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03.11.2017

We haven't seen the legendary King Kong onscreen since Peter Jackson took a swing at the classic tale in 2005's epic KING KONG, which seemed to kind of close the book on the need to redo that story again (for at least another couple decades, anyway). However, you can't keep a good Kong down and now he's back on the big screen with Jordan Vogt-Roberts KONG: SKULL ISLAND, which serves as both a kind of origin story and franchise reboot that will, contingent on box office, launch us into more monster mayhem films of this ilk with an eventual Godzilla team-up/battle in the works. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, Toby Kebbell, Shea Whigham, and Jason Mitchell, the film is packed with a solid cast and from the looks of the marketing it has some bang-up effects to trumpet as well.

The reviews have been exceedingly positive for the film, which currently sits at a certified 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. Our own review from Chris Bumbray was also positive (although with some misgivings), who gave it a 7/10, saying, "Some clunky exposition and the aforementioned self-consciously cool bits aside, this is a blast."

Check out all the trailers, spots, featurettes, clips and our exclusive interviews for KONG: SKULL ISLAND below!

And with that, now it's your turn! We want to hear what YOU thought of the film! You can POST YOUR OWN REVIEW of the film in the below strikebacks or on your own Movie Fan Central profile, if you so desire. Naturally, we'd prefer you to comment only if you've seen the film as that's the point here, but do what feels good. Just don't get mad if you get trounced for trolling or posting blatant spoilers in headlines. Healthy debate, genuine thoughts, and respectful interactions is all we ask. So, let's hear it: Was this a Skull Island you'd want to revisit or one to avoid at all costs?

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7:19PM on 03/15/2017
Thought it was fun, music was good and John C Reilly steals the movie (as did Brie Larson's rack...damn she's fine). Glad I saw it in IMAX as there was a trailer/scene from "Dunkirk" shown. And the post-credits scene gave me a fanboy chubby.
Thought it was fun, music was good and John C Reilly steals the movie (as did Brie Larson's rack...damn she's fine). Glad I saw it in IMAX as there was a trailer/scene from "Dunkirk" shown. And the post-credits scene gave me a fanboy chubby.
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11:52PM on 03/13/2017
loved it so fun
loved it so fun
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5:57PM on 03/13/2017

Fantastic

Yes, if you're looking for the next Oscar contender for Best Movie move along. If you want fun, great action, John C Reilly making you care about a character, some not so great details, then you'll love this.

Really wiped the stain of Peter Jackson from the King Kong legacy.

They really need some better attention to detail - Jackson's M14 has a scope then no scope, some how Helicopter Pilots are seasoned field grunts, an M60 turns into a tripod mounted m2 .50 cal, somehow a ship carrying
Yes, if you're looking for the next Oscar contender for Best Movie move along. If you want fun, great action, John C Reilly making you care about a character, some not so great details, then you'll love this.

Really wiped the stain of Peter Jackson from the King Kong legacy.

They really need some better attention to detail - Jackson's M14 has a scope then no scope, some how Helicopter Pilots are seasoned field grunts, an M60 turns into a tripod mounted m2 .50 cal, somehow a ship carrying 5 helicopters launches a dozen - wtf.

Other than the helicopters, I can forgive those inconsistencies. Tim Hiddleson is terribly under used.

