Movie Review: KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Kong: Skull Island

Director:
Jordan Vogt-Rogers
Cast:
Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson

Kong: Skull Island is a throwback to the big spectacle monster movies of the old days, mixed with the people running from danger aspects and the revolutionary CGI of Jurassic Park.

John Goodman and Corey Hawkins portray scientists who are using the last days of the Vietnam War as a way to trick the government to allow them a chance at exploring uncharted territory in the South Pacific. Thanks to the new 1970’s high tech satellite imaging, they can now put boots on the ground in this unexplored land that time forgot.

 

They recruit a ragtag team to help them out, including a cool as a cucumber tracker Tom Hiddleston, a plucky photo journalist Brie Larson, and military man Samuel L. Jackson. Along with a group of scientists and accompanying platoon of soldiers, their mission is to fly into this land and learn all they can (before the Russians). They are greeted by one of the main inhabitants of the island, a humongous ape, who isn’t happy to see them.
What follows is a hike through the jungle where our heroes are faced with challenges that come along with their new environment.

 

I will say that the visual style of this movie is absolutely fantastic. The look, the use of colors, the Nixon bobblehead, all of it amazing. The soundtrack is also really good. The first quarter of this movie does a masterful job of setting up the story. I’m ready to get to know these characters, root for them, maybe mourn a few of them, and after a while, I just couldn’t care for any of them. I found the dialog really flat, and the characters bland. There were efforts made to make them interesting, but none of them really stuck with me. John C. Reilly and his goofball quotes came the closest.

 

The Kong fight scenes were good, he’s the real star here after all. Watching the giant ape fight some ugly lizard creatures is awesome, but can only go so far with me. Even with this great cast, this movie needed a much better script. This really felt like I was watching a Transformers movie, but with creatures instead of robot cars, so depending on your enjoyment of those films, you may¬†appreciate this one. Turn off your brain a bit extra to enjoy this one.

 

*there’s an after credit scene setting up what comes next.

Grade: 2.5 out of 5

“Marquee Mark” Markellus

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