‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Raises the Question: Is Nonsense the New Normal? (Column)

By now, a great many people have seen “Godzilla vs.

Kong,” and what a lot of them seem to agree on — even many who like it — is that the movie makes almost no sense.

That’s nothing new.

A number of noteworthy blockbusters have had issues in the how-exactly-does-this-parse? department, like “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” or the “Transformers” films or “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” What’s new about the loopy, yes-we-really-have-stopped-making-sense quality of “Godzilla vs.

Kong” is the chortling shrug of approval with which it’s been met.

Most of what happens in the film is so defiant in its lack of purpose — Kong will go to the Hollow Earth; so that his ride through a cut-rate “Avatar” landscape of primeval wonder will distract you; long enough to keep you from asking what he’s doing there — that the film has been greeted as a

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