Kong is incredible, incredibly well done. This really sets up the cinematic universe, Kong and Godzilla fight, creatures come from the underground caverns, established in Skull Island, and they both work to defeat those creatures and save humanity. It was telling when Mothra, Gidra and others were listed as copyright of Toho when the credits scrolled - I was like why are they listed, then the after credits scene explained why.
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11:59AM on 03/13/2017
It was a good movie, I very much enjoyed it. It wasn't as good as 'Logan', but few movie are.
It was a good movie, I very much enjoyed it. It wasn't as good as 'Logan', but few movie are.
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1:19AM on 03/13/2017
The visuals were fantastic and some shot absolutely beautiful, poster on my wall beautiful if I collected posters. I think they did a fantastic job with Kong and he kind of reminded me of a brown harry Hulk. I also liked how you can clearly see he's a protective creature so on that end, I loved what they did with Kong.
My issues are with the people, not the cast in particular but the characters, they were kind of forgetful, aside from John C Reily. I also thought it was stupid having the
The visuals were fantastic and some shot absolutely beautiful, poster on my wall beautiful if I collected posters. I think they did a fantastic job with Kong and he kind of reminded me of a brown harry Hulk. I also liked how you can clearly see he's a protective creature so on that end, I loved what they did with Kong.
My issues are with the people, not the cast in particular but the characters, they were kind of forgetful, aside from John C Reily. I also thought it was stupid having the choppers constantly fly in to danger the entire first Kong fight. Like, a 150 tall monster is standing there and choppers, not dodging or moving aside or anything, they just keep flying in to his oh so easily to grab you hands. It kind of annoyed me. There were a few moments like that where I rolled my eyes at the stupidity.
I also liked that the native people were peaceful and we didn't have the PJ Kong vibe of kill anything.
Overall I thought it was enjoyable. Also, in case people missed it, John C Reily's character says "kong is still growing", so he may make it to 300ft to BvS...I mean, GvK (Save Mothra) scene.
Speaking of Mothra, I liked that little tidbit at the very end. From what I could tell, aside from Godzilla and Mothra, it also looked like Rodhan and Godzilla vs Gidorah. Looking forward to what they come up with.
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1:47AM on 03/13/2017
Yeah, the characters were totally flat, but in same ways what impressed me the most was how much the cast was able to make me care about them in spite of that. Like on paper, Hiddleston and Larsen's characters were totally token-action hero and token female lead, but the actors were able to do much more than they had any right to with what they were given to the point that I was legitimately invested in Reilly, Larsen, Hiddleston, Wigham and Hawkin's characters (I felt like Tian's character
Yeah, the characters were totally flat, but in same ways what impressed me the most was how much the cast was able to make me care about them in spite of that. Like on paper, Hiddleston and Larsen's characters were totally token-action hero and token female lead, but the actors were able to do much more than they had any right to with what they were given to the point that I was legitimately invested in Reilly, Larsen, Hiddleston, Wigham and Hawkin's characters (I felt like Tian's character kind of got the shaft, and never really invested in Goodman's, which kind of felt like a watered down version of his crackpot character from 10 Cloverfield Lane). That combined with the humor (which was definitely uneven but still made me laugh out loud more than most of the actual comedies I've seen lately), great action scenes and stellar cinematography ensured that I came away very, very happy even though I realize it is an imperfect film.
11:21PM on 03/12/2017

it was awesome

i'm a man of few words, so i'll just leave it at that. Also not the best kong movie, but still pretty amazing.
i'm a man of few words, so i'll just leave it at that. Also not the best kong movie, but still pretty amazing.
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1:22PM on 03/12/2017
I liked the film, but somehow Jackson's version of the island felt more alive. Here, we get a single giant monster taking on the group at a time, one after another, and never a sense of a complete eco-system. That's the biggest disappoint I have with a film that should have taken the opportunity of being set entirely on the island to its fullest advantage. The plot was ok. You have to reconcile with the fact that it's a giant monster movie and the plot obviously won't be Shakespeare, but at the
I liked the film, but somehow Jackson's version of the island felt more alive. Here, we get a single giant monster taking on the group at a time, one after another, and never a sense of a complete eco-system. That's the biggest disappoint I have with a film that should have taken the opportunity of being set entirely on the island to its fullest advantage. The plot was ok. You have to reconcile with the fact that it's a giant monster movie and the plot obviously won't be Shakespeare, but at the same time the plan of the scientists didn't make a whole lot of sense. A lot of what the plot did was just an excuse to set up another "cool" sequence and it was a tad bit distracting. In contrast, Godzilla didn't do that, but most people complained about the lack of his screen time instead. Looking at these two films, the key to merging the characters should be a compromise of what they both brought to the table. That will make the perfect monster film.
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1:13PM on 03/12/2017

Give me more KONG!!!

