Kong: Skull Island
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Director: Jordan Vogt-Robert
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly
Warner Brother’s new monster universe kicked off in 2014 when Gareth Edward’s Godzilla was released. I was a little underwhelmed by Godzilla personally but I know that there are quite a few people out there who do like it. I found that Kong: Skull Island suffers from a lot of the same issues that Godzilla did.
First off, I was glad that they made some changes to the typical King Kong story. This movie does not end with King Kong getting knocked off the Empire State Building and they’ve moved the timeline up to the 1970s. Kong: Skull Island starts right after the American troops left Vietnam. The film features a group of explorers that reach the uncharted Skull Island with the help of a military unit.
People watch King Kong movies because they want to see a giant monkey destroy a bunch of shit but I thought there was a big shortage of King Kong in Skull Island. When Kong is there he owns the movie but it seems like he’s taking a backseat to these other creatures that the explorers keep running into on the island. When Kong does get to fight the scenes are solid but I thought he was overshadowed in his own film. A lot like Godzilla was 3 years ago.
The action scenes are the only reason to watch this movie because the characters are not good at all. The cast that Warner Brothers assembled is awesome. Almost everybody in the film is a recognisable face but the actors are given so little to work with. Brie Larson is one of my favorite actress in the world (plus she’s hot as fuck) but her performance is not good here. I don’t even think her failure is any fault of her own either her character just doesn’t seem to have anything interesting to say. Even John Goodman can’t handle the crappy dialogue. John C. Reilly is pretty much the only character that is the least bit likeable and he gets a lot of attention once he appears. He was the only character I cared about and he was the only person who could pull off the humor. All the characters really do is steal screen time from Kong.
Even though there are probably too many monsters in this movie I thought they did a pretty good job of making Skull Island an interesting location. There are some fairly unexpected creatures and the CGI is pretty solid. I’m sure that the creative team plans on visiting Skull Island again in a sequel so I’d be interested to see more.
Its not an awful movie but I found myself disappointed with Kong: Skull Island. Both of Warners’ Monster movies have left something to be desired. Godzilla 2 is already on its way and Godzilla is going to fight Kong eventually but there are some improvements that still need to be made.
Kong: Skull Island gets 55 out of 100