Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island ★★★

Disgustingly hungover today so I just needed something which allowed me to completely switch my brain off for a couple hours. Since everyone's been banging on about Godzilla vs. Kong for ages I thought I'd take my first dive into the Monsterverse with Kong: Skull Island; the main attraction for which is that it's directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the man responsible for the wonderful The Kings of Summer.

Essentially, this does what it says on the tin: it's a massive blockbuster which gets by on a stupid amount of CGI, a bunch of big-name movie stars, and explosive action sequences. The writing is basic and dumb, the soundtrack is obnoxious, and the performances come from actors who are there simply to get paid (Hollywood will be saved only when Brie Larson is no longer cast in movies). On the other hand, Vogt-Roberts does bring a very distinct style to proceedings which injects it all with real energy and flair at times. Canted camera angles, fast editing, and some gorgeous standout shots occasionally give this the feel of an indie movie blown way out of proportion. The world of Skull Island itself is really fun to get lost in, too - and surprisingly brutal in terms of the kills, whether it be dismemberment, impalement, or some other creative execution. I also maintain that there's no greater cinematic joy than a well-done giant spider. Props for that.

Kong: Skull Island may not have cured my hangover but it did distract me for two hours, and I had a decent amount of fun in the process. Kong is dummy thicc as well, so that helped.

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