I loved every minute of Kong. Sure, some of the dialogue was a bit cheesy and the characters were just okay, but lets face it, I didn't go into Kong for the dialogue or character development; I went to see KONG kick ass and that's just what he did.
I loved every minute of Kong. Sure, some of the dialogue was a bit cheesy and the characters were just okay, but lets face it, I didn't go into Kong for the dialogue or character development; I went to see KONG kick ass and that's just what he did.
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12:17PM on 03/12/2017
Godzilla is so gonna kick his ass.
Godzilla is so gonna kick his ass.
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11:50AM on 03/12/2017
Way more artful than a King Kong movie had any right to be. Every single shot was gorgeous to look at, from the lighting to the colors, from the design to the framing. Add in the stellar cast and the fact that it didn't take itself too seriously, and you've got a terrifically enjoyable action movie. Can't wait to see this Kong face off against Godzilla.
Way more artful than a King Kong movie had any right to be. Every single shot was gorgeous to look at, from the lighting to the colors, from the design to the framing. Add in the stellar cast and the fact that it didn't take itself too seriously, and you've got a terrifically enjoyable action movie. Can't wait to see this Kong face off against Godzilla.
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10:37AM on 03/12/2017

Loved it...8/10

Funny how people have the opposite complaint about building character storylines for Kong than they did for Godzilla. I wish they would have given Tom and Brie better introductions. I feel like 10 more minutes at the beginning would have been fine. Either way I'm excited as hell for Godzilla 2 now. Gonna go back and watch the first today.
Funny how people have the opposite complaint about building character storylines for Kong than they did for Godzilla. I wish they would have given Tom and Brie better introductions. I feel like 10 more minutes at the beginning would have been fine. Either way I'm excited as hell for Godzilla 2 now. Gonna go back and watch the first today.
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11:35PM on 03/11/2017

Outstanding!

Really good movie with interesting characters and a plot that felt organic enough to enjoy on it's own merits without the giant monsters.

And the CGI during the fight scenes was spectacular! I could not believe how much it's improved in that last few years. The fight scenes felt visceral and exciting. Interested to see where they go next....
Really good movie with interesting characters and a plot that felt organic enough to enjoy on it's own merits without the giant monsters.

And the CGI during the fight scenes was spectacular! I could not believe how much it's improved in that last few years. The fight scenes felt visceral and exciting. Interested to see where they go next....
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10:59PM on 03/11/2017

