Justin Cooper’s review published on Letterboxd:
Well I had a very different experience with this film than I did the first time I watched it. I saw Kong: Skull Island opening weekend and it was one of my most anticipated films of that year. I have loved the story of King Kong and the morale tale behind it for years and I was ready for a new interpretation of the beast. So I believe my expectations are why I originally hated this film but now, rewatching it and knowing the type of story they were going for I gotta say that this movie is a ton of fun!
Kong in this movie is just a badass. There isn't alot of depth to him like in the 1933 and 2005 films but he gives us some of the best monster fights I have ever seen. I did like getting a little more backstory with his species and being a physical god to the people of Skull Island as I thought that was cool.
The action scenes are truly incredible and just a blast. I was blown away by the visual effects too as everything looked great. The other creature designs were actually pretty terrifying and the kills in this movie are pretty gruesome. For PG-13 I had to tell my wife to close her eyes in some parts (mostly cause I know that to much violence upsets her).
The acting all across the board was really impressive too. I think Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reily stole the show but John Goodman was right there. Everyone else did as good as any other actor could do in their role so no complaints. The characters are all incredibly surface level though and I realize that I can't remember a single characters name. Which is more a testament to the actors than the actual script.
Overall, there are more problems with Kong: Skull Island that I could continue to list but it's just a fun movie. I think if you embrace that, like I did, you will enjoy it more than if you want a more serious retelling of the classic story. It's well acted and had glorious monster action and its everything I didn't know I wanted.
Best Scene: Kong attacking the helicopters is both terrifyingly awesome and creative.