Over the spring break I saw two movies all of which I plan to review, but first I will review the much anticipated Kong: Skull Island. Kong: Skull Island is the 2nd installment in the “Monsterverse” that already includes 2014’s Godzilla and plans to include Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah and will inevitably have King Kong fight Godzilla in a movie.
Kong: Skull Island is actioned packed, the creatures that they were able to make are truly amazing, there were a couple times my jaw dropped from all the intense action. But Kong: Skull Island suffers from what all monster movies suffer from and that being that the monster gets overshadowed by the humans in the movie and the humans in the movie usually aren’t interesting. The only case where I can say where the humans were just as interesting as the monsters was the first Jurassic Park. The film stars Tom Hiddleston, one of my top three actors of all time Samuel L. Jackson, Academy Award winner Brie Larson, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly. And the stand out stars of this movie are Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly and Brie Larson. Jackson’s and Reilly’s characters where the only ones that had a real story arc and were the only interesting characters other than Kong and the other monsters.
This movie felt as if it were 3 movies crammed packed into one. You had Samuel L. Jackson’s character and him being a high ranking military commander during Vietnam not knowing what to do next in life since the war is coming to a close, John C. Reilly’s character who has stuck on skull island since World War 2 and Kong’s story. So the plot was kinda jumpy.
The CGI in the movie was pretty good, except they couldn’t really narrow down how big Kong actually is. Is he the size of a building of the size of the skyscraper? Some scenes he looked bigger and some scenes he looked smaller that previously shown in the film. And some actors like Toby Kebbel who is an amazing actor, was completely waisted. And the jokes in the film fell flat. Maybe 3 jokes in the film did the audience I saw it with actually laugh.
Overall, Kong: Skull Island is a good movie that you just go to turn your brain off and see a giant monkey fight other monsters. This version of King Kong is in my opinion is the definitive version of King Kong. That being said the people in the movie were pretty boring, but you kind of have to have them because these monsters can’t talk. I would recommend anyone to go see Kong: Skull Island it is a fun time at the movie theaters.