Kong: Skull Island Review

All hail the King!

Kong: Skull Island stars Samuel L Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, John C Reilly and Toby Kebbell.

A group of explorers and soldiers head to a mysterious island that has previously not been explored. When they arrive, they discover creatures they could not have imagined, including a giant ape who is King of the island. The team’s mission changes to survival and getting off this island while they are still alive.

Positives. Kong looks great. With the advances of technology since the last time we saw the giant ape, we get a better looking Kong than we have last seen. We have seen a lot of monkeys in films such as Jungle Book and the new Planet of the Apes franchise, so it is no surprise that Kong, and all the other creatures on Skull Island look better than ever before. I also really liked how the film was shot, there was a lot of Apocalypse Now type shots but it worked really well and made Kong feel that much more impressive.

Negatives. Unfortunately, the human characters were the biggest let down of the whole film. You just do not care about the characters and when some of the characters die you just feel nothing because you don’t care about them. I feel that this is because the film tries to focus on too many characters, when we either should have focused on the army soldiers or Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson’s characters. The jokes also fall completely flat for the majority of the time. The only jokes I enjoyed was when John C Reilly came in and his character was the most interesting out of the main characters despite having the least amount of screen time. I didn’t enjoy the very beginning of the film, there was a lot of ex-positional dialogue full of information the audience doesn’t need to know so that we care about the characters but it didn’t work.

Kong was definitely the King of this film.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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