Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island ★★★★

"Man is king."

In terms of modern blockbusters, Kong Skull Island is just sooo damn fun. It's a killer feature sophomore effort as well—hype for MGS. In line with (the far too hated upon) Godzilla, this looks absolutely stunning. Despite having seen it in IMAX the first time, this still holds up on the home screen; there are so many gorgeous shots and overall vibrancy. It takes certain elements from Peter Jackson's underrated King Kong, but for my money improves in the other island dwellers and creatures. The real location, the mostly great implementation of CGI, the always excellent Vietnam soundtrack, some quality sound effects/design, and a well-rounded known cast. Some of the cast do get sidelined, but I do feel like they all have chemistry and at least a moment—John C. Reilly being the MVP once again. Based off the lacklustre trailer for Godzilla vs Kong, it seems like they're disregarding Skull Island unfortunately—especially since its the best of the new three—because I didn't see an aged Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Corey Hawkins, nor Jing Tian. And honestly, based off of what the Zilla v Kong trailer looks like, I'd much rather have a direct sequel to this, by Vogt-Roberts. #TeamKong

PS: Kong's Apocalypse Now introduction still slaps hard.

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