Kong: Skull Island is the newest adaption of the cinematic gorilla. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts with an all-star cast consisting of Tom Hiddleston(Avengers,Crimson Peak) Samuel L. Jackson(Avengers,Pulp Fiction) Brie Larson(Room,Trainwreck) John Goodman(The Big Lebowski,Argo) and the strong supporting cast of Corey Hawkins(Straight Outta Compton,24:Legacy) Jason Mitchell(Straight Outta Compton) and John C. Reilly(Boogie Nights,Step Brothers). For the first time since 2005 King Kong has been on the silver screen.
Kong takes place in the 1970’s during the vietnam war era where two scientists Bill Conrad(Goodman) and Houston Brooks(Hawkins) go to an island, lost in the midst of the Pacific Ocean, to find proof that there are creatures inhabiting it. Once they begin their expedition, so does the exposition and introduction of all the characters in a quick and easy way (something the last kong movie didnt do). Upon the arrival at the island, the characters just felt like filler to die throughout this movie. It focuses on the humans and thats probably the worst thing about it because there is nothing to care about with any of them and I feel the all star cast was supposed to be a distraction because there’s a good chance that you wont remeber anything except the actor or actress who played them. When Kong was going through the marketing process one thing I heard was that there was going to be a lot more screen time for King Kong which sounded exciting. But when it came time to see the movie it really hurt the pacing of the first and second act because once they show the destruction that kong havoks on the people, the movie tries to find new ways to keep itself fun. One way it does that is by bringing in a new character named Hank Marlow(Reilly) who quickly becomes the comic relief. He breaks up the second act just enough to get to another fight scene.
Though it may sound like all I’m doing is bashing the movie, there are plenty of positives. The biggest one is that this movie takes big loud and exciting cinema and turns it up a few notches. If you do get to see Kong it really is worth the few extra dollars to see it in an IMAX screening. All the creature designs are truly incredible, all the fight scenes will have you wide eyed, and your jaw dropped within the first few seconds. If you’re a fan of monster movies (which there is no way you aren’t) the adreline kick this movie gives you will have you on the edge of your seat. Along with its fun action, the cinematopgraphy has a very warm color pallete and the scenery is breath taking. There are a lot of shots of the sun setting, rising and a few shots of a full moon that Jordan Vogt-Roberts uses to show how big Kong is in scale. The film includes helicopters flying into battle that give a very reminscent feel of the movie “Apocalypse Now”. It’s a joy to look at and it deserves all the praise for how well it was executed. Another thing to take note of is how good the soundtrack is in this movie. There’s a lot of music from Jefferson Starship, The Stooges, Black Sabbath, and Credence Clearwater Revival; they really put you in that early 70s era. Even the orchestral type of music placed during fight scenes set pieces and stand out in a positive way.
If you wanna see a popcorn blockbuster type of movie and want to be entertained for a few hours by watching big monsters fight an even bigger monster, then this is definitely the movie you don’t wanna miss out on. It has an end credit scene that will have you pumped if you grew up watching the old classic monster series. If you saw Kong: Skull Island, what did you think? Comment below and if you like what you read like and subscribe for more.