Mar-11-2017 9:10 PM
Kong Skull island is a fun movie. I didn't really feel much on the characters other than John C Reilly's character. His character was the only one I felt something for. In fact, I'd say he stole the show.
Monster-iffic action no doubt, but the story is rather bland and poor. Kong himself is one brutal monster. The CGI is great in majority of the film, but there were a couple of shots were you could tell the green screen were used.
I think Kong Skull island is a good runner up to Pacific rim, but can't hold a candle to other giant monster films. Huge improvement over G14 for sure, but at the same time there's plenty of room for more improvement. Legendary needs to keep this up. I don't want to go into spoilers but, is it 2019 yet?
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G. H. (Gman)
Mar-11-2017 10:14 PM
Skull Island was probably the most fun I've had at the theater since Pacific Rim in 2013. Dumb as hell in all the right ways. Gorgeous to look at too.
Borenstein still can't write characters worth a damn, but at least they were more engaging than the characters in Godzilla '14. They're always central to the action or the danger and they play off of each other very well. Conrad barely registers as a main character and Weaver's paper-thin as well, but they're still more entertaining to watch than Ford or Elle. Thank God for John C. Reilly and Samuel L. Jackson being given enough material that resembles characters, otherwise we'd be in real trouble.
The CG effects were easily the worst of Legendary's monster movies so far, but at this point half-assed CG is the norm in blockbusters. If everyone else is used to it, I guess I am too... What matters is the monsters, staging and battles were excellent and I can only hope the battle between Godzilla and Kong is as fun as the final brawl in Skull Island.
So far, where Legendary's monster movies really excel is in the way they look. Pacific Rim, Godzilla and Skull Island all are well composed with creative photography--And this movie might just be my favorite of the three in those terms. I love the way the sun is constantly used to frame objects and characters. It gave the entire film a very unique feel and look. It really separates itself from the usual eye-level lens flare and darkish-blue hues of superhero flicks and standard action fare.
Mar-12-2017 7:15 AM
I loved it! It was exactly what it was advertised as - a fun B-monster movie, and a very worthy addition to Legendary’s Monsterverse. No pretense, no bait and switch, and you get to actually see what you came for; some pretty cool monster scenes and action.
Kong isn’t in it a lot, but certainly enough, and pops up at the “right” times. When he’s onscreen, they make the most of those times. He dominates every scene he’s in and he’s a character in every sense. You can feel for him and care for him, and he is damn cool. Like every previous incarnation of the character, he is not a monster, but don’t piss him off!
The characters? Not great, but better than Godzilla 14’s. It’s amazing that they can get a cast of heavyweights for these two movies, and yet manage to do very little with them. Borenstein really needs to stay away from these movies. John C. Reilly’s character, who a lot of people were concerned about, was great, and the heart and soul of the movie. Samuel L. Jackson was right behind. They were the yin and yang of the movie. The rest of the mains I thought were fairly flat, although there were some solid secondary characters that helped move things along.
The movie is almost two hours long but moved along pretty briskly. In fact, I found myself wishing there was another 10-15 minutes!
There are more than a few nods to just about every previous version of Kong, and like I mentioned, the monster action is plentiful and fun. Out of the three Legendary giant monster movies I’ve seen, Pacific Rim is number one (so far), this is two and Godzilla would be third. PR is one of my favorite giant monster movies, period, and still blows my mind it “only” made 100 mil in this country! Thank God for the overseas market, or we wouldn’t be getting that sequel. The same may hold true for Kong (fingers crossed), as it may not crush it here in the states, but may also benefit from other countries. U.S. audience tastes often have me scratching my head!
Anyway, if you like to have fun at the movies get out and see this; support it. I definitely plan on seeing it again.
Mar-12-2017 8:20 AM
Have to agree with everything already said, I finally watched this film last night and quite enjoyed it. However I was surprised by how bland Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston were, but as mentioned above this falls back on dialogue and character development. I definitely felt more sympathetic towards Kong than I did to any of the other characters. In fact John C. Reilly was probably my favorite character - I went in thinking he would be my least favorite. I suspected him to be goofy and bring the tone of the film down, but he did the exact opposite. He was a gem and though hilarious, brought a sense of realism to the role. Same with Samuel Jackson, both were far better than the main characters.
The emphasis was clearly on Kong, but as GMan points out, I was surprised by the lackluster CGI. Godzilla and Pacific Rim seemed to have far better effects, despite being nearly 5 years older. Perhaps it was due to Kong's daytime settings? I know CG looks better at night, as they can hide flaws and utilize shadows a bit more, but daylight is tricky.
That being said, I still felt like Godzilla and Pacific Rim outmatched Skull Island in terms of visual effects. I prefer the darker, gloomy tone over the bright and colorful.
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