Kong: Skull Island Review

Movie poster for Kong Skull IslandKong: Skull Island Synopsis: A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

Tagline: Awaken the King

Release Date: 2017-3-10 | Runtime: 1 hr 58 minutes | Coolthulhus Earned: 4

Starring:  Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson

Watch the official Kong: Skull Island trailer.


Kong: Skull Island Review

So, I’m writing this after I’ve watched Kong: Skull Island twice. And I have to say that my opinion of it definitely improved after the second viewing. The first time it was what I would term as “fun, but forgettable.” The second time (my mother wanted to see it), I enjoyed it just as much as, if not more than, the first time I watched it. I think that says something for the movie.

Kong: Skull Island was very well shot. Jordan Vogt-Roberts did a great job from the opening sequences to the rolling of the credits. I really liked what he did with the framing of certain shots to pay an homage to the original films. There is also one gorgeous sequence involving Hiddleston in a gas mask with a katana fighting through a cloud of colored smoke that made me oooh and wish I had a photo of it both times I watched it. Simple but dramatic, and a pure visual feast.  The CGI is fantastic in this movie. Among the best I’ve ever seen, I honestly believe.

There was only one major misstep in Kong: Skull Island and that was Samuel L. Jackson. I like Mr. Jackson, and some of his other works rank among my favorites. (Snakes on a Plane, for example, is sheer awesomeness.) However, he just overdoes it in Kong: Skull Island. The movie as a whole is outrageously over-the-top and fun. I mean, you have a gigantic gorilla fighting skull crawlers. It’s just awesome. However, Jackson plays his character crazy to the point where you roll your eyes just watching it. And that ruins it a bit. It keeps it from achieving sheer monster-movie perfection.

Tom Hiddleston and John Goodman give my favorite performances, though aside from the aforementioned issues with Jackson, none of them did a bad job. Some of the characters were gigantic action movie cliches, but that’s to be expected out of a movie like this, so I can’t exactly hold it against them. Even John C. Reilly managed to endear his character to me, which was a feat because Reilly is one of those fellows that I get annoyed just looking at.

Every fight scene involving Kong had me cheering for the massive chest-beating monster. And I applaud the crew for taking some of the fight scenes in unexpected directions. I can’t name specifics without spoiling things, but trust me, you’ll find reasons to cheer watching Kong lay a beating on more than just crazy humans.

I definitely recommend watching Kong: Skull Island while its still in theaters. This is a movie that begs to be seen on the big screen to fully immerse yourself in it. With that being said, though, I’m also planning on purchasing the movie to add to my collection at home too. Just a great job all around, as Kong: Skull Island ends up winning me over the second time around.

4 Star Rated Kong: Skull Island Review

10 thoughts on “Kong: Skull Island Review

  1. I enjoyed it, but still expected more – the characters were oversimplified even for a movie where a giant gorilla fights other giant stuff and Brie Larson (who is not a bad actress at all) was really a background girl here with a tight t-shirt.

    I think that the movie would actually win a lot if it would’ve been kind of more… ”trashy”… more craziness. Because this is where it was going – with characters (I think that’s what Samuel L. Jackson was doing – apart of playing himself of course) and visual images like that. But since it’s a huge movie that must bring lots of cash, they couldn’t do too much of it obviously.

    1. I knew he would be
      ..well… Samuel L Jackson playing Samuel L Jackson characters but he’s generally capable of toning it down a bit, ya know? Still,maybe he had a blast doing it and that’s all that matters to him.

  2. I haven’t seen it, but my sons are split – one loved it and the other not so much. As a side note, the new Kong Skull Island ride at Universal was a HUGE disappointment.

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