I hope everyone is surviving March madness. It's a very busy month for me. 2017 is a great year for science fiction movies. Kong: Skull Island is part of this year's line up and it surprised me in a lot of ways. I want to address the film's strongest and weakest elements. Let's break it down.
First of all, I thought Skull Island had many great elements. King Kong is part of the Godzilla franchise now and he fits into the mold beautifully. This movie was a total monster beat down. I was impressed with the amount of action that was stuffed in this movie. The film takes place shortly after the Vietnam War ends. A band of soldiers and researchers infiltrate Skull Island to study seismic activity. Things become ugly very quickly when the team encounters King Kong and other dangerous creatures on the island. I assume you can imagine the meyham. It's like the film makers threw together Platoon, Godzilla, and WWE wrestling. That might sound corny to you, but it was amazing. The fight scenes are very exciting. At times, humans are pitted against the monsters. Other times, you'll see gigantic monsters duking it out with each other. Skull Island is perfect for hardcore fans of action films. Plus, fans of the Godzilla franchise will love it. You'll see helicopter crashes, people being devoured by monsters, explosions, heavy machine gun fire, beasts clawing and scratching at each other, mass graveyards, and more. Chaos!
I would say this version of King Kong is more impressive than his predecessors. Despite being a monster, Kong is somewhat sympathetic and likeable. He's the island's protector and the lesser of other evils. Could King Kong stand up to a titan like Godzilla? Actually, this version of King Kong could give Godzilla a hard time. He's remarkably strong, athletic, and takes down multiple creatures throughout the film. I also appreciated the wartime component. Some of the soldiers haven't recovered mentally from the war and it brought out an interesting element in the movie. The film is violent, but I wouldn't say it's is inappropriate for children beyond a certain age. Maybe eight or nine and above. The ending is very satisfying with a decent sense of resolution. There's also a post-credits scene and I'm sure it will be quite thrilling for the Godzilla followers. No spoilers about it though.
What are the film's weak points? Honestly, not much. I suppose there isn't a lot of character development, but that shouldn't be surprising in a fast paced action film. Also, a few of the scenes seem a little bit silly. Occasionally, I found myself thinking, “Why is this guy doing that? One of the monsters is going to eat him. Look at that. He got eaten. Figures." So, I guess there's a little bit of predictability sometimes. This film is entirely tailored for action movie fans. If you want a really complex plot with drama, romance, well developed characters, and a coming of age story; skip this movie.
This review should give you the general idea. Have any of you guys seen Skull Island yet? Leave a comment and let us know what you thought. Next week is my trip to WonderCon. If I have enough time, my next blog post might be a list of photos and information about the convention. You guys really enjoyed my post about the Long Beach Expo. Hopefully, WonderCon will be great too. Have a good week and I'll be in touch.