Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island ★★★★

Almost Spielbergian in the way it so unapologetically blends energetic fun with a sense of childlike wonder. Setpiece after setpiece is destined to make your inner (and/or actual) child have their expression settle somewhere between a sudden jaw drop and a gleeful grin for the entire runtime. The titular island itself is a stunningly vibrant mosaic of countless colors, utilizing the psychadelic haze of the Vietnam era to paint one entrancingly colorful image after another. And gosh golly, John C. Reilly is nothing less than an absolute delight in every way (especially when you give him a samurai sword). 

This is a blockbuster with a pulse, a big ol' heart, and a sense of intelligence keen enough to fully embrace its lack of one. Jordon Vogt-Roberts directs with the vision and enthusiasm of someone who's wanted to direct every frame of this movie since he was a 12 year old boy, and honestly, I dare you not to feel like that overjoyed kid while watching this.

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