Kong: Skull Island


I went into this film with relatively realistic, if somewhat low, expectations. Unfortunately, Kong: Skull Island failed to even deliver on those.

The film starts with a decent setup and a quick montage of preparation before exposing the viewer to the setting of the movie – Skull Island. The cinematography of the island is great, and highlights the beauty of the natural element.

It was a good choice to set Kong: Skull Island in the 1970’s. There is, arguably, not a more iconic time period for the United States. The use of music from the 70’s was great, though I began to feel it was a bit overused.

The major downfall of this movie is that there is literally zero character development. There is never a reason to care about any of the characters whatsoever. They are all cardboard cut-out mannequins delivering dull lines.

The script is just horrible. How you can waste talent like Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly is really beyond me. That lineup should have been enough in itself for at least a somewhat entertaining experience. Alas, it was not.

There were also way too many forced, cringeworthy, ineffective attempts at humor. Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly) was particularly out of place. For a film about giant creatures slaughtering humans, it came off as incredibly lighthearted and goofy.

Despite being a film dedicated to a giant gorilla fighting other giant monsters, I found the CGI and effects to be incredibly bad in some scenes. The giant stick bug and giant spider come to mind. I also found the skull lizards to be uninteresting and generally stupid looking.

Overall, Kong: Skull Island is extremely forgettable. The final fight between Kong and the giant skull lizard was really the only redeemable part of the whole film.

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