Kong movies are a bit of a mixed bag. This one seems to have grabbed all of the goodies from those bags, mixed them up with some madness and explosions and produced an enjoyable movie.
The ‘assemble the team’ bit is done quickly and with the right note of humour. Then it’s off to skull island. Some great flying in scenes and it’s right into the action.
1973 makes Samuel L Jackson’s character more credible than it would be today. He’s crazy.
The rest of the cast do a good job. John Reilly does a great job of being both comic relief and a disturbing castaway. A surprisingly sophisticated role for this kind of multi-national film. His crazy is both amusing and scary. Brie Larson does a good job of playing an independent woman in the type of movie that generally has ‘damsel in distress’ on offer.
Tom hiddleston plays a character of sorts. Sometimes really well.
It’s not a cerebral movie. It offers some familiar Kong themes. It has some NSS ‘message moments’ but these pass easily in the march to a conclusion.
Some of the cuts between the groups can be a bit disorientating.
It’s worth watching if you like threat, doom, big monsters, lots of bangs, and some kind of story.