Kong: Skull Island – Rated PG-13 – Reviewed March 11, 2017 – IMDb
When I was a kid, back in the pre-cable TV days of yore, there was a show that came on every weekday called the 4:30 Movie. Guess what time it came on? Anyway, they generally showed B-movies and would run special weeks like, Elvis week (which my oldest brother strangely liked watching), Planet of the Apes week, Western week, you get the idea. But the best week of them all, by far, was MONSTER WEEK!!! They would show five of the Godzilla movies (or Gojira as he was originally named in Japan) and we would sneak watch them all. My dad did not let us watch TV on school nights the tyrant. Wanted us to do things like play outside and read and stuff.
They had the worse special effects, lousy story lines, were badly dubbed and had about two distinct plots in total. Monster destroys city, people fight monster away OR Monster attacks city and OTHER Monsters come to the rescue.
But they had giant monsters! That’s all I needed to know and cared about. Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, Mechagodzilla, and of course King Kong were what I wanted to see.
Well, Kong: Skull Island made me feel like a kid again and I enjoyed the hell out of the movie. Not as campy as the original movies and along with some really great actors, made the movie a more modern and mature movie that I don’t have to closet watch for fear of ridicule.
The weakest part of the story, IMHO was… and I hate to say this…. Samuel L. Jackson’s character. The military guy who is looking for a new war to fight. I’m sure I will get a lot of blow back for saying that but his character just annoyed the shit out of me.
On the brighter side, John C. Reilly’s character was great and added a good touch of humor to the film and there were tons of quotable lines. One of my favorites: (Hank Marlow has been trapped on Skull Island since WWII for about 25 years and is speaking with one of the soldiers that just arrived)
Hank Marlow: Who’s winning the war?
Captain James Conrad: Which one?
Hank Marlow: …That makes sense, I guess.
One of the things that I like is that they didn’t do the usual “tease the audience and only show the monster after a while” tactic and instead put Kong in right away. Plus, the after credits scene almost made me giddy!