Well, hello there my fellow MadHatter’s. We bring you our review for Kong: Skull Island (sorry it’s a bit late, we’ve been busy). What’s up with that title? Drop Kong, just Skull Island. It’s cooler. At least they didn’t name it King Kong lives. Skull Island is the latest film in Warner Bros. MonsterVerse film series and a prequel to the hit film Godzilla.
In Kong, right after the Vietnam war. Scientists, soldiers and adventurers unite to explore the mythical Skull Island in the Pacific Ocean. Cut off from everything they know, they venture into the land of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery soon becomes one of survival, they must struggle to escape from a primal world where humanity does not belong.
To my surprise, I actually enjoyed Kong. The narrative for the most part is true to the spirit of the other films. While being different enough to stand on its own. Kong is enjoyable since it doesn’t take itself too seriously and it’s funny. Look, it is predictable, you already recognize how everything is going to play out. There is a small twist, you picture it coming a mile away. Some other aspect I do like is the small homages it plays to other films and one huge homage to Apocalypse Now.
I know what you’re thinking, it’s a movie with gigantic monsters. Are the visual effects any good and how are the action sequences? Well, guess what guys? It works great on both ends. Hands down, these are the best visuals I’ve seen this year, it looks stunning. The action is exciting and thrilling. You have helicopters with machine guns fighting Kong, giant spiders that seem like they came out of the Frank Darabont film The Mist and crazy looking skull crawlers trying to kill our heroes.
Skull Island might have a B-movie story line, but it’s produced an A-list cast. You’ve got Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Corey Hawkins and John C. Reilly. Wow, that’s a lot. They all did great job, the chemistry between Larson and Hiddleston is on point. But it’s really Jackson and Reilly that steal the show. Jackson and Reilly’s characters are polar opposites of each other. While Jackson’s character gives the film a serious tone, Reilly’s is the comedy relief. Which presents the film, that take me seriously, but don’t call me Shirley tone to it (Yes, that’s somewhat the line from the comedy classic Airplane).
I nearly forgot the film has a great soundtrack. All the music in the movie fits the time period, which is late 60’s and early 70’s. If you’re into classic rock, you’ll definitely like the music.
Kong: Skull Island isn’t perfect, but it’s a fun ride with fantastic visuals.
3 out of 4 Hats