This movie gives all three of those things in droves. Yes, some of the characters are corny in parts. Yes, the movie jumps around at times. Yes, there isn't a ton of depth to it. But whenever Kong is on screen, it is awesome. Whenever he isn't, the characters at least mostly keep you entertained. There was a lot more comedy than I expected.
Coming in, I thought John C. Reilly might be a detriment. But he ended up being a highlight of the movie. His character has arguably the most depth, and most of his lines hit. The audience mostly know him and Samuel L. Jackson from other roles, and this movie plays off of that.
It's not perfect, but what can you realistically expect from a monster movie like this? I liked it more than Godzilla, and believe it did a mostly-good job of being what it needed to be.
Kong is pure awesomeness! The action scene at the end of the film is worth the price of admission alone. The setting, cinematography, music are all amazing. The visual effects are second to none. All the action scenes are great. The one problem is their is really no cgaracter development, but I didn't go to see Kong because of the characters. This is a far better film than Godzilla and I can't wait to see what the future holds for this monster universe. (Make sure you stay to the very end)
I was really surprised at how much I liked this movie. Great casting, things to make the kids (and some adults) jump,a lot of good humor that doesn't take itself seriously and a story that moves along without out dragging. I think I like this one better than the Peter Jackson version. Its a King Kong action/adventure movie; its not a soul-searching drama that explores the human condition and looking for an academy award. Go and have some fun and laughs.
The acting all around is superb. Hiddleston plays a great hero-leading man, Larson brings a needed emotional depth to the story and sells her relationship with Kong beautifully, Jackson is a great villain, and the highlight may have been one of the best performances of John C. Reilly's career. The directing and action scenes were superbly handled for the most part (sometimes the helicopter falling/spinning over and over got dizzying), and the shots are beautiful and fucking awesome simultaneously. The only issues I have are the aforementioned dizzying shots, and one character played by Jing Tian who did absolutely nothing and could have not been in the movie and it wouldn't make a difference. Additionally, the movie does leave more to be desired in terms of character development scenes, sometimes only devoting a few to each character. I attribute this to having too many mouths to feed in this gigantic ensemble cast.
Best monster film ever made pure and simple. Vogt -Roberts runs circles around every action director working now except Nolan.Got to see a screeening in IMAX 3D last night. Last year was so awful for blockbusters, this year is going to be incredible it seems like with Logan and this coming out of the gate and both being miles ahead of any blockbusters from last year. With a huge slate of promising titles coming out. I am going to eat a lot of Popcorn this summer. This is the only film I have ever seen where I would say it must be seen in 3D. Normally not a big fan.
Four out of Five Stars. It's important to decide if your interest in "Kong: Skull Island" is just that it's a big-budget action movie or that it's the next episode of this eighty-year-old's franchise. As an action film, it's outstanding and hits every note: stuff blows up, some major 'wow' moments, edge-of-seat, skin-crawling tension, break-the-tension jokes, that one weird guy, and a side-order of cheese. However, in its drive to establish a ticket-selling annuity, the film only hits that one note (Boom!) and forgot to invest in characters that resonate beyond the yelling and chest-pounding.
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