pandrez’s review published on Letterboxd:
Look, Skull Island is fun. It's exactly what'd you expect from a blockbuster about a giant ape fighting off enormous lizards, spiders, squids, etc.
The cast is all overall pretty solid, Brie Larson is by far my favorite character but that's just because she's... you know, Brie Larson. The biggest surprise to me is that I didn't end up hating John C. Reilly's character as I thought I would from the trailers. Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman and Samuel L Jackson are all great as is the rest of the supporting cast.
The thing that truly truly shines about Kong though is that production design. This movie is GORGEOUS, and truth be told, probably my favorite part of the entire movie is the cinematography. The period appropriate soundtrack is also amazing as is the design of the actual island. The action is great, which paired with the killer visuals makes for some of the most entertaining fights I've seen in a monster movie since Pacific Rim.
My only real gripe with the movie is that the script is just a tad bit corny and predictable. While the corniness works in its favor at some points, overall it's just not that interesting of a storyline nor was I truly as invested with any of the characters as I wanted to be. But really, how much depth can you expect out of a movie centered around an enormous ape fighting off demonized versions of Cubone?
Overall though, I had fun. It IS better than Peter Jackson's and a tad bit better than the Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, but it's nothing too groundbreaking aside from the visuals (which I experienced in IMAX 3D so I'm slightly biased). It left me satisfied just enough to hold me over until the Godzilla: King of Monsters movie and the eventual showdown between the two superstar beasts.