The marketing material for "Kong: Skull Island" was definitely interesting because it looked like it had an interesting tone, akin to a combination of "Apocalypse Now", "Mad Max: Fury Road", and of course, "King Kong". I must say, the tone is indeed unique, and is the most impressive part of the film that overshadows its flaws.
To begin, the film is an ensemble film, and it falls to the same flaws that cause an issue in all ensemble films. No one character truly gets enough development to be a fully satisfying "hero", and as such, our "hero" (Tom Hiddleston) does feel a bit forced. There is also the issue that the storyline is a bit jumpy in the beginning to allow all of the character introductions. Each character fits into a clear archetype, and that is okay in some cases, but in some cases, like that of Brie Larson, who fills the damsel-in-distress archetype, a stronger character would have been more effective. The film also chooses to kill off the characters that it chooses to kill of in a weird order, and while their death scenes are definitely impactful to the progression of the plot, they don't really have the emotional impact that they have the potential for. That being said, the writing isn't all bad, in fact, I thought it was pretty god as a whole. The film is a well-told origin story. The comedic relief is very well worked-in, especially through the character of John C. Reilly. Additionally, it works in a lot of social commentary involving the Vietnam War, both directly and indirectly (through the use of symbolism in the storyline involving Kong). Never does the film feel hectic, nor does it feel rushed or dragged out. It is just very good entertainment that also poses some interesting historical and social questions.
The execution of the film is very, very impressive. The CGI throughout the film is great, especially that of Kong. The cinematography is also very good, with a lot of impressive shots that showcase scenery and serve to create foreshadowing. I especially loved the use of reflection throughout the film. Soundtrack choices and color design aid the satirical humor in creating the unique tone that the film showcases. And as a bonus, all of the roles are acted really well.
Overall, I thought that "Kong: Skull Island" was a very good reboot of the series. It isn't perfect, but it is impressive in technical terms and its writing offers some very interesting commentary.
Kong: Skull Island
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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