Review: Kong: Skull Island (2017)

“We are dealing with a monster from a bygone era.”
– Preston Packard

SYNOPSIS: A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden. – via IMDB

I finally got to this, and I must say that I was more impressed than I expected to be. While Kong: Skull Island has some issues, if you don’t overthink it and just go in for what it was made for (pure entertainment), you are bound to have a pretty good time. I quite enjoyed myself throughout.

I had quite a good time with the humour, which was cheesy at times, but every now and again had a good, sharp snap to it. I also absolutely loved the soundtrack, which was totally right up my alley, and worked with this. I think the movie touted quite the impressive cast, though some of them were underused. None of them were actually given a character to really chew on, but they all served their purpose of bringing the story of Kong to life. I thought Hiddleston to be a good ex-military type, Jackson played who and what he always plays, Larson was solid (as is to be expected), and it was a treat to see Reilly here.

I did not enjoy the romance that was squashed into this (I could totally have done without it), and I must acknowledge that the movie had some super dodgy effects at times. Also, just don’t overthink it, because this is a movie to entertain, not to be picked apart like The Godfather or something. Kong was really cool, and I totally enjoyed his scenes. Those icky-ass monsters on the island that Kong protected everyone from served their purpose – to be gross as hell. Ewwww. There were also plenty fight scenes, and all were done quite well – exactly what they needed to be, which is a blockbuster action film. If that’s what you are going in for for Kong, then that is exactly what you are going to get.

Anyway, there isn’t really much to say about Kong: Skull Island other than it is quite a bit of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I had a few laughs, there were some cool fight sequences, a great soundtrack to carry it all, and decent performances from the cast. It’s seriously not a bad movie to while away some time with.

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16 thoughts on “Review: Kong: Skull Island (2017)

  1. Chris Evans says:

    Nice review Zoe, like you said it’s good fun…a bit more dumb than I would’ve liked (particularly after Godzilla) but it’s visually jaw dropping and the vietnam war era vibe worked to it’s advantage.

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    • Zoë says:

      Thanks Chris! Gotta say I hated Godzilla, and didn’t want to be that let down again. This is maybe not super smart, but it is quite fun! The vibe and music and all worked wonders for this.

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    • Zoë says:

      I truly enjoyed the way that scene was shot. She did pretty well with the material, but like all the characters she was really underdeveloped and just there to move the plot along.

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    • Zoë says:

      Certainly not brilliant, but much fun indeed. As for London, I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit, though I haven’t really done much. Actually started work today, which is fantastic. So far, so good. Hope all is well with you 🙂

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  2. Jade says:

    I gave this one a miss when it was in theatres. But like you said, who needs anything more than some blockbuster action for a Kong film? Great review! I might pick up the DVD sometime. 🙂

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