Meh, But It's Yet Another Remake Of The Same Movie

Nothing particularly special about this edition of King Kong. Sam Jackson gave his most boring performance in years. The helicopters weren't realistic - they mixed Army, Navy and Marine helicopters in the same US Army unit! The high carbon steel katana didn't show any rust after not being oiled and stuck in a grave for 6 years, plus the scabbard rang with a metallic sound whenever the sword was sheathed or drawn. Also, he sheathed the sword with the blade and scabbard inverted once.
How
Nothing particularly special about this edition of King Kong. Sam Jackson gave his most boring performance in years. The helicopters weren't realistic - they mixed Army, Navy and Marine helicopters in the same US Army unit! The high carbon steel katana didn't show any rust after not being oiled and stuck in a grave for 6 years, plus the scabbard rang with a metallic sound whenever the sword was sheathed or drawn. Also, he sheathed the sword with the blade and scabbard inverted once.
How did they have usable gasoline for the aircraft/boat engine after 28 years? Same question regarding the batteries on the boat.
I know it's just a knockoff movie but think a little more work should have been done on the script.
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1:12AM on 03/12/2017
Yeah, the usable gasoline after many years thingy did bother me a bit but after Jurassic World I told myself "Eh, just roll with it"
Yeah, the usable gasoline after many years thingy did bother me a bit but after Jurassic World I told myself "Eh, just roll with it"
3:57AM on 03/12/2017
You are retarded.It is a movie about big monkey and giant worms and you don't like something about choppers? You are retatded.What else? There were no scenes showing Brie Larson take a poo or eat so she should starve to death and shit herself? You are an idiot.
You are retarded.It is a movie about big monkey and giant worms and you don't like something about choppers? You are retatded.What else? There were no scenes showing Brie Larson take a poo or eat so she should starve to death and shit herself? You are an idiot.
10:55AM on 03/12/2017
Wojtekdpo you are out of line. Your choice of wording in your reply does indeed say quite a bit about you!
Wojtekdpo you are out of line. Your choice of wording in your reply does indeed say quite a bit about you!
12:28PM on 03/12/2017
I second what ShonK said. You dont have to agree with anyone's perspective, Wojtekdpo, but there's no need for the name calling, especially the scatalogical remark. Wise up.
I second what ShonK said. You dont have to agree with anyone's perspective, Wojtekdpo, but there's no need for the name calling, especially the scatalogical remark. Wise up.
12:53PM on 03/12/2017
Ortofon you sound like you are fun at parties. If you can make a movie and have every little detail accurate I'd be shocked. Every movie has details that aren't accurate or capable of happening but to nitpick is just ridiculous. It is a movie about a giant Ape what did you expect?
Ortofon you sound like you are fun at parties. If you can make a movie and have every little detail accurate I'd be shocked. Every movie has details that aren't accurate or capable of happening but to nitpick is just ridiculous. It is a movie about a giant Ape what did you expect?
9:07PM on 03/12/2017
Wojtekdpo, learn to spell and get some manners. I took the time to write my opinion and you're free to disagree but it's not appropriate to turn your disagreement into a personal attack. The various items I criticized could have easily been avoided with simple comments by the characters and some advice on military equipment and technology before going to the CGI group for rendering.
Yousonofabisch, I get tired of remake after remake where they don't get much of anything right. Mason
Wojtekdpo, learn to spell and get some manners. I took the time to write my opinion and you're free to disagree but it's not appropriate to turn your disagreement into a personal attack. The various items I criticized could have easily been avoided with simple comments by the characters and some advice on military equipment and technology before going to the CGI group for rendering.
Yousonofabisch, I get tired of remake after remake where they don't get much of anything right. Mason Weaver's camera was something out of the 50s, so many other things were wrong and Samuel Jackson's performance was the first of his that I didn't really enjoy, ever.
I felt really let down after seeing this movie, particularly since Logan was the movie I saw the weekend before. Now THAT was how you make a good science fiction film!
9:10PM on 03/11/2017

A lot of fun

This is going to be controversial statement, but I think I liked it more than Logan. At the very least, it was more fun. The characters weren't flushed out that well, and the story was pretty standard, but it was executed really well and was incredibly entertaining.
This is going to be controversial statement, but I think I liked it more than Logan. At the very least, it was more fun. The characters weren't flushed out that well, and the story was pretty standard, but it was executed really well and was incredibly entertaining.
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6:46PM on 03/11/2017

Summer popcorn come early!

It was a great monster flick. Kong was awesome. Reilly definitely stole the show as far as the human element, but everyone else was just fine in their roles. Not sure if it was supposed to be funny but a certain characters sacrificial death for others gone wrong was hilarious! But probably just me. Some decent gore for pg-13, I was pleased overall.
It was a great monster flick. Kong was awesome. Reilly definitely stole the show as far as the human element, but everyone else was just fine in their roles. Not sure if it was supposed to be funny but a certain characters sacrificial death for others gone wrong was hilarious! But probably just me. Some decent gore for pg-13, I was pleased overall.
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5:01PM on 03/11/2017
Some of the dialogue and characterization made me cringe, but there are too many great moments for monster fans here to dismiss. Jackson and especially Reilly are great, even with the script shortcomings. Some inventively-directed action scenes help too. I had fun. The movie won me over.
Some of the dialogue and characterization made me cringe, but there are too many great moments for monster fans here to dismiss. Jackson and especially Reilly are great, even with the script shortcomings. Some inventively-directed action scenes help too. I had fun. The movie won me over.
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3:07PM on 03/11/2017

It was bland, bordering on sub-par.

