Kong: Skull Island ★★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

The best of the bunch of Legendary's MonsterVerse, Kong: Skull Island is an exhilarating, frantic ride through Kong's homeland.

Kong sports an excellent ensemble cast with Samuel Jackson, Brie Larsen, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman and John C. Reilly, and it doesn't make you wait like the Godzilla movies to present its "biggest" star (sorry, couldn't resist the pun).

Kong makes his presence known in a fantastic three minute prequel.

And at the 30 minute mark, one of the best big monster action scenes takes place. As the army helicopters drop charges across the jungle to Black Sabbath's "Paranoid," a tree hurls itself straight into the windshield of one of the helicopters and all hell lets loose.

The shot of Kong silhouetted against the setting sun with helicopters in slo-mo approaching is absolutely iconic. And there's the shot of a flying body taking out a helicopter. How cool is that?

The problem with having that scene so early (which I loved), is that you get so pumped up but you have another 90 minutes to go with the usual middle arc slow filler.

But overall, Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has crafted a thrill ride of an action movie. The cinematography is just top notch. His take on Kong?

Director Vogt-Roberts wanted Kong to feel like a "lonely god, he was a morose figure, lumbering around this island," and took the design back to the 1933 incarnation, which presented Kong as a "bipedal creature that walks in an upright position."

With the upcoming release of Godzilla vs. King Kong, fans are taking sides on social media. I like both equally, but I have to pick Kong based on the latest movies.

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