Nick Simone’s review published on Letterboxd:
Maybe this is because I’m fresh off of just having watched a realistic ape design in Jackson's 2005 Remake complete with quiet emotional moments, but this enormous and violent Kong came off a little more hokey to me this time around. That’s not to say there’s not a lot to enjoy about this movie. It’s certainly shot with style, there are some really fun action scenes, and a lot of the creature design is cool. I think I get tripped up with this movie the most because of the human characters. This cast is pretty ridiculous, but I feel like they weren’t used the best. There are just too many characters to deal with, that it almost seems that Kong himself is an afterthought. And I think I noticed this in my first review, but Goodman really comes off like he is just phoning it in the whole time. There’s also an inordinate amount of time spent on Reilly’s lost soldier, so much so that he could easily be labeled the protagonist of the film.
All in all, this is decent, especially as a set up to this mega huge version of Kong squaring off against Godzilla soon, it just doesn’t feel like the true King Kong from prior movies. But as a mega version of Kong to be included in the MonsterVerse? Yea, sure.
This marathon was nowhere near as extensive as my Godzilla-Thon in 2019, but it was a lot of fun all the same. Kong himself doesn’t have a real solid through line running through all 8 of his films (not that Godzilla has an overwhelming amount of consistency throughout his canon), but it was neat to take Kong from his roots in 1933 to his set up to rumble with Godzilla. That movie I believe was supposed to come out this March, so who knows when we’ll get to witness it, but I’ll be waiting.