Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island ★★★

Vibrant colors, some fitting soundtrack choices, solid visual effects, and a star-studded cast. Kong: Skull Island has all of these things going for it.

Its problems come from the character department. Where Godzilla (2014) had basically no character, this film has too many characters and is never sure where to place its focus. A smarter screenplay would have chosen one of these characters and told the story through the lens of his or her experience. I think Brie Larson’s character would have been the best choice, as she is the most relatable “everyman” type as she’s just a photographer and not a soldier or scientist. Instead, the film shifts around its focus way too often, making for a less desirable viewing experience.

I also feel that this film could have been cut down more, perhaps removing some of the monster elements that don’t revolve around Kong or the skullcrawlers to make a slimmer, more focused movie. At the end of the day, the film does its job at being a mostly entertaining Hollywood adventure flick, but it could have fixed a few small things to be a better film.