Mark Robyn

Mark Robyn
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

My review of Kong Skull Island. 6 out of 10, 4 out of 5 stars. 
Warning: Spoilers Ahead. 

Kong Skull Island had some really fun parts to it. Kong himself was great looking, though I still think they haven't come up with a Kong that really looks like a real gorilla yet, or acts like one. They always seem to have human qualities and expressions. 

The actors in the movie were very entertaining. The character of the old World War 2 soldier played by John C. Reilly was by far the most colorful and fleshed out character. The others, even the character played by Samuel L. Jackson, were fairly shallow and without much description. I have to say to me this wasn't one of Samuel L Jackson's best performances. The other actors weren't given much to work with as far as characters, there wasn't much written into the script to let us know what they were like or their backstory. 

The plot took place totally on Skull Island, which makes me personally realize just how talented the makers of the original Kong were to be able to fit just as much drama on the island in their two hours and also the whole story in New York City. 

There were some serious logic holes. For instance, why would the choppers come close enough to Kong to let him knock them out of the sky? And why would they start shooting at him, without any thought of the notion of studying this new species they'd just discovered? And when one chopper was hit, why didn't the other simply fly out of range? 

The idea that Samuel L Jackson's character would be so bent on revenge that he would act insane is a little hard to swallow. One minute he's a competent commander, and the next he is crazy, bent on killing Kong even if it puts him men in danger. 

The lizard creatures were kind of boring to me. With all the special effects, one would think they could come up with much more fascinating and terrifying creations. And there weren't that many other creatures as well. You never see the ants that are talked about, and only one giant spider. And some really big cows. 

Kong Skull Island was entertaining, but it could have been so much more. It just makes me realize how good the original was. I don't think anyone will ever surpass it for its sheer drama and edge of your seat thrills. Something about the claymation creatures in it make them even more fun, and the scene where Denham and the crew sneak up on the natives dancing will remain, in my opinion, one of the greatest scenes in movie history. I still get goosebumps thinking about it, and that hypnotic song they were singing. 

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