Film Review – Kong: Skull Island

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Genre: Action/Adventure
Released: UK 9th March 2017 USA 10th March 2017
Rating: UK 12A USA PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 58 mins
Director: Jordan Vogt Roberts
Actors: Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, John C. Reilly
Plot: In the final days of the Vietnam War, secretive organization Monarch secures government funding to lead an expedition to a recently discovered island in search of new species.

As we wait patiently for 2019’s Godzilla: King of The Monsters and the eventual Godzilla vs Kong smackdown in 2020 the second in the MonsterVerse Kong: Skull Island has been unleashed.

Larry Fong shows us once again that he is one of the best cinematographers around with a beautiful looking film. It has a cracking 70’s soundtrack including Black Sabbath and David Bowie.

Skull Island is action-packed and hugely entertaining. The story is fast paced.

The CGI on Kong is excellent as are the other creatures and monsters. The fights between them are fantastic and brutal. Kong is a huge towering presence and his introduction is one of the film’s highlights.

For the most part, the film is visually fantastic although there are some moments where it is clear the characters are standing in front of a greenscreen.

The comedic moments are sometimes hit or miss.

Kong: Skull Island’s biggest problem lies with its characters. They are one dimensional and feel very expendable. Although this results in some pretty cool death scenes.

It’s difficult to feel anything for them. An exception to this is John C. Riley who has his usual great comedy timing but also adds some great levity to the film. He also has some nice moments of poignancy too.

With the runtime just under 2 hrs, the film could have easily added an extra 10 – 20 minutes to further character development.

While 2014’s Godzilla didn’t feature much screen time from the title character, this film definitely belongs to Kong.

Summary

Kong: Skull Island is an action-packed and hugely entertaining film. Visually fantastic but let down by one dimensional and underdeveloped characters.

4

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