Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island ★★★½

Kong at his loudest and dumbest but a lot more fun than I was expecting.

The island and its various creatures is my favorite part of any Kong movie so I appreciate how much time was actually spent on the titular island. Focusing on that while chopping off the usual, inevitable tragic turn and return to the city was a nice change of pace. They also throw in enough fun creatures for Kong to help, eat, or kill to keep things interesting.

Some of the music choices get to be a bit much (there's a literal needle drop at one point). The military characters are all pretty much stock cannon fodder. Sam Jackson is doing the same thing he's been doing for years but this time with an Apocalypse Now twist.

But whatever, it's fun. And unlike its monsterverse predecessor, Kong doesn't mind showing you the monster that you paid to see.

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