Before I got to see Kong: Skull Island I heard many mixed opinions on the movie overall. It made me quite anxious as it was a heavily anticipated blockbuster I was excited about during the first half of 2017. To my surprise, Kong: Skull Island turned out being a film that is uneven but thoroughly enjoyable at the same time.
While Skull Island may not be as grand or epic as Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake of King Kong, the film offers some good cinematography with a solid cast with Brie Larson, John Goodman, Samuel L Jackson, John C. Reilly, and Tom Hiddleston as the stars. Hiddleston’s character as a game tracker was found to be very unconvincing and quite forgettable. However, Reilly’s performance is what kept the movie together for the most part and if he were not in the movie it would not be as engaging to watch.
Yes, this film is set in the seventies. And it will be reminded to you many times throughout the movie. Music of the era is oddly played frequently at the beginning then is absent until near the end. Which means it is guilty of using the Suicide Squad formula of film soundtracks (but at least all of these tracks fit) what else can you expect from them both being from Warner Brothers right? CCR is also played more than once and many shots allude to Francis Ford Coppala’s Apocalypse Now. Such as of the sun on the Southeast Asian horizon which were all very smart decisions by Jordan Vogt Roberts to include in Skull Island which puts it at least a couple points above other blockbuster fare.
As far as the actual King Kong in this movie, there is a disappointing little amount of him to be shown. The other monsters on skull island were all well designed and all but, people payed money for the titular character! Thanks to the human cast, the movie manages to keep you interested but it was just a shame that we did not get to see more of the monster in this monster movie.
Overall, I’d say Kong: Skull Island is a just an entertaining monster movie with little other substance than that. Vogt Roberts also shot some beautiful action scenes and had top notch set design. But if it was not for John C. Reilly the characters would be nothing special and overall forgettable as it his him that pushes this movie above mediocrity.