This movie is proof that rushed cash in sequels are nothing new. Hollywood has been guilty of such things since the beginning. It was rushed into production and released only 9 months after the original and it really shows. While the performances are solid and Carl Denham's character arc is well developed the movie feels bloated despite its short length and while the effects are still good for the time they don't impress nearly as much as its predecessor and its ending is abrupt. Most importantly Kong's son does not impress nearly as much as his dad and his existence makes no sense in the context of the first movie. Not a terrible movie but its pointless sequel that has little reason to exist
This is the kind of remake that makes people cynical about all remakes. Despite coming out some 43 years after the original 1933 classic its effects work is a step down. Not only are the dinosaurs and most of the cool creatures of Skull Island missing but instead of the great stop motion work of the original is replaced in a guy in suit far less animal like and thus less interesting. Some of the performances are actually pretty solid and in many ways more developed than the originals but that doesn't change what is in most ways a completely pointless remake
Its most noteworthy accomplishment are its groundbreaking special effects that dazzled people in the 1930s and still hold up very well today. While its characters are more than a bit one dimensional and some of its dialog rather silly it still completely works as a thrilling monster movie with a fast paced sense of adventure that never lets up. It deserves its reputation as a classic and so many movies that came later owe so much too it.
This in so many ways is the monster movie I've been waiting for. While the movie loses some points for underutilizing Bryan Cranston and going a bit overboard on the teasing it delivers what is not only the definitive presentation of Godzilla but also on capturing the feel of being a man caught in the middle of a battle between titanic beasts the size of skyscrapers. The cinematography is incredible and the performances range from good to superb. It both honors the legacy of the character it adapts and updates its with modern technology. Its a great monster movie and will hopefully spawn an awesome series of monster flicks
Some of the music is terrible and the animation sometimes leaves something to be desired but fans of fairy tales should definitely give this one a watch. It features often dark imagery for a movie that somehow got a G rating and deep themes. Its a completely artistic fantasy movie that has a feel unique to it