Kong Skull Island directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts was your typical big summer action blockbuster. It was visually impressive and awesome to watch with a lot incredible action set pieces but it really lacked an interesting story or character development. It’s kind of shame too since this movie is supposed to be part of a monster shared universe (because everything must be a shared universe now…) leading up to a brawl between King Kong and Godzilla, which I admit is something I do want to see. I wish cared more about what happens to these characters going forward.
The movie is enjoyable to watch with some pretty spectacular visuals and action scenes. Unlike the recent Gareth Edwards Godzilla movie, they show you Kong in his full glory kicking ass right from the beginning and it’s awesome! Unfortunately, this movie doesn't do much for me beyond those two things because the story is a bit boring and the characters except for John C. Reilly’s character are extremely bland. I mean talk about a wasted all-star cast with greats like Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and Samuel Jackson just to name a few. Ironically that was the problem, there were too many characters and they just flew by each of their generic clichéd introductions and didn’t get enough screen time to develop them or create any connection to them. Whenever they tried to build up these emotional moments they all fell flat since I didn’t care about any of the characters or what happened to them. As I mentioned earlier the lone exception was John C. Reilly’s Hank, he had a backstory, good character development, genuine humor and charm. I was rooting for him and he was the only character I cared about whether he survived to get off the island.
I found Kong Skull Island to be a fun entertaining popcorn flick with some amazing visuals to look at. The CGI monsters were impressive but I just wished they either built up the human characters a little more or gave way to focus more on the monsters and their story more. In the end if you're just looking to see a movie that will entertain you for a couple hours Kong Skull island is for you.