Kong: Skull Island Review

A Worthy Monster Movie?


Having just returned from a solo trip to the cinema (Mrs Gamer is away with the little gamers) to see Kong: Skull Island I thought I’d drop a quick review.

Kong follows the normal monster movie formula; humans go somewhere they shouldn’t and piss off the big bad then spend the rest of the movie trying not to die while the big-ass-monsters duke it out.  This doesn’t stop the film being a fun use of a couple of hours.

Set in the mid-70s just as the Vietnam war was coming to an end a team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers unites to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature.

The set-piece CGI moments are great fun, particularly our introduction to Kong when the army fly in and there are a couple of “oh shit” moments too.
Samuel L. Jackson does a good job of playing the tired of war but doesn’t know anything else colonel who is recruited to protect the LandSat survey crew while Tom Hiddleston tries his best to play an ex-SAS soldier while throughout you just want him to channel Loki.
The leading lady, Brie Larson, is a passable Fay Wray replacement but doesn’t do nearly as much screaming!

Will it win awards?  Unlikely, but it’s fun and worth an afternoons viewing.  If you have kids who enjoy action and monsters they may find Kong a fun film too as the story isn’t too heavy.