Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island ★★★

I'm all for gazing at their smooth pretty faces for a couple of hours, & those photo interludes were nice enough, but this mess didn't need Brie Larson or Tom Hiddleston. Or, to be specific, their characters -- instead of throwing a "tour guide" and a photo journalist on top of the pile of pilots and grunts and scientists and company men, slim down the roll call & make the Corey Hawkins and Jing Tian characters the leads. Not only does this tighten the story's focus, but then you can find another top-notch character actor type to play the guide & sacrifice them to the meat grinder instead of poor John Ortiz (or even poor Marc Evan Jackson). At least most of those top-notch character actors go out in gruesome style.

I'll let y'all know when I figure out my feelings about that "Michael Bay's Apocalypse Now" island-bombing sequence (specifically the back-to-back shots of the explosion clouds blooming across the island and the reflection of those blooming explosions in a pilot's aviator glasses).

Also, please stop with the stone obvious music drops.