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Kong: Skull Island


Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Written by: John Gatins
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, John Ortiz, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Shea Whigham, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell
Studio: Legendary, Universal Pictures
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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Unfortunately, a bunch of the monsters just didn't look 'there' and didn't blend in well with the live action environments and actors, which really takes away from things. This includes Kong at times. Not to say that the effects are bad, but they are certainly noticeable and not very believable some of the time (especially in comparison to say, Godzilla). However, I did like the variety of creatures, that was great to see. The film still does have some cool shots and solid cinematography though for sure, but it's a shame the monster effects couldn't keep up. The action is decent, but pretty unmemorable aside from a human kill or two (especially compared to previous Kong films, such as Peter Jackson's).

The story is the run of the mill King Kong story... except this one cuts out what made the other King Kong films so cool, a gigantic third act switch-up, taking things back to the real world. Here it's just more of the island, which is cool, but it just feels like it oversimplified the original, rather than putting a new spin on it or even trying something new. It's even more unfortunate that the big climax is a slightly bigger Skullcrawler fighting Kong (which while interesting on first impression, basically just boils down to a slightly different looking T-Rex upon further inspection, which is disappointing). It's not that memorable of a fight, and only really brings up memories of the awesome 2 on 1 T-Rex versus King Kong fight in Peter Jackson's film. Then, to top it off, the movie just ends with one of the most confusing endings in which it seems like Kong is about to charge and attack, but then we cut way into the future and apparently everyone made it home alright. It's just an odd, abrupt and unsatisfying ending, especially since we'll probably never see any of these characters again what with the franchise probably going back to present day.

Kong has a stacked cast, but none of them really make an impression. John C Reilly's character is just more awkwardly weird than funny, and there are a bunch of lines in the script which I get the feeling were supposed to be funny but completely fall flat and actually ruin the scene sometimes ("How much do you love your mom?!" "I LOVE MY MOMMMMM" what?).

Overall it's a decent film, it's enjoyable and has some cool moments... but it's not very memorable and doesn't hold a candle in any way to Peter Jackson's 2005 version.


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grelber37 at 05:09 PM Jul 04

Thank you for the Kong review. I shall know better what to expect when renting it later this month.

sLaShEr84 at 07:40 PM Jul 04

I enjoy Kong Skull Island.

Moviefreak2010 at 02:39 AM Jul 05

want to see

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