An assload of unsympathetic characters, John C. Reilly being great, and the Most Beautiful Woman In The World, in a smash-and-grab uninspired schlockbuster (and not in a good way).
Oh and all the monsters looked worse than the P.J. King Kong from 12 years ago.
An assload of unsympathetic characters, John C. Reilly being great, and the Most Beautiful Woman In The World, in a smash-and-grab uninspired schlockbuster (and not in a good way).
Oh and all the monsters looked worse than the P.J. King Kong from 12 years ago.
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11:37PM on 03/11/2017
You need to lay off the crack. The monsters looked great!
You need to lay off the crack. The monsters looked great!
2:45PM on 03/12/2017
The monsters looked worse than those brontosaurs in "King Kong"? I don't think so
The monsters looked worse than those brontosaurs in "King Kong"? I don't think so
1:21AM on 03/13/2017
I would say the monsters looked more boring here than PJ King Kong, but graphics wise, still better. Really liked the look of this Kong as well.
I would say the monsters looked more boring here than PJ King Kong, but graphics wise, still better. Really liked the look of this Kong as well.
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1:53PM on 03/11/2017

only good visuals..

some good kong action,but the rest is very bad.
some good kong action,but the rest is very bad.
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1:35PM on 03/11/2017

FUCKING AMAZING

You have no idea how amazing this movie is, Kong never looked so good before, the cinematography directing action is all top knotch. The action doesn't let up for one second either. And that post ending credit scene will put the biggest smile on your face, if it doesn't you prob don't like godzilla. I honestly can't wait for Godzilla: King Of Monsters now. I can't wait to see Kong again. Also that Dunkirk movie is going to be so intense.
You have no idea how amazing this movie is, Kong never looked so good before, the cinematography directing action is all top knotch. The action doesn't let up for one second either. And that post ending credit scene will put the biggest smile on your face, if it doesn't you prob don't like godzilla. I honestly can't wait for Godzilla: King Of Monsters now. I can't wait to see Kong again. Also that Dunkirk movie is going to be so intense.
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1:11PM on 03/11/2017

No emotion

I couldn't feel anything for any of the characters, except for John C. Riley's character maybe. Kong was cool. The art direction was cool. The story felt like a cheesy generic Hollywood movie to me. However, it was fun and different.
I couldn't feel anything for any of the characters, except for John C. Riley's character maybe. Kong was cool. The art direction was cool. The story felt like a cheesy generic Hollywood movie to me. However, it was fun and different.
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1:11PM on 03/11/2017

Good, not great.

Great monster action. Horrible dialogue. Hoped for better. Not sure iF Hiddleston can pull off a different character other than Loki. All characters were completely forgettable except for John C. Reilly's.
Great monster action. Horrible dialogue. Hoped for better. Not sure iF Hiddleston can pull off a different character other than Loki. All characters were completely forgettable except for John C. Reilly's.
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12:43PM on 03/11/2017
Solid action with (for the most part) characters I actually cared about and surprisingly effect emotional content and humor. I went in cautiously optimistic and was very pleasantly surprised.
Solid action with (for the most part) characters I actually cared about and surprisingly effect emotional content and humor. I went in cautiously optimistic and was very pleasantly surprised.
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11:07AM on 03/11/2017
It was a lot of fun with a cast full of characters you actually cared about and actually wanted most to survive throughout the course of the story. The effects were great and I liked the how the film doesn't wait or take its time in showing Kong. The other creatures on the island were also done very well too in terms of design and appearance.

Out of the cast, John C Reilly, and Shea Whigham were in my opinion the biggest standouts and my favorite characters. But it was great that the film
It was a lot of fun with a cast full of characters you actually cared about and actually wanted most to survive throughout the course of the story. The effects were great and I liked the how the film doesn't wait or take its time in showing Kong. The other creatures on the island were also done very well too in terms of design and appearance.

Out of the cast, John C Reilly, and Shea Whigham were in my opinion the biggest standouts and my favorite characters. But it was great that the film wasn't afraid to kill off certain key characters that you thought were going to make it to the end.

But my favorite part was the scene that rolled throughout the beginning of the credits. Thought it was a nice, touching payoff of what the beginning of the film set up.

I thought it was much better than Godzilla in terms of character development and monster carnage. Hopefully the sequel can take some lessons and incorporate them into Godzilla 2. And I was hoping to see more from the end credits as well in terms of reveal.
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10:18AM on 03/12/2017
You're making me bored with reading the same troll comments to all of my posts. Try mixing it up a little.
You're making me bored with reading the same troll comments to all of my posts. Try mixing it up a little.
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10:16AM on 03/11/2017

Loved it!

