Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

I always like to see anything that can make me feel like a kid again.  Nostalgia is always a great selling point for any potential film I am about to watch.  Kong:Skull Island is definitely a movie that had plenty of nostalgia to bring to anyone who is a fan of old time monster movies.  I was transported back to my old basement watching this film plugging in the VHS tape that was worn down from playing and replaying of this great genre and I imagine most people who see this film will have at least a semblance of the same feel.  The great thing about this film is that it had all of the old King Kong feel with a new story to go along with it.  Maybe not entirely, but we didn’t end up on the Empire State building as we have seen in the past which was refreshing to not sit through the same King Kong that was made in 2005.  

Kong:Skull Island, while not having all the parts of the old story, still has some of the great tropes that it needed.  Kong, as he has always been, is still king.  As he rules Skull Island’s inhabitants and protects his territory with some amazing action scenes.  It is also seen through Kong’s interactions with Oscar winning Actress Brie Larson, the ape still has hints of his personality, intelligence, and preference for Blondes that all King Kong fans know.  Along with Larson, the cast also includes a slew of stars ranging from the comical John C. Reilly, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, and the great Samuel L. Jackson himself.  

The plot of this film was interesting because as it always has been fear from humans or potential fame by Jack Black’s King Kong in 2005, the drive to battle Kong took the form of revenge by Samuel L.  Samuel L. Jacksons character, Preston Packard, had an interesting character development as the film alludes to not feeling fulfilled by his achievements, so the internal motivation of the character could be to prove that he is superior.  Regardless of the motivations of Samuel L.’s character, his ruthlessness and unbridled fearlessness in the physical face of danger staring down King Kong through the flames of helicopters Kong had laid waste to is enough to make any viewer notice the tension between the two characters.  

As for the portrayal of Kong himself, I believe the creators took note of the cries from fans of Godzilla (2014).  Many audience members of Godzilla (2014) including myself yearned for more shots of the main character himself.  In Kong:Skull Island, you definitely get to see a lot of the king himself.  

As for the monsters, I am still waiting to see the one’s I grew up with.  The ‘skull crawlers’ were interesting don’t get me wrong and a definite step in the right direction from the opposing monsters of Godzilla, but I still want to see Rodan and Mothra soar across the screen, while I may need to wait for the next installment in the franchise.  

Overall, I give this movie a 4 out of 5, go see this movie especially if you were a fan of the old movies and you won’t be disappointed.  

By: Joe Kucharski

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