Kong: Skull Island


Jordan Vogt-Roberts


Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary and John C. Reilly.


Dan Gilroy


Thomas Tull


118 Minutes

UK Store
Release Date

March 10, 2017

Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American monster film. The film follows a team of scientists and Vietnam War soldiers who travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific and encounter terrifying creatures and the mighty Kong.

The second installment in to the WB Studios Monster Universe is here in the form of Kong:Skull Island!

Now, lets be clear, Skull Island has all the ingredients to make the best King Kong movie of all time. It hosts an all-star cast featuring Nick fury (Samuel L.Jackson), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) the upcoming Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). And with amazing visuals that were shot on location, and some of the best special effects in this type of big budget monster movie,  is probably why I’m so underwhelmed by the result.

The best thing about this movie, is the title character Kong himself. There are not to many monster flicks that really portