Kong: Skull Island

Movie review

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.
While most people go to the movies to be wow-ed by amazing cinematography, oustanding acting performances and stories that make you insides go all fuzzy etm, I’m the kind of person that enjoys the campy stuff and solid CG (something that surprisingly is not a standard in this day and age). Is it trying hard to be funny and entertaining? Yes, it does. Does it work? For me, it sure did.
In this take of the Kong story John Goodman and Corey Hawkins hire Loki and Captain Marvel to come with them on an expedition to an uncharted island in the Pacific based on their favourite conspiracy theory: Hollow earth. On the island they find a marooned WW2 veteran played by John C. Reilly.
As the film takes place in 70s, right at the end of U.S.’s invasion of Vietnam, the soundtrack includes classics from that era like Jefferson Airplane and CCR. (I should clarify that this is not a con but big plus in my book.) A part from that the rest of it is really nothing special mixed with a bunch of well-timed but totally redundant jump-scares.
It’s the kind of movie that is not out to win big during the next award season – not because the acting was bad or the production overall didn’t hold up but rather because “Godzilla-Cabin in the Woods”-hybrids with a Marvel cast are usually scorned by high-brow audiences. That said there seems to be a high possibility that this movie was only the first in a series of conspiracy theory riddled CG adventures – at least when you consider the totally unexpected after-credit scene…

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Writers: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly
Based on a story by John Gatins
Genre: Action, Adenture, Fantasy

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