Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island ★★★

Honestly I'm tempted to give this two stars, but the monster bits are really good, and that's what matters most... I guess.

This came out in 2017, and my memory isn't that bad, so it's pretty telling how interesting the characters are in this when I totally forgot Brie Larson and John Goodman are playing two major characters in it. It's probably because there's too many characters and not enough personality to go around. John C. Reilly is clearly the standout because he gets all the craziest lines, and Samuel L. Jackson is just doing that thing he does which is never less than entertaining. The strong, sometimes striking visuals carry what is a super uninteresting movie outside of the monster shit. I just don't care about any of these characters. Tom Hiddleston is our all action hero, and we see him being a badass at the beginning, but he's just sort of there for huge chunks of it. It's often really noticeable how little both he and Larson have so say throughout the movie other than reacting to exposition or other characters.

Again, the visuals and the monsters are where this shines and the fight between Kong and the Skullcrawler at the end of the movie is probably the best punch up in any of the Monsterverse movies that have been released so far. I was hoping I'd like this a lot more upon a rewatch, but I think I like it even less than I did. It feels a little insane that the post credits sequence got more of my attention than 90% of the rest of the movie.

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