Kong: Skull Island – Movie Review
A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.
Kong: Skull Island features enough frenetic monster action to satisfy some, but the whole affair can’t escape a vapidly hollow feeling after the credits roll. Actors like Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly successfully infuse brief moments of excitement into the characters, but the vast majority of the cast are just expendable bodies for large, CGI monsters to toy with.
Imagine taking Ian Malcolm out of Jurassic Park or Ripley out of Aliens. The best monster movies live and die on the human characters we connect with. Kong: Skull Island offers little in that department.
(See the above video review for a more in-depth discussion)
Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, frenetic action, some sexuality, language, and drug material
Run Time: 118 min