Kong: Skull Island (2017)
PG13 / 1h 58m / Adventure, Fantasy
Sometimes there’s no enemy until you look for one.
YALL. I had so much fun with this film! Monster flicks trigger my inner mother and my nurturing self gets way too emotionally invested. It’s okay. I mean, I really enjoy it.
I’m not addicted to monster movies nor do I seek them out. I treat them as pleasant visitors into my orbit and send them on their merry way with a pat on the back and positive reviews. Kong: Skull Island is no different. This is my pat on the back and a positive review.
With a quote on quote ALL STAR cast led by John Goodman to the mysterious Skull Island under a particular guise, the team stumbles upon a not so gentle giant BUT with the help of crazy island man John C Reilly, they learn that the giant is actually really gentle in his own giant way and the team ends up assisting Kong with a long standing family feud between himself the Skull Crawlers (terrifying two legged giant lizards).
Even with a cast of stars, there are some blatant casting flaws – most notably Brie Larson as Mason Weaver, anti war photographer. I like Brie, I support her, but she really brought a weak female performance among a gaggle of men. Also, I guess I’m just not a fan of Samuel L Jackson. I hate his voice. I hate his face. I hate that when I think of him I think of Snakes on a Plane (2006). He is so completely one dimensional for me and he drug the military responsibility / karmic revenge bullshit through the mud. I was over him and his story line immediately.
But the location, the cinematography, the CGI, the plot progression, the crazy island guy John C Reilly, the gentle nudges towards anti wartime, Kong fighting and eating that giant squid, and the detailed and lengthy Kong vs Skull Crawler scenes made this film come together as a future classic in my home and an amazing installment for the Monsterverse. I cannot wait for Godzilla Vs. Kong (2020). But no, I don’t know who I will pull for… I want to hug Kong and carry him around on my chest in a baby sling but I also want to protect Godzilla with everything I am and give him his own special terrarium in our room. What a ride that’s going to be.
8/10 – Thank you Kong for not kidnapping Brie all predictable like. But then again, maybe you should have.