Biscoito18’s review published on Letterboxd:
I love the 2014 "Godzilla". It's an amazing monster movie that understand that the most important thing in this type of film is how you display your creature in its glorious magnitude and through the expression of wonder in the face of those who are lucky (or cursed) to cross its path.
"Kong: Skull Island" tries to do the same thing, and it almost succeeded in some scenes like the one with Chapman (played by Toby Kebbell who also did some of Kong's facial expressions) cleaning his wounds in a river until Kong starting to do the same thing. "Godzilla" also did a scene creating a "bond" between the human and the monster, like if they were the same. But different than in the 2014 film, here they waste this moment with a underdeveloped side character.
And that's one of the main problems with this movie: the lack of empathy for any of this characters on screen. There is too many characters and too much time wasted with boring sidekicks! They even tried to create some emotional connection between them, but they're too much bland for us to care (seriously, I couldn't stand that "Dear Billy..." bullshit).
The lack of blood was expected, and beside some scenes, it doesn't interfere too much with the film's brutal aspects. What really interfered was the huge tone changes during its 2 hrs. Most of the jokes don't work, not only because they're weak, but because you just saw a lot of people been brutally killed a couple of scenes ago. "Godzilla" maintains the somber atmosphere during the whole film, but here most of time looks like they're in a vacation.
That said, even with this notable mistakes, "Kong: Skull Island" is a very fun B-movie with a fun soundtrack. The color palette is mesmerizing! The creatures are impressive and the battles between some of them and Kong are amazing! Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly have the best characters (even with Reilly character being a little "over") and Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson do a great job looking good. Thank you guys for don't force-feed us with a cheap romance.
I'm excited to see the next chapter of this monster universe.
7/10 - GOOD