Hello readers! I’m Styles Davis, Summer’s fifteen year old son who is a little obsessed with movies.
My mother got sick of me telling her about the quality of the movies I see, so she threw me over to you guys to start writing my thoughts instead (which actually makes me really happy). I thought this would be a good movie to start with, because blah blah blah blah blah I’m talking too much. Let’s get into the review.
I have multiple criticisms for Kong, and over the course of the review it may seem like I hate the movie, I don’t, I actually love Kong. It’s a movie that needs to be seen in theaters though, so if you have an interest see it now, because it probably won’t be as good on the small screen.
Just to be unique I’m going to explain the plot through each characters point of view.
Played by Tom Hiddleston, James Conrad is ex SAS turned mercenary. He’s a tracker, and his talents are needed to get through Skull Island. Well that’s what he’s told. Conrad was definitely the character I was most excited for. The title of Ex SAS mercenary tracker played by Tom Hiddleston is unbelievably cool, and that’s probably why I’m disappointed by the character. The character doesn’t show a lot of emotion when Kong shows up. It’s just vague shock followed by “we got to get off this Island”; In fact almost all the characters have this reaction accept for two. I’ll get to those later. For the resident badass in the movie he doesn’t do very much. The fact that he is played by Tom Hiddleston is probably why he was so disappointing to me. I love the character, and it feels like he’s barely in the movie. This is probably why my favorite part of the movie is in the death pit thingy (I forget what it was called). Conrad was the star during this part of the movie, and I’ll make sure to talk about it later.
An anti war photographer played by Brie Larson whose purpose is to be the human connection with Kong. Brought on the mission for reasons I can’t spoil she’s another interesting character who I just want more of. Mason is witty, fun, brave, beautiful, and played by Brie Larson! Why she wasn’t dominating screen time is beyond me. I was less dissatisfied with her roll in the movie, but I still felt like I needed slightly more.
By far the most developed character in the movie; you end up loving to hate Samuel L. Jackson’s insane military man. When the team heading the mission needs a helicopter escort he’s the one they bring. As the war ends Preston feels empty. When he goes to Skull Island he is looking for a war, and he finds it. When Kong attacks he loses the last bit of his sanity, and makes it his mission to kill him. It creates an interesting conflict that leads to some amazing visuals.
Played by John C. Reilly, Hank is the guy you’re rooting for. He’s been stuck on the island for 28 years. He’s insane, but he has a knowledge of the island and the group needs him. I LOVE this character. At some point he mentions just wanting a hotdog and a beer; over the course of the movie that’s all I wanted to see. If he didn’t get that damn hot dog and a beer I would have probably cried.
Played by John Goodman, Bill is basically the plot. He’s the man that wants to go to Skull Island, and assembled the team. That’s about it though. I feel like you’re supposed to hate him, but I don’t. I don’t like him either. He’s just kind of there, forgettable in my opinion. John Goodman is looking great though.
I would talk about the rest, but I honestly don’t remember them enough to really have anything to say. I honestly had to google the names of all the characters that I did talk about.
So the characters aren’t very deep, but in the end does that really matter? No it doesn’t. Normally it’s hard to be interested in a movie with bad characters, but the cast here is phenomenal and they hold your interest. The visuals in the movie are BEAUTIFUL. That’s in all caps for a reason. Kong himself is barely in the movie it feels, but the sheer atmosphere of Skull Island makes you sometimes completely forget about him. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts did a brilliant job with this movie. This is his first big budget movie, and it’s a great start. Like I said before, the movie needs to be seen on the big screen. The colors are what stands out the most. It throws the traditional drab Hollywood look out the window, and introduces a very bold selection of colors. The sky alone is enough to see the movie. My favorite example of the visuals in the movie is when the group is in that death pit thingy I mentioned earlier. At some point a broken camera gets eaten by a “Skull Crawler”. The movie is completely silent, the only thing you can hear and see through the fog is the flash of the camera and the sound it makes. My heart was pounding and I had to remind muses to breathe once it was over. It’s a marvel of cinematography.
My rating system is very blunt
*Get it on Redbox
*Wait until it comes out on Bluray
*See it in Theatres
Kong Skull Island is definitely a “See it in Theatres” movie.
While lacking in memorable characters it’s creative, fun, and sexy as hell. Get some friends together, buy some popcorn, and prepare yourself for s beautifully tense movie that can put you on the edge of your seat with outstanding visuals.