Sensationalism is “King” in the latest of “scales vs. fur” epic; director Adam Wingard, relies monumentally on one’s lust for digitally amplified confrontations and destruction; these battles are rendered flawlessly; anthropomorphically acceptable, especially Kong, earns our reverence; unfortunately, the flimsy, dismal dialogue and one-dimensional villain (Demian Bichir, fizzles) are sappily depicted and the ultimate message too blatantly delivered.
Saving the scenario is deaf, enchanting Kaylee Hottle; as the orphaned “Jia” intuitively she relates, understands and communicates with the iconic Kong; since 1933 his “Achilles Heel” has been “women in distress”, forecasting his undoing; with poetic license Jia’s role is one of strength, salvation.
In conclusion, “Godzilla vs. Kong” is a giant metaphor for warring factions globally: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Syrian and Yemeni Civil strife, perpetual bickering between the United States, Iran and Russia, Israel and Palestine; the list is interminable. For a moment in time a flicker of positivity eases the actuality, tangibility, of a world in flux.
TWO & ½ STARS!!