Kong, King of the Screen? Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

King Kong (knows as Kong is the movie) is without a doubt one of the most iconic characters in pop culture. An ape as tall as building with rage that can destroy everything inn his path. What’s not to love? This reboot of the iconic character does not take place anywhere in the city, but in an Eden like forest, untouched by modern civilisation. Watching the trailer got me excited. It promised adventure and thrill with huge monsters. It looked incredibly action packed with a touch of comedy. Whilst the movie did deliver all those things, for me, the film sort of disappointed in some ways.

Kong: Skull Island is a film that tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful.  Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature.  As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong. Off the bat, it already sounds like an I-found-a-new-island-let’s-explore-it kind of film where as soon as they land, everything goes terrible. Not that that its bad, it’s just… boring. It’s the same thing for all the movie’s in this category. Person finds new island, they bring a team, something bad happens, people die and a few people manage to escape.

Let’s start about what was good with the movie: the cinematography and graphics, This is no doubt a BEAUTIFULLY shot action movie. The slow motion, colour, framing and shots were such a treat to watch. There were a few POV shots that really added to the suspense of the scene. Something trivial but the fonts they used for the movie were very sleek and nice to look at. And who can forget the graphics. Kong was really amazing to look at. Beautiful graphics made him almost seem too real. The monsters and creatures (if you are scared of spiders, you’d probably want to be careful watching the movie) looked so good. The detail of their skin, hair  and movement is a testament to the creators hardwork. The places they shot at were equally gorgeous (Oahu, Hawaii, on Australia’s Gold Coast, and Vietnam).  If you love everything cinematography, you’ll love this movie.

Kong is an impressive beast on the screen. His fur and movements were so tangible he really felt real. It was a spectacle to see him attack helicopters and fighting other monsters on the island. Kong however, was a hit and miss. The film attempted to create a deeper meaning to why Kong exists and what he does. It is revealed that Kong exists as a guardian of the island against the Skullcrawlers. The Skull crawlers had killed Kong’s family and he is the last of his kind. Kong has an inner conscience and he wants to protect the island. However, I felt that Kong as a character could have been given more attention considering the direction the director was taking. That being said, Kong had more character development than most, if not all of the human characters.

The main cast would be Captain James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), an ex-soldier, Lt. Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson), Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) who is a wartime photojournalist, Hank Marlow (John C. Reily) who is a castaway on the island, and scientist Bill Randa and Houston Brooks (John Goodman and Corey Hawkins). The characters were bland and didn’t really have any connection to the viewer. They were fumbled in awkward dialogue which made me wish the entire movie was just Kong beating up other monsters. What does make up for the poor characters are the amazing creatures. A huge spider, a gigantic squid and something of a huge water buffalo. It was such a thrill to see them alongside Kong. The movie made up for its poor character development  its rich and detailed creatures.

Despite all that, Kong was actually a very fun movie to watch. The plot is so simple and would have been boring if not for the amazing Kong and the creatures with him. If you are expecting a profound movie that makes you cry or think, this isn’t the movie for you. But if you love beautiful scenery, rich and detailed creatures and big monster fights, this movie just be worth paying for. And if you love King Kong, this movie will not disappoint you. It is amazing to watch him bash up helicopters and creatures. Overall, it is a fun movie to watch, but not one you would watch twice.

My three reasons for watching Kong:

  • Beautiful scenery and graphics.
  • Amazing fights and creatures
  • Kong himself. Enough said.

Rating: 4.3/5

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This review is written by: Samuel Goh  and thanks to him for guest posting on my blog.

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