Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is more of a cash grab than entertaining storytelling

by Rollo Tomassi

“Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” descends into the chaotic abyss of franchise universe-building, sacrificing storytelling coherence for the sake of expanding a cinematic universe. The narrative suffers from fragmentation, with human characters that fail to evoke any genuine interest or investment from the audience. Instead of serving as conduits for emotional resonance, these characters feel like mere placeholders, shoehorned into the plot to justify the monster showdowns.

The CGI and effects in “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” are undoubtedly the main attraction, but they often overshadow any semblance of storytelling. The relentless bombardment of flashy visuals becomes tiresome, bordering on cartoonish at times. Rather than enhancing the narrative, the overuse of CGI serves as a distraction, pulling viewers out of the immersive experience rather than drawing them in. As a result, the film struggles to strike a balance between spectacle and substance, leaving audiences craving more depth and nuance.

In comparison to the lackluster offering of “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire,” “Godzilla Minus One” stands out as a beacon of storytelling excellence. Where the former prioritizes franchise expansion at the expense of narrative coherence, the latter maintains a tight focus on character development and thematic depth. While both films feature monstrous battles, “Godzilla Minus One” elevates the spectacle by grounding it in a compelling story that resonates on an emotional level.

As studios continue to churn out franchise after franchise in pursuit of box office success, “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” serves as a sobering reminder of the pitfalls of prioritizing universe-building over storytelling. Audiences are growing weary of the formulaic approach to filmmaking, longing for narratives that prioritize substance over spectacle. Until studios learn to strike a balance between franchise expansion and narrative integrity, we can expect more disappointments like “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” in the future.

Rollo’s Grade: C