A U.S. military and scientific team sets out to survey an uncharted remote island, unaware of the gigantic surprise that lies in wait for them.
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Terry Notary
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Average but entertaining.
Now don’t get me wrong. I can appreciate the gradual build up of suspense and it’s place in cinema – but for too long it has been a frustrating staple in monster movies. Sitting patiently through almost an entire movie just to catch a shadowy glimpse of the monster who’s name is slapped all over the poster is annoying and, frankly, it bores me. Thankfully “Kong: Skull Island” turns that tradition on it’s head and we are treated to almost non-stop giant-creature goodness.
I don’t think a fleshed out run down of plot is necessary here. Most know “King Kong” and what to expect in terms of story and this does nothing to expand on that. It’s all very generic: good human characters and bad human characters find themselves through various circumstances on an island with giant monsters including the titular ‘Kong’ and must work together to cross the island safely to an extraction point. That’s all you really need to worry about but then you don’t really see a monster movie for a watertight plot, you see it for the spectacle and in that instance it does deliver.
The monsters, while by no means imaginative, all look great with beautiful special affects. The acting is ok with some top talent including John Goodman, Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston though often, despite being veterans of film making, are let down by a weak script which only emphasises more that we’re only here for the big monsters.
Controversially I’m sure I would say this film is better than Peter Jackson’s take on the source material. As crammed as it can feel at times it does manage to deliver on it’s title. It puts Kong front and centre instead of being secondary to more boring human characters and that’s refreshing.
“Kong: Skull Island” is by no means an amazing movie but switch your brain off for a couple of hours, don’t pay too much attention to the plot and just sit back and enjoy!
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