Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island ★★★

Brie Larson did not win the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role so she could recieve 4th billing in a movie made so Godzilla and King Kong could fight.

It took me a while to write this review because I didn't like this movie but I didn't really know why.
Like 2014's superior Godzilla, Skull Island works as a monster movie because the viewer can constantly feel the scale of the monster doing battle. And it looks absolutely gorgeous, with some of the most vivid colors and striking visuals I've seen from a Studio Tentpole in a long, long, time. I thank god that Warner Brosm and Legendary have decided to let these movies in their new "cinematic universes" have their own destinctive styles.
This is why I really wanted to like Skull Island. Finally, a studio release willing to actually have a little personality, and maybe even, a little wierdness. Yes, I am of course referring to John C. Reilly's character, who's name doesn't matter in the slightest. In a movie full of a shockingly pedigree cast delivering dull performances, Reilly shines like shooting star. I can't overstate how much energy his character injects into the film. But, like a cup of coffee at 7 AM, that energy isn't going to last nearly long enough.
The truth is that Skull Island's trailer promised more than it ever could've delivered. The film is fun, sure, but its not the balls to the walls monster movie we were promised.
Also fuck that credits scene.