Ryan Overby’s review published on Letterboxd:
A saturated journey through the depths of war and man’s uncertainties, Kong: Skull Island is a series of punches that never lets up. When going into this film, I had expectations for Kong to be the “big bad” but in reality the true villain of the film is mankind’s urge to massacre anything that is different from the normality of our daily lives. The character of Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard (played by Samuel L Jackson with stunning savagery) also has the element of severe jingoism, which accumulates to one nasty motherfucker. The color palette in this movie is really gorgeous. I was at a loss for words on how to describe such an immaculate haze that this film carried throughout its 118 minute runtime. The sunkissed oranges bleeds through the dulled, blue skies. With a quirky (if not well-developed) main cast that ties this film together, this movie makes me upset that there isn’t that big of a Monster-Verse, and I have hopes for 2014’s Godzilla.