Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island ★★★

An entertaining, but extremely hollow experience at the theater.

It's kind of similar to Jurassic World in a lot of ways: an indie filmmaker is given an enormous budget to put big monsters and explosive spectacle on the screen, but he does not care in the slightest to make his characters three-dimensional, let alone two-dimensional, with the worst example being the tough guy (main?) character who has the personality of a bucket of dirt. And like both, I enjoyed myself, despite the extremely lazy characterizations, but I have no desire to ever see this again.

Aside from that, there's not a lot to say. The nods to Vietnam films were nice if at times cartoony, the violence is surprisingly graphic at times (this borders on an R-rating, especially considering how explicit the violence is), the effects are great, the fight scenes were very well done, and the acting was fine. And that pretty much sums up the entire film for me: it's merely fine. I'll probably forget most of what happened in the film by next week, or perhaps even when I've seen John Wick 2 for a second time tonight. Kong's enjoyable yet forgettable fluff.

Tom Hiddleston's character, though...good lord. Not only did he have no personality, you can pretty much cut that entire character out of the film. He did nothing!