Mitchell Cronk’s review published on Letterboxd:
2017 Ranked - HERE
I had always been under the impression that I wasn’t a huge fan of these monsters movies after watching them in theatres but this now makes two in a row that I’ve enjoyed far more on a rewatch. Prior to this viewing I thought I liked Godzilla more as a film but Kong: Skull Island really surprised me and it is currently my favourite in this franchise. The negatives are obvious, the human characters are not that interesting and the first half-hour is a bit of a crawl because of it. Once they reach Skull Island though, this thing kicks it into gear and had me fully invested the rest of the way. There are too many human characters that each get the smallest amount of development, resulting in them feeling pretty unimportant and uninteresting but I actually really liked John C. Reilly’s character as he was the easiest to connect with. Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson are also likeable enough that I sort of cared about them but the rest of the characters are completely disposable. Kong is the real star, as he should be, the battles are so entertaining to watch and truly cement this as a pretty solid blockbuster. There are also some beautiful shots throughout that I didn’t remember, I was just overall really impressed with this film especially because I didn’t remember liking it this much. Kong: Skull Island is a really good movie, I didn’t know I felt this way but I’m happy I enjoyed it so much more on a rewatch. I’m hoping to fit in Godzilla: King of the Monsters as well before watching the ultimate battle of Godzilla vs. Kong but if not I can’t wait to see what it brings, I’ve always been more of a Kong guy so I hope he brings it.