It took me a little while to see this movie. That should tell you something already about this film. Let’s face it, you know the story. With King Kong, the movies that feature the oversize primate seem to have the same thing happening but just in a different location. So in that regard, it’s very important that the words “Skull Island” is included in the title because the location and its inhabitants is what makes this film fun and entertaining.
John Goodman plays Bill Randa, a scientist who is bored of his life and can’t help with tamper with things meant to kept hidden takes a group of soldiers to an unknown Island to discover that life and evolution has been amped up encountering many creatures including our beloved Kong.
Along for the ride are a handful of Marvel characters to assist. I swear you can’t have a movie now without someone who is already or becoming part of the MCU. No, the characters are no in this movie but their actor counterparts are. Samuel L. Jackson provides the brut of the bunch hell-bent on revenge and keeping man on top of the food chain. Tom Hiddleston, hired to be the tracker and guide. With the lack of story and character development with his character they might as well have just brought a compass and a hound dog. Then you have Brie Larson, who is the photographer to assist in providing proof of their findings but if I am being real she provides the feminine wilds to keep Kong in check and make sure The King is on their side. Poor Brie who is suffering from Oscar curse given a crappy role after winning the golden trophy for her amazing performance in Room . She is given a lot of lines that were so cheesy and useful it’s a little bit of an insult.
To save us from a flat story and okay dialogue is Skull Island, home of Kong and a lot of other interesting and entertaining creatures to provide lots of action, excellent kills, and some chest pumping. I have to admit that I was surprised with how much fun I had watching them and just the discovery of them all. Also on the island was the MVP of the film is John C. Reilly as Hank Marlow who during the war crash landed on the island and was forced to make do with his new home and navigate his way around to stay alive. Of course time on an island like that can make you go a little loopy and I’d have to say he did a great job playing an expert of skull island but a eccentric at the same time. Even though most of his lines and antics provided comic relief he gave us a serious vibe and suspenseful moments warning these trespassers that they are in a lot of danger. This movie really shows another example of how versatile Reilly’s acting is. He still just about every scene he is in.
Jurassic Park meets Rampage with a pinch of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.”
Overall, I’d say this movie is worth a watch on the big screen. Its fun and full of action. If you are a fan of the Kong movies, this one doesn’t disappoint. I would say that this feature is better than the 2014 Godzilla. Unfortunately, I was a bit bored with the flow of the film since I’ve been down this road before. A strength I notice is wondering who is the big true villain of the movie: The humans or the Creatures they disturbed. That provided a little bit of plot to drive the story out. The fight scenes were excellent to watch. Watching Kong fight and show everyone whose boss with the heart of gold was a delight. There was even a sequence where he channeled Gogo Yubari on one of those skull crawlers that got me to applaud with excitement. If they had provided better characters who visit the island this movie would have been a lot better.
A head’s up, stay through the credits of this movie. I think you will be plenty satisfied with what you see and I’m telling you, without this post credit scene, this movie would have received a lower score then I gave it. So moviegeeks, would you say this movie is worth seeing in the theatres? If you’ve seen it, what did you think?
Feel free to comment and tell me what you thought and I’ll see you at the movies.