Kong: Skull Island is the next instalment in the Monster-verse and it isn't that bad. Visually this film is awesome as the cinematography, sets and CGI are stunning and homage films such as Apocalypse Now. Also the action scenes are really fun to watch. However where this film fails is the script and character development.
None of the characters have any development which makes it hard to care about them. What shocks me is the fact that the brilliant Dan Gilroy, who wrote the critically acclaimed character drama Night-crawler, wrote this film's failing script. The first 20 mins felt slightly dry and uneventful to me personally, but it soon picks up. When we first meet Kong, we are treated to a couple of jump scares and explosions. In my opinion this scene alone sets up the tone for the entire film as all the film really is is expendable characters fighting and trying to survive on a crazy island. This film did many things Godzilla (2014) failed to do.
Firstly we actually get to see Kong in all his glory properly fight monsters, in contrast to Godzilla, which barely showed us Godzilla. In addition, Godzilla had a very washed feel to it and, because of that it, was tough to have fun with; but Kong goes the other direction, as you can't not have fun with this film.
This film follows the classic codes and conventions of the monster movie genre. You have your Vengeful Soldier who wants the monster dead (in this case, it is Samuel L Jackson's Colonel Packard). You have your Soldier who is brave and ends up saving the day (here, it is Shea Wigum's Cole who -SPOILER!- ends up sacrificing himself only to be thrown into a mountain instead of killing the skull-crawler) -END OF SPOILER!-. You also have your Female Lead who ends up connecting with the monster in this case it is Brie Larson's Mason Weaver. And, last but not least, we have the main hero, the Trained Fighter Who Knows What To Do and leads the group (here it is Tom Hiddleston's James Conrad). This film also has a great score and soundtrack that is worth looking into.
Shiv’s rating: 3/5