Kong – Skull Island: Not Awesome

Honestly, I checked the rotten tomatoes score for this movie, standing at a respectable 79%. It should really be around 30%, to be honest.

Kong: Skull Island is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, director of Kings of Summer, and stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, John Goodman, and John C Reilly, and written by  Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly. These guys really are pretty good at their own craft, all of whom have worked on many other great projects. Which is surprising, because this movie honestly sucked. Here are the upsides: it looks pretty, action was entertaining while ridiculous at times, and maybe two characters worked. It’s a short list.

Again, this movie was bad. While trying to capture the Vietnam era cinematography, it was too distracted with what next action set piece they’ll pull. Also, with the characters, with most some groundwork, some just were one note. Example: All of them (except John C Reilly). Sure, Tom Hiddleston’s character was an amazing tracker and was part of the British whatever, he’s honestly just the typical blockbuster male. I could go on with other characters, but I want to talk about Samuel L Jackson’s character. He made sense: we saw that he didn’t want the war to end, then he thanks his commander for another opt, then has most of his men killed, begins a war with the monster that kills him, dies trying, and that’s a pretty okay story. John C Reilly’s was the same way: we saw him land on the island, he stays there and forms a relationship with his former foe, builds a good reputation with the natives, and jumps at the opportunity to go back home to his family. That’s a good story. Sadly, the rest of the characters(so many, so so many) all fall sort of average.

I blame this films downfall on two reasons: poor editing and worse writing. This may have been an alright blockbuster, because I did see elements of good storytelling through a them of war and god-like power: the ship named Athena, Hiddleston’s father regarded as a legend, and King Kong referred to as a god several times. This could have had been a classic case of studio mishandling the script through rewrites and shit, and that’s what it turned out to be. Then the editing, while good continuity, we could have had more time with each characters or better juxtaposition of shots.

It’s really all I can say about this film; it just could have had been better, so much better. These things happen, as Chris Struckman mentioned in his review, an indie director gets handed a huge budget even though they have no idea on how to properly handle large budgets, and it just doesn’t work out and it’s a CGI heavy piece of ew.

This is my first really negative review, but feel free to explore my site for more of good movies and if you liked this article, feel free to like, share, and follow.

Have a good day!

-Jake Enemark

Photo Credit: Legendary Entertainment, Tencent Pictures

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