Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island ★★★★

A muscular monster movie like this feels like it belongs in the summer lineup. It was weird seeing an effects-heavy popcorn thriller in March, but don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. If every studio treated the entire calendar equally and just released all types of films at any given time, the world would be a happier place. It sucks at the beginning of the year when they dump their least exciting projects.

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But then again, when a surprise like this comes along after a weak start of the year, it makes the experience more memorable. Kong: Skull Island is sort of the less fancy version of the popular franchise, when compared to Peter Jackson's lovingly detailed spectacle from 2005. But less fancy doesn't make it a loser. I'd give both versions a healthy B+ for completely different reasons. Skull Island moves along briskly, features a terrific cast of well-established actors, a punchy script, exotic locales and a director who delivers exactly what everyone wants: a good time.

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