John Winters’s review published on Letterboxd:
Exhilarating, thrill a minute, bombastic, and honestly what feels like a pretty perfect King Kong movie. Is it the 1933 classic? No. Is it better than the 2005 Peter Jackson version? Hell yeah it is. This movie is capital F, U, N, FUN. The acting is fine for this, Hiddleston is pretty one-note and Brie Larson really doesn't have to do much but Sam Jackson and John C. Reilly are both really entertaining, but Kong is on the main stage. The design is great, his battles with the other creatures on the island are a boatload of fun, the early 70's Vietnam setting and the military grunts are so perfect for this, etc. The movie just works on every level and I'm going to give this a 4.5/5, which just seems crazy all things considered but I really don't have many complaints. It's extremely rare that I wish a movie were any longer, but I kind of wish this had another 15-20 minutes. I enjoyed it that much.
I consider myself to be a pretty serious film buff and honestly feel a little dumb being so impressed by this, but I was so sue me.