Kong: Skull Island Review [SPOILER FREE!]
Is Kong the King of the Monsters?
Kong: Skull Island takes place in 1973, when American satellites captured images of an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. A team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers set off on a mission to uncover whatever secrets may lie on that island. Right off the bat, you can tell that Kong: Skull Island was not going to be just another reiteration of previous Kong films. Skull Island’s director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, had a different approach, and it worked well.
Skull Island was beautiful. From beautiful views, to terrifying monsters, this island is filled with wonder. As enchanting as it may seem, there is not one second where the island doesn’t remind you that anyone who steps foot on it is in danger.
There was a very diverse cast of characters in Skull Island… and I’m not speaking about the natives.
Bill Randa (John Goodman) is a government agent, hell bent on proving to the world that monsters do exist. James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) is a former British Special Air Service Captain, best known for his expertise in expedition… Not to mention his striking resemblance to Nathan Drake from the Uncharted video games. Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) is a war hero, who feels he has no place in the world outside of war and will stop at nothing to avenge his team killed by Kong. Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) is an anti-war photographer, with plans to expose that this “scientific expedition” is a crooked military operation. Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkens) is a seismologist, under the wing of Bill Randa. And lastly, Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly) is a former American pilot who’s been stranded on Skull Island since World War II.
Every character is completely different from the other and brings contrast to the film. They all have their own reasons for being on this “Suicide Mission”, as many believe it to be. None taking the spotlight away from the true star of the movie, Kong, but all keep the film moving.
There’s a vast amount of creatures that live on Skull Island. We see beautiful, peaceful monsters, like the giant African Buffalos and the beetle-like wood creature. Then we have the dangerous predators including pterodactyl like creatures, giant tree-spiders, and the Skulleaters. All of them are captivating and scary… Even the friendly ones.
Kong looked amazing. The SFX team did a great job making him look as realistic as can be. He wasn’t on screen for too long, (which should be no surprise, as any good monster movie would tell you) but when he was, it was amazing moment after amazing moment. This Kong wasn’t as compassionate as Kongs of late, but he did show that he wasn’t a complete monster. He did what he must to protect his territory.
Special Effects and Sound:
What I thought was pretty cool, was that Lucas Films and Ubisoft (yes, the video game company) were a part of Kong: Skull Island, lending a hand in SFX and sound. Skull Island looked and sounded amazing. The entire sound and effects teams did an amazing job of making Skull Island come to life.
Kong: Skull Island was an exciting adventure into a world of monsters. The cast and story were pretty solid, and the action was intense and captivating. The visuals were some of the best in any movie and made you feel like you were truly on the island. There were some amazing shots throughout the movie, like the one seen on the movie’s poster.
Is Kong the king of monsters? No, that crown is still worn by Godzilla. But that doesn’t mean that Kong doesn’t kick serious monster ass… because he totally does.
Kong: Skull Island is a great adventure that you should embark on.
Oh, and DO NOT leave the theater until after the credits are done rolling!!!