Perhaps in retrospect, it’s obvious that director Adam Wingard may not have been the best choice for this big-budget spin-off. On paper, he sounds great: He’s got a reverence for horror and genre movies (which he’s demonstrated with “Blair Witch” and “The Guest”), and he’s got a hell of a knack with high-octane narratives (like “You’re Next,” which is basically a roller-coaster ride disguised as a home-invasion movie). But somehow, “Godzilla vs. Kong” ends up being the worst possible thing it could be for its ilk: It’s deadly dull. I mean, it’s really so boring and forgettable that I actually forgot that Alexander Skarsgard and the usually-reliable Rebecca Hall were even *in* the movie… while it was still playing… and they’re both central characters! There’s just nothing to it: It’s all just an excuse to beat the drum slowly (and so, so loudly) on the way to the long-expected finale, which takes too long to get to and is so underwhelming that I’ve already forgotten what happens even though I watched it maybe like five days ago? I’m not sure if Wingard was overwhelmed by the special effects, or the overstuffed plot, or the staggeringly mediocre screenplay, or simply the weight of the expectations, but this is a total misfire and completely not worth your time or money.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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