King Kong is sick and tired of these stupid @$$ humans in his stupid @$$ island!
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Kong: Skull Island is the second installment in Legendary and Warner Bros’ MonsterVerse, a cinematic universe where Godzilla, King Kong, and other kaijus exist. With an ensemble cast featuring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly, this film features the second monster in the upcoming 2020 showdown.
Monarch senior official Bill Rana (Goodman) hires tracker James Conrad (Hiddleston), photographer Mason Weaver (Larson), and a helicopter squadron led by Preston Packard (Jackson) to journey to the mysterious Skull Island, a place where gargantuan monsters live. One big problem though… Only Rana knows about the monsters part…
The biggest (get it?) positive I can give to this movie is the action sequences whenever King Kong is on screen. You can truly feel the aggression and the ferocity of each blow and stomp. King Kong is menacing!
Do you know who else is menacing in this film? Samuel L. Jackson! The moment he locked eyes with Kong is one of the best scenes in the film. His character slowly loses his rational thinking and, much like Moby Dick‘s Captain Ahab, falls to a state of insanity and obsession.
The way the human characters get picked on one by one is also a pretty sight. A new set of monsters means a new way to die. However, it was predictable when it will happen. After the first two deaths, the film gave us a pattern that tells us it is about to happen.
The monster designs do not seem original. Of course, I’m not talking about Kong. The big bad monster looks like the creatures chasing you in Temple Run.
I can’t help but compare Kong to 2014 Godzilla. One of my biggest issue with Kong is that he does not feel that big. Perhaps, it is due to the way his scenes were shot. True, most of Kong’s shots were beside a mountain, but there’s something different in Godzilla‘s cinematography which makes it feel like you’re really looking at the King of Monsters.
Also, it is quite a waste not to use Toby Kebbell as the mo-cap actor for Kong. To use him as Packard’s second in command could have been okay, but the film decided he’s just a random cannon fodder to the Skullcrawlers.
The main cast, for most of the film’s run, stayed the same. There was no big character changing moment for them. Conrad and Weaver may have decided to protect Kong at the end, but they already had doubts and questions since the mission briefing.
Kong: Skull Island is an enjoyable film with awesome King Kong scenes and good action. Also, that post-credit scene had me sold on the MonsterVerse franchise. However, it suffers from predictability and lack of character development. Therefore, this is…