Kong was an awesome time at the movies. Great action, fast paced and awesome effects. It's textbook popcorn cinema, and I loved every minute of it!
Kong was an awesome time at the movies. Great action, fast paced and awesome effects. It's textbook popcorn cinema, and I loved every minute of it!
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9:39AM on 03/11/2017

A HUGE Blast.

I expect the more pretentious and uppity commenters to take over soon so I'll leave my two cents now. It started off a little rocky, but once the characters left for their journey it found it's stride. Larry Fong is quickly becoming one of my favorite cinematographers. This film is major, major eye candy in the best way. The action is very well stage and executed. The creature design is fantastic and the CGI holds up 95% of the time.
It's paced wonderfully and there are a handful of really
I expect the more pretentious and uppity commenters to take over soon so I'll leave my two cents now. It started off a little rocky, but once the characters left for their journey it found it's stride. Larry Fong is quickly becoming one of my favorite cinematographers. This film is major, major eye candy in the best way. The action is very well stage and executed. The creature design is fantastic and the CGI holds up 95% of the time.
It's paced wonderfully and there are a handful of really fun characters to get behind. I don't understand this main criticism of the characters being horrible. Sure, they aren't all that deep or even developed, but they are all played by charismatic actors who totally commit to making this feel believable. I enjoyed the cast as great deal. Hiddleston, Jackson, Reilly and Shea Whigham are the highlights. With Larson, Goodman and a Toby Kebbell bringing up the rear. Toby Kebbell is especially surprising because he doesn't have much screentime and his character is a very basic trope, yet h'e very likable. I felt bad for him.

It does have it's issues. At times the soundtrack is wonderful. Other Times it feels awkward and out of place, like it's trying to hard. The is also an over-reliance on slow-mo that got a little silly and annoying as the film went on. And more of the humor falls flat than I would have liked.

Other than that, I had a great time. It's gorgeously shot, has wonderful pacing, awesome action and monsters and a fun cast. Can't wait to pick it up on Blu.
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12:51PM on 03/11/2017
Yeah, I agree with you. What surprised me the most is that the characters are honestly all really flat archetypes but the performances were strong enough that I invested in all of them anyway and was pretty affected by the major deaths. I think it was a combination of really good casting, a smart balance of screen time and just enough character beats.
Yeah, I agree with you. What surprised me the most is that the characters are honestly all really flat archetypes but the performances were strong enough that I invested in all of them anyway and was pretty affected by the major deaths. I think it was a combination of really good casting, a smart balance of screen time and just enough character beats.
1:39PM on 03/11/2017
the cinematography is out of this world, esp the shots with kong. the island they used, great film people who say this is bad they just can't see it. Maybe they should stick to Moonlight.
the cinematography is out of this world, esp the shots with kong. the island they used, great film people who say this is bad they just can't see it. Maybe they should stick to Moonlight.
9:31AM on 03/11/2017

liked it !

7/10
the perfect movie for IMAX 3D ! spectacular, visual amazing, fun, and John C. Reilly was the best of a great cast !
I was disappointed by the stinger though
7/10
the perfect movie for IMAX 3D ! spectacular, visual amazing, fun, and John C. Reilly was the best of a great cast !
I was disappointed by the stinger though
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9:06AM on 03/11/2017
I went to watch an impossibly huge ape beat the crap out of monsters and the movie delivered just that. At first I was wary because when it started out the writing seem way too simple and full of cliches, but when the action starts rolling it's a really fun ride. And yeah, I was also sizing the director if he'd be a good fit for the Metal Gear franchise and I think he gets it. I mean, this movie just like the games also have that same anti-war message wrapped in a ridiculously over the top
I went to watch an impossibly huge ape beat the crap out of monsters and the movie delivered just that. At first I was wary because when it started out the writing seem way too simple and full of cliches, but when the action starts rolling it's a really fun ride. And yeah, I was also sizing the director if he'd be a good fit for the Metal Gear franchise and I think he gets it. I mean, this movie just like the games also have that same anti-war message wrapped in a ridiculously over the top story. I chuckled hearing the 'Grey Fox' homage as the name of Reilly's rickety boat, and Tom Hiddleston going full Raiden on that skull crawler was pretty cool.
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5:00AM on 03/11/2017

It's a B-Level Big Budget Monster Movie with A-List Talent...

