Movie Review: Kong: Skull Island – 4.2 surprisingly good stars 13


Because it is hard to surprise me!

And, well… This movie was surprisingly good!

4.2 Surprisingly good stars

About the movie

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”). In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong. “Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “Thor: The Dark World”), Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Oscar winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Trainwreck”), John Goodman (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Argo”) and John C. Reilly (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Step Brothers”).

The international ensemble cast also includes Tian Jing (“Police Story: Lockdown”), Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton”), Jason Mitchell (“Straight Outta Compton”), John Ortiz (“Steve Jobs”), Thomas Mann (“Beautiful Creatures”), Shea Whigham (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Toby Kebbell (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) and Eugene Cordero (“The Kings of Summer”). Vogt-Roberts is directing the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Derek Connolly.

“Kong: Skull Island” is produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni with Mary Parent. The executive producers are Eric McLeod and Alex Garcia. The creative behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Larry Fong (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”), production designer Stefan Dechant (supervising art director “True Grit,” “Avatar”), editor Christian Wagner (the “Fast & Furious” films), and costume designer Mary Vogt (the “Men in Black” films).

The team also includes Oscar-winning makeup supervisor Bill Corso (“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and supervising stunt coordinator George Cottle (“Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight Rises”). The legendary Kong is being brought to life at a whole new scale by Industrial Light & Magic, with two-time Oscar winner Stephen Rosenbaum (“Avatar,” “Forrest Gump”) serving as visual effects supervisor.

To fully immerse audiences in the mysterious Skull Island, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and his cast and filmmaking team are filming across three continents over six months, capturing its primordial landscapes on Oahu, Hawaii – where filming commenced on October 2015 – on Australia’s Gold Coast, and finally in Vietnam, where filming will take place across multiple locations, some of which have never before been seen on film. Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures Production, “Kong: Skull Island.” The film will be released worldwide in 2D, 3D in select theatres, and IMAX beginning March 10, 2017, from Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language)

Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Directed By: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Written By: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly

In Theaters: 

Wide Box Office: $61,015,000.00

Runtime: 118 minutes

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures

Review

You know who is a BAD company to go to the movies with… ME!

Because I watch SO MANY movies. I’m extremely picky and I complain a lot and I always try to guess the plot which I do guess about 85% of the time. So B-Dad gets very annoyed. 🙂

We don’t go to the movies often, we mostly rent. But when we do go it’s because we want to watch the special effects of a an action-adventure-fantasy-SciFi movie in the big screen.

So I am RIDICULOUSLY PICKY with the special effects!

So… A gigantic gorilla… That is a very tough one to pull off, you know! There are SO MANY ways it can go wrong and look fake and cheap: The proportions, the lighting, the shadows… You just leave it to me and, nine out of ten times…

I WILL DISCOVER THE FLAW

So, again, gigantic creatures  [Gorillas, Dinosaurs, Greek gods, etc.] have never been my favorite and B-Dad and the Spawns had to literally dragged me to the movies to watch Kong.

And… who would have known…

I LIKED IT VERY MUCH!

It was very well done! This Kong looks SO REAL not even picky me could complain!

Since I was SO SURE I was not going to like it I volunteered to get the food. They told me the hot dogs wouldn’t be ready for another five minutes so I went back in just when the explores found Kong and WOW! I was very impressed with the aerial shots of the helicopters arriving to the island, with all the exotic, kinda prehistoric animals… And of course Kong. And Kong was NOT happy AT ALL with the strangers invading his island people, and he got MAD and those action scenes were fantastic! Explosions, crashes, fires… And it was all SO well done! You get a lot of close-ups of Kong and the helicopters and the soldiers battling Kong and the details were impeccable.

No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t find ONE SINGLE FLAW in the special effects! And the sound effects of Kong’s roars were magnificent!

So, I ended up liking that stinky gorilla so much! LOL!

One thing to keep in mind though, if you watch this movie with your kids… This is PG-13 and it has its gory moments [mostly dismembering and impaling ]. I had to cover Butterfly‘s eyes twice.

I liked the story too. I wasn’t over original. You know, the same old about some humans wanting to kill whatever they are scared off and other humans being more compassionate. AND SMARTER. Because, of course, there is the issue of Kong being big, and scary and all BUT, maybe he isn’t the baddest thingy around. And so, maybe if you are nice to him, he’ll help you with whatever is bigger and badder than him. And… Awww the end! The end was CUTE. and people clapped and all.

SMH! Rolling my eyes. WHY DO PEOPLE CLAP AT THE MOVIE THEATER???

Have you seen Kong? did you like it? Do you like gigantic, baddass looking creatures? Do you clap at the movies?

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13 thoughts on “Movie Review: Kong: Skull Island – 4.2 surprisingly good stars

  • Prabhleen

    I watched this one last Sunday. My mom didn’t go since she is allergic to the action stuff (lol) but my brother wanted to see it and I didn’t want to be bored so I went too. I feel the same thing, it was surprisingly a good movie when I thought it to be another one of those action shit. Plus I also remember that I was full of theories and predictions and I told them to my dad in the interval, since if it had happened he wouldn’t believe that I had predicted it. AND THAT STUFF REALLY HAPPENED BOW DOWN TO ME. Great review!

  • chucklesthescot

    Another version of King Kong? Gah, can’t they come up with something new to do? I refused to watch Peter Jackson’s version because yet again they kill the monkey and I hate that. I’ll only bother with this one if I find out the monkey lives at the end! As for clapping, I have never been to a cinema screening where people clap at the end…it just isn’t done here!

  • Greg

    This isn’t one I’d really expect to like although I’ve been hearing good things, and it does LOOK kinda good. I like the casting (Brie and Hiddleston). I watched Arrival (I think on your review??) and liked it a lot, so maybe I’ll give this a shot too.

  • Amanda @ To Read or Not To Read?

    I can only think of one time I clapped a REAL clap at the movies (a lot of times I’ll do that silent, flailing, fan-girl clap, but that doesn’t really count). It was for Episode VII of Star Wars, opening night. There was a lot of whooping and cheering and clapping from the whole audience and it was infectious.

    It’s nice to hear this has got a decent story to go with the amazing cast. I figured, with so many of those big names on board, it definitely deserved a more original story. Not a huge Kong fan, so I probably won’t see it either way. I saw King Kong back in the day, and all the Jurassic Park movies, so I think that’s kind of my quota.

    All your talk of special effects reminds me of a Scene-It game I put together with Silver Screen horror movie clips -including the original King Kong. Holy. Cow. Talk about some, er, *special* effects. XD

    • Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium

      hahahaha you made me literally LOL with that “silent, flailing, fan-girl clap” 😀
      If it was Star Wars ANYTHING is proper. Fainting, crying, sobbing, hair pulling etc 🙂
      omg the original KK and it’s special effects.. unforgivable. That should have never happened 😛

  • Geybie's Book Blog

    I watched this movie last Saturday. It was really good but the acting could have been better in my opinion. I didn’t see enough emotions from some of the characters. 🙁 I loved Kong, though. He had the best acting, in my opinion. And yes, you’re right he looked SO real. hehe 😀
    Awesome review, btw! I love this. 😀

  • La La in the Library

    Good to know! We also normally wait and rent unless it is a special effects packed movie, or one lauded for its cinematography. I love everything Kong. I think I have seen all the Kong related movies. This one has a great cast, too. Thanks for sharing your review. 🙂