Another iteration of King Kong with the biggest Kong yet. Is this, in turn, the biggest Kong movie yet? Read my review…
Set in the same universe as 2014’s Godzilla by Warner Brothers, a team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden. (IMDb)
Let me start with my favourite parts. Kong is absolutely awesome! He is an absolute savage and a complete brawler, but he is also intelligent enough to use everything at hand to use in a fight as seen in the trailer above when he strips the branches of a tree trunk to use as a bat. Standing at over a 100ft tall, Kong has a great presence on screen; and unlike Godzilla, we get to see Kong within the first half an hour. Also unlike Godzilla, we see the entirety of Kong in all his glory every time we see him on screen, no shaky cam and no abrupt cuts away from the action…
Aside from Kong, I also enjoyed the design of the variety of creatures on the island, from the docile giant buffalo-looking creatures to the monstrous and believably terrifying ‘skull-crawlers’. Speaking of the visuals, I also really liked 70s setting of the movie. It serves as an interesting visual aesthetic and colour palette. The CGI is stunning! Whether its the ever present storm surrounding the island or the imagery on the island itself or the monsters we encounter throughout the movie, CGI is impressive every time.
Another positive for me was John C. Reilly’s character. He stole the show for me amongst all the human character. We get a little bit of his human drama during the credits which retroactively makes his character even more likeable. I was also really impressed with Toby Kebbell’s work as Kong. But that’s the end of all the likeable characters. I did not care much for all the other characters, the movie took a lot of shortcuts in character development – as in there was barely any. That is pretty bad considering this movie has waaaaay too many human characters. I expected a lot more from such a talented cast. That coupled with some pretty bad dialogue just bogs the movie down a little too much for me. But this is a creature feature after all so the missing human drama isn’t enough to stop me from enjoying this movie.
Kong, on the other hand, got a lot of character development and is shown to have a lot of heart. That just means that when he is off screen, the movie once gets feel like it gets bogged down a little. But there is more than enough Kong badassery for me that I was more than happy to give the movie’s drawbacks some slack.
Overall, Kong: Skull Island was a great creature feature and it did all the things you’d expect from a Kong movie really well. The action is really good, the visuals are stunning and the protagonist Kong has a very satisfying payoff for me. Sure, almost all the humans might as well not be there and the dialogue was pretty bad at times. But all I wanted from this movie was a great Kong and I got a lot more than that.
My Score: 4/5 – Know what kind of movie this is and you will have a lot of fun.
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