Kong: Skull Island REviewed
In 2005 when Peter Jackson did his remake of King Kong it was a loving homage to the original and while critics mostly liked it, the movie was a disappointment at the box office. I think the reason for that is the original story isn't the movie people want to see. Sure, the original is the more iconic story with Kong climbing the Empire State Building and lines like, "It was beauty killed the beast." But audiences want to see King Kong fight and the latest movie has that in spades.
Kong: Skill Island takes place as the Vietnam War is coming to an end in 1973, and a secret scientific organization called Monarch is trying to discover the mysteries and monsters of the world. This mission leads them to Skull Island, where King Kong rules the jungle. But he's not even the worst or most dangerous thing on the island.
There is no messing around with this movie, no waiting till the third act for the monster to finally reveal himself. As soon as the crew gets on the island King Kong starts throwing trees at soldiers' helicopters and making them explode. The CGI and visual effects are great; they are what we've come to expect in our modern blockbuster movies. The scenes show off frantic visuals and help set the pace for more fights for our soldiers.
Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston are also the in the movie and serve as the de facto protagonists. They play a wartime photojournalist and a mercenary jungle tracker, respectively, and serve as the heart of the movie. Their job was to make sure we were emotionally connected to Kong and to speak to the evils of violence and war – but I didn't care about any of that, not in a movie featuring a giant CGI ape. Just cut back to John C. Reilly saying crazy things and Samuel L. Jackson trying to swear as much as a PG-13 movie will allow him and I'll be all set.
As a bonus, since the movie is set in the 70s and produced by Warner Brothers you know the soundtrack is going to be good–and it is.
This was the best movie I didn't know I needed to see. I had no expectations, but it still surprised me. Kong is just a dumb, fun action movie that is probably better-suited for a summer release alongside other dumb blockbusters, but here in March, the movie stands alone as a great popcorn flick. Kong: Skull Island is kind of a perfect reflection to the madness going on in the world. Just featuring more giant gorillas punching helicopters. B
P.S. Make sure you stay to the bitter end, there is a cool after-credits scene that fans of the genre will want to see.