...and I loved every second of it even if the acting was simply present (except Reilly, it's really his movie). It was surprisingly gory with people losing limbs and getting impaled or crushed. That said when the action kicks in, it kept me on my toes. Most fun I've had since Pacific Rim. My only concern, is it's not going to live up to second viewing or watching at home since sound and shock play a great part in the experience.
...and I loved every second of it even if the acting was simply present (except Reilly, it's really his movie). It was surprisingly gory with people losing limbs and getting impaled or crushed. That said when the action kicks in, it kept me on my toes. Most fun I've had since Pacific Rim. My only concern, is it's not going to live up to second viewing or watching at home since sound and shock play a great part in the experience.
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3:19AM on 03/11/2017

A decent monster movie

It's not one of the worst or one of the best. It falls somewhere in the middle. It is NOT better than Peter Jackson's remake. Kong: Skull Island is simply decent. There are some genuinely exciting monster moments, particularly the first major set-piece twenty minutes in. The CGI is mostly well utilized. I'm gonna break one of the co-scripters' balls here. Derek Connolly (also a co-scripter for the abominable Jurassic World) co-wrote this movie and he stole a ton from Jurassic Park III.
It's not one of the worst or one of the best. It falls somewhere in the middle. It is NOT better than Peter Jackson's remake. Kong: Skull Island is simply decent. There are some genuinely exciting monster moments, particularly the first major set-piece twenty minutes in. The CGI is mostly well utilized. I'm gonna break one of the co-scripters' balls here. Derek Connolly (also a co-scripter for the abominable Jurassic World) co-wrote this movie and he stole a ton from Jurassic Park III. It was a bit shocking. The acting is par and the characters are so-so. Tom Hiddleston looks bored. Brie Larson has a couple of charming moments. Samuel L. Jackson mostly broods. This movie really needed more John C. Reilly. One critic got it right. Tom Hiddleston may be listed as the lead, but this is Reilly's show. He was a riot. Aside from setting up an inevitable sequel down the road, Kong: Skull Island, while an undeniable pleasure, has no point to exist. It's worth a one-time viewing and nothing more.
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11:47AM on 03/11/2017
Peter Jacksons film was crap. Great now I have this one getting lower on my watch list.
Peter Jacksons film was crap. Great now I have this one getting lower on my watch list.
12:49PM on 03/11/2017
I love Jackson's King Kong, but I really beg to differ. Jackson's Kong was cool and artfully made but was a totally by the numbers remake, nothing more or less than exactly what I'd expect. This film wasn't nearly as well written but what surprised me the most was how, in spite of that I think they still got better performances out of the cast and somehow made me care about the characters more. I was more invested in Hiddleston's action hero than Brody's and more affected by "the last big
I love Jackson's King Kong, but I really beg to differ. Jackson's Kong was cool and artfully made but was a totally by the numbers remake, nothing more or less than exactly what I'd expect. This film wasn't nearly as well written but what surprised me the most was how, in spite of that I think they still got better performances out of the cast and somehow made me care about the characters more. I was more invested in Hiddleston's action hero than Brody's and more affected by "the last big character death" than any of the character deaths in Jackson's., and that final act packed more visceral thrills and more of an emotional punch than Jackson's final act which I've already seen carbon copies of in two other well-made Kong films. Jackson's film lacked the lows of this one, but somehow this one still came up with higher highs for me and quite a few of them.
3:50PM on 03/11/2017
Both Hiddleston and Brody's characters in the two Kong movies are duped into joining an expedition that goes awry from the start. However, Hiddleston sleepwalks through the routine action hero role and easily manages to be the least captivating character of the ensemble cast. Brody had double duty as the primary action hero and the romantic lead and he achieved both with aplomb. The final major character's death should only come as a surprise if you've never seen an American monster movie
Both Hiddleston and Brody's characters in the two Kong movies are duped into joining an expedition that goes awry from the start. However, Hiddleston sleepwalks through the routine action hero role and easily manages to be the least captivating character of the ensemble cast. Brody had double duty as the primary action hero and the romantic lead and he achieved both with aplomb. The final major character's death should only come as a surprise if you've never seen an American monster movie before. I knew from the onset **** **** would die. It was too obvious and therefore had little if any emotional resonance.
3:05AM on 03/11/2017

