Synopsis: A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong. [x]
Title: Kong: Skull Island
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Cinematographer: Larry Fong
Writers: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly
Editor: Richard Pearson
I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. I went into it expecting not to enjoy it as much as I did, but I came out of the film very pleased with it! The first 30min blew me away with amazing directing and editing jobs, as well as amazing visual to accompany the directing. Overall, the entire film showcased amazing work from the crew, and it was really a breath of fresh air to see an action film like this, that has been remade many times, to take a bit of a chance with some interesting styles, and in the end it worked out perfectly!
The acting in the film was also something that stood out to me, but not in the people who I expected to see great performances by. The group of actors playing the soldiers were the standout performances, and carried the film. Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly were nothing short of a great performance I have seen them all show before, but their characters were almost portrayed in a strange way, where it seemed they did not contribute much to the overall situation, but mostly were casted for their big names to draw crowds. The soldiers were the true heroes to the story, and deserved all the screen time they received, and I even wished they got a bit more.
The writing also put the leads in a weird place in the film. With the plot feeling like it was being told through explaining things to them, instead of discovery by them. Being led by Reilly’s character Hank Marlow to a place where they can hope to escape, and stopping by a place that pretty much ensured their safety while the soldiers were left to fend for themselves against the creatures of the island, I had very little connection to the leads. I really wished they could have had more direct action instead of the one or two scenes they did have. With the exception of some Samuel L. Jackson scenes, the leads felt a bit underused.
Although the story does have a few hints here and there, including an after credits scenes, to other Kong movies and even Godzilla, Skull Island is a movie that can be watched by audiences with little knowledge of any of the other movies related to it.
Overall, film lovers will love the directing, cinematography and editing, and everyone will love the entertainment of Kong.