Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island ★★★★½

I'm not really impressed with special effects these days. I get it. You can do everything now and make it look believable and real. I need something more. KONG's filmmakers painstakingly make sure that every single shot in their movie looks awesome. That's it. Make it look awesome. And it succeeds at this endeavor beautifully and continuously.

The perspectives, the movements, the colors, the ideas. Everything in here is sheer awesomeness. Yes, partly in a Michael Bay kind of way, but I mean that in the best possible sense. It's got the coolness that Bay (tries to) exudes, but with artfulness and creativity to make it worth looking at without rolling your eyes.

The helicopter porn alone is worth the price of admission. It's lifted lifted straight out of the opening credits and final action sequence of Top Gun.
Yes, it might be fair to say that this is the closest we'll ever get to a Tony Scott (RIP) monster movie.

This is the anti-war KONG movie you were looking for. Funny. Exciting. Gorgeous. Masculine. Feminine. Simian. Maybe my favorite movie of the year so far.

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