Kong: Skull Island ★★★★★

“Sometime's there's no enemy until you look for one.”

Big ass monkey. I haven’t even seen the original King Kong films and I’m not gonna lie, I probably won’t for a while. I’m a child of modern cinema, the result of throwing Spielberg, Bay, Fincher, Tarantino, Nolan and Scorsese at me from a young age. This is the first film by Jordan Vogt-Roberts I ever saw, recently watched The Kings of Summer (2013) and I’m excited to view other films of his in the future as these two have been extraordinary. 

Kong: Skull Island is the epitome of kaiju cinema. One of the greatest monster films I’ve ever seen. Spearheaded by Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman and Brie Larson, we embark on a journey not unlike ones we’ve seen before. However, this adventure is by far one of the greatest in its genre as it perfected it on every level. From the cinematography to the stacked cast, epic action sequences and fascinating lore building in the kaiju universe.

I’ve been a huge fan of Brie Larson since I saw her in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) and 21 Jump Street (2012). She’s such a beautiful, talented, outspoken actress with a voice she uses to uplift others. She uses her platform for good all while providing breathtaking performances in her filmography on more than one occasion. Since her inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Captain Marvel, I’ve followed her career closely. She’s already a super star & beloved YouTuber now and I can’t wait to see what else she does. In Kong: Skull Island she plays an anti-war investigative photojournalist who rises to the challenge every time. I loved her performance in this and hope to see the character return someday, though it seems unlikely with the direction the Monsterverse is heading with the ultimate clash between titans in Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). 

If you haven’t seen this masterpiece yet, absolutely check it out. I couldn’t recommend it enough. It’s one of my favorite films of all-time.

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