Esteban Gonzalez’s review published on Letterboxd:
¨I spent 30 years trying to prove the truth: monsters exist.¨
Kong: Skull Island delivers what it promises from the very opening scene. Unlike other recent monster movies where the viewer has to wait nearly half of the film to get a glimpse of the titular character, Kong is shown on screen frequently and often. I'm usually not a fan of this approach because I like the movie to build up over time and leave us in suspense, but here it works to get to see King Kong from the very opening scene because it serves as an indicator that this film is going to be plane fun and that we shouldn't worry about the plot elements. The story isn't what everyone is going to talk about once they leave the theater. All they are going to remember are the fabulous monster fights and the hilarious one liners. The characters are all one dimensional here, but it is alright because the film honors early Japanese King Kong versions where the story was the less important part of the film. We get what we pay for in a King Kong film and the effects are effective. The film goes a bit further and it alo delivers incredible imagery and cinematography reminiscent of Apocalypse Now. Director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, deliberately uses imagery from that film and it makes this one look a lot better than it should. I loved the effects, the fight scenes, and the cinematography. The story was very poorly developed and I didn't care much for the introduction of each character, but I did enjoy the chemistry between Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson. John C. Reilly delivered the comedy and it worked well for me. Those were the only three characters I honestly cared for. The rest of the cast was forgettable and I didn't like Samuel L. Jackson's role here. The film is a memorable ode to kaiju movies and it also works well as a buildup to the face off between Kong and Godzilla. This was almost a completely opposite approach to the Godzilla film, but both worked in their own way. Hiddleston proved he can be the next Indiana Jones.