Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Critic Consensus: Offering exhilarating eye candy, solid acting, and a fast-paced story, Kong: Skull Island earns its spot in the movie monster's mythos without ever matching up to the classic original.
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Critic Reviews for Kong: Skull Island
There's enough material out there to fuel a string of reboots, but the swing toward diminishing returns has already begun.
It's fun to watch the [monsters] in action, but on the human side, the film is clumsily written, over-cast and underacted, with only frustrated soldier Samuel L. Jackson striking the right tone of crazy amid the chaos.
The action and special effects are mostly first-rate and Vogt-Roberts maintains a vaguely satiric tone that sidesteps schlockiness.
Creedence Clearwater Revival thrums on the soundtrack - has any '70s movie managed to avoid it? - but when the giant spiders start stomping, Vogt-Roberts earns the right to blast "Run Through the Jungle."
It is the platonic ideal of big, smart-dumb B-movie filmmaking - and, like Kong himself, it must be seen to be believed.
Audience Reviews for Kong: Skull Island
As good as the original, even if the underlying theme is a set-up match with Godzilla.
Skull Island doesn't even try to go the "white woman on Empire State Building" path but instead offers a wild, violent and funny survival monster movie with lots of monsters, action and carnage. The actors are great and create interesting characters, especially John C. Reilly rules every scene he's in. The film doesn't even try to be more than a huge monster mash, there are few subtle tones, but plenty of great effects, creepy beasts and locations. When it comes to a fun ride and monster screen time this film wipes the floor with the most recent "Godzilla". It'll be interesting to see how their big meeting will turn out in a couple of years. The post-credits scene already hints at it.
Kong: Skull Island is a mindless popcorn flick but it's still pretty entertaining. This is a lot less ambitious than previous interpretations. Kong's noble savagery is still apparent, but the main thrust of this action is little more than monsters run amok. The original fantasy had a self-contained plot with a poignant message. This entry exists as an intro to a beast that will go on to star in more installments. That modifies the narrative in a pretty significant way. In more cosmetic changes, the production is envisioned as a period piece as it moves the time frame back to 1973. 70s rock music blares on the soundtrack as helicopters loom in search of a mysterious figure in the jungle. Allusions to a certain Francis Ford Coppola directed war film are deliberate. Yet, I'm still not sure whether it's intended to be so intellectually shallow. I suppose there's joy in the simplicity of just the spectacle. Let's put it this way, the less you think about it, the better it gets. fastfilmreviews.com
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