Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island ★★½

Gets progressively worse each time. In some ways it’s a movie that loves paying homage to the war films based on the Vietnam era, and it’s clearly having fun with itself a bit too much (if you shake it more than twice you’re playing with it). All of the Kong action is genuine spectacle, but this is an entire cast filled with too many characters. Two different camera people and Goodman and Larson are terrible, a tracker for some reason, two students who have a degree in something perfectly relevant to the plot, Sam Jackson playing dude with a God complex, and John C. Reilly. It’s just not fun after the first time you see it.

The cinematography is lush and explosive. Very creative with how it lights some scenes, especially at night, but once you get past how all of it looks and how it doesn’t really service anything in the movie after they first reach the island... it’s kind of a chore.

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