Adrian’s review published on Letterboxd:
'An uncharted island. Let me list all the ways you're gonna die: rain, heat, disease-carrying flies, and we haven't started on the things that want to eat you alive.'
Kong: Skull Island is without a doubt the most batshit insane blockbuster I have ever seen in my entire life. There are simply so many things that I enjoyed: The post-Vietnam war setting worked perfectly fine, the CGI looked brilliant, the soundtrack was awesome, and the several monsters were absolutely terrifying. In addition to that, there was a fight between Kong and one of those Skull Crawlers near the end which left me in a state of shock. Never before have I seen a monster fight looking so real.
Of course, there are plenty of things to criticize about Kong: Skull Island. The screenplay is ridiculous. The dialogue is cheesy. The characters are flat as a pancake. There are several miscasts, especially Tom Hiddleston and John Goodman are easily replaceable, and I haven't thought that I would ever say something like this about John fuckin' Goodman.
I have read several reviews about this movie before going in, so I knew about those flaws, and I decided to switch off my brain and enjoy the roller coaster ride. I am absolutely convinced that this is the best way to go into this movie, because I had some great time with this flick. Kong: Skull Island is aware of the fact that it's a bright shining B-movie, and you can clearly see that it doesn't take itself too seriously. I really admire this fact.
What should I say, there are many reasons why you should see this movie: John C. Reilly and Samuel L. Jackson seem like they had the time of their lives with their characters. The visuals are simply brilliant, going full Apocalypse Now-mode from time to time. The action is absolutely insane. There are machine guns, there are bombs, there are grenades, and there are plenty of people dying. Be aware of that. I can only advise you to lean back, make yourselves comfortable, and simply enjoy the ride.