Loved it

Such a fun film. Superb pace and FX. I also loved that the fighting was fast and not slow long motions that is usually the case in these kind of films.
Such a fun film. Superb pace and FX. I also loved that the fighting was fast and not slow long motions that is usually the case in these kind of films.
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2:08AM on 03/11/2017

9/10

Pure fun.John C Reilly steals the show.
Pure fun.John C Reilly steals the show.
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1:31AM on 03/11/2017

Horribly bad movie

Public service announcement. This movie was AWFUL. Dialogue was PAINFULLY bad. I figured the movie would be okay, but it didn't even reach "meh" level. As a huge fan of Brie Larson I can't believe she accepted to do this film. Tom Hiddleston's character was dreadfully boring as well. I have officially given up on the Metal Gear movie since this director was oddly chosen to make it. Skip at ALL cost!
Public service announcement. This movie was AWFUL. Dialogue was PAINFULLY bad. I figured the movie would be okay, but it didn't even reach "meh" level. As a huge fan of Brie Larson I can't believe she accepted to do this film. Tom Hiddleston's character was dreadfully boring as well. I have officially given up on the Metal Gear movie since this director was oddly chosen to make it. Skip at ALL cost!
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2:10AM on 03/11/2017
Something wrong with you.It is a movie about monsters.You care about acting and dialogue instead of Kong screen time and vfx.
Something wrong with you.It is a movie about monsters.You care about acting and dialogue instead of Kong screen time and vfx.
1:27AM on 03/11/2017
I'm calling it now.. Oscar Nom for VFx; the fight with the (spoiler) Giant Octopus/Squid was amazing especially how the water was dripping off the tentacles. Now that was attention to detail.

Also unlike Godzilla (2014) you actually care for the human characters. No one was annoying or playing a stereotype and you kinda hoped that everyone makes it. Yup, including Thomas Mann's character who was genuinely funny when the time came for some comic relief; especially his banter with John C.
I'm calling it now.. Oscar Nom for VFx; the fight with the (spoiler) Giant Octopus/Squid was amazing especially how the water was dripping off the tentacles. Now that was attention to detail.

Also unlike Godzilla (2014) you actually care for the human characters. No one was annoying or playing a stereotype and you kinda hoped that everyone makes it. Yup, including Thomas Mann's character who was genuinely funny when the time came for some comic relief; especially his banter with John C. Reilly was hilarious. Oh, it was great to see Jason Mitchell again.

I watched it in 3D it looked good especially the landscape scenes which were beautifully shot.
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2:06AM on 03/11/2017
What about the "Asian Scientist Girl". It seemed like they added the character, then didn't know what to do with her. Just tagged along and didnt say much.
What about the "Asian Scientist Girl". It seemed like they added the character, then didn't know what to do with her. Just tagged along and didnt say much.
4:50AM on 03/11/2017
Just someone for Corey Hawkins character to exposit stuff, though frankly it could have been anyone.

But most likely, obvious pandering to the China audience.
Just someone for Corey Hawkins character to exposit stuff, though frankly it could have been anyone.

But most likely, obvious pandering to the China audience.
4:53AM on 03/11/2017
Just someone for Corey Hawkins' character to exposit stuff, though frankly it could have been anyone.

But most likely, obvious pandering to the China audience.
Just someone for Corey Hawkins' character to exposit stuff, though frankly it could have been anyone.

But most likely, obvious pandering to the China audience.
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1:12AM on 03/11/2017
Loved most of it. All the stuff at the start around Vietnam was fun. A really beautiful, detailed film.
But without New York, the film sort of just comes to an end. Monsters fight, people escape, and eh. It needed a better finish, if not the New York third act, then something else.
Loved most of it. All the stuff at the start around Vietnam was fun. A really beautiful, detailed film.
But without New York, the film sort of just comes to an end. Monsters fight, people escape, and eh. It needed a better finish, if not the New York third act, then something else.
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