Fun, fierce, and full of CGI pride, Kong: Skull Island beats its immense chest with heart-pounding action and adventure, but, like the big brute himself, is thwarted at times by the absence of fine motor skills. Kong leaps off the screen like an unhinged machine, destroying everything in his path, and leaving late blooming and loyalist fans alike fully satisfied via the computer assisted action.
Mirroring the enthralling expedition, the film’s ground crew is superficially well equipped for success, with powerhouse performances from Goodman, Hiddleston, Larson, Reilly, and Jackson. Jackson’s performance alone, supporting as it is, steadily rises to the top as the veteran actor meets Kong blow for blow for screen domination.
However, the film loses some momentum in both storyline continuity and creativity, peppering in portions of hokey and ambiguous dialogue; leaving large gaps in key information or relying on all too convenient circumstances to support complex aspects. Granted, the viewing audience firmly understands that without certain circumstances there is no movie. Likewise, we can see through a thin veil of unimaginative circumstances. Circumstances that serve to burn the bridge between cinematic wonder and cinematic blunder.
The special features menu is a treasure trove of all things Kong, from a lively and informative commentary from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to a series of “Monarch Files” delving into the mysterious events surrounding Skull Island and potential future threats to brief impressions from Hiddleston about his time on set. The real-life photography of Brie Larson. Shooting in the uncharted locales of Vietnam; and a handful of deleted scenes.
Topping the menu, though, are the “Creating A King” features, with “Realizing an Icon” offering a healthy history of Kong and “Summoning A God” providing great extended information on the CGI effects of the film.
While annihilating everything in sight—even without the grandeur of Empire State height—Kong: Skull Island proves an inescapable force that (mostly) stays its course.
Studio Synopsis: This compelling, original adventure tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers, and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong.
Studio: Warner Bros.
Running Time: 118 minutes
Number of Disks: 2
– Director’s Commentary
– Creating a King: Realizing an Icon
– Creating a King: Summoning a God
– Monarch Files 2.0
– Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid Traveler
– Through the Lens: Brie Larson’s Photography
– On Location: Vietnam
– Deleted Scenes
Cast: Tom Hiddleston | Samuel L. Jackson | Brie Larson | John C. Reilly | John Goodman | Corey Hawkins
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Central Writers: Dan Gilroy (screenplay) | Max Borenstein (screenplay)
Box Office Release: March 10, 2017
DVD Release: July 11, 2017
Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE
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