Movie Monday: Kong: Skull Island

I watched the new Kong movie a few weeks ago and I had mixed feelings on it.


Kong: Skull Island takes place after the end of Vietnam war, when a Government group – albeit a more cult one – manages to authorise a military assisted visit to an island that has, until now, been unvisited by humans – or so they think.


After a turbulent flight through tornadoes or hurricanes, the team reach the island. In fairness wouldn’t such turbulence be a big red flag to not go in there? Movie logic means no, that’s a invitation. Once on the island, the team – consisting of a nutty government duo, military, a hired mercenary and a photographer – they begin to drop bombs to “map the area.” Instead what happens is they awaken all the oversized creatures of this island that they are quick to call monsters and in line with human nature, they want to kill them all. Shortly following arrives the star of the movie, Kong. The king of the island there to protect those that live on it from visitors dropping bombs as well as the unknown threat that lives under the island surface.


Kong doesn’t react kindly to the bombs and so ensues a fight scene that leaves the team scattered and depleted. Tom Hiddleston’s character and the others with him find the natives of the island and a man who has been stranded on Skull Island since World War 2. 


From here on out begins an action packed, power struggle. The military V Kong, Kong v the “Skull crushers” and the Tom Hiddleston V the Military.


We get amazing camera shots and an intense fight scene between two, what I presume are, CGI creatures. Even if the fight scene is slowly built up to and overly dragged out. 

Fact: This remake is the 7th official remake since the original was released in 1933. 

This movie brings no new twists, in my opinion, and feels like a pretty pointless movie. It would have proved more interesting to not focus on Kong but perhaps create a feature film on giant monsters on an mysterious Pacific island. Kong is visually magnificent but so were the other oversized animals including insects, lizard like creatures and a buffalo and I would like to have seen more of them.

I haven’t seen much buzz online about Kong and I am unsure if this is due to me not looking in the right places or if it simply is a dull as I thought.

The action is pretty standard, as are the tropes and no animation monkey will impress me as much as when Caesar said “No”.


Kong: Skull Island has received ratings of: IMDb 6.9/10, Rotten Tomatoes 76%.

This film boats an almost all star cast, with Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, John Goodman but this doesn’t improve much in the way of plot as most characters are indispensable.

The movie was terrible but it wasn’t great either.

One word review: OK

Rating: 3/5 ( I’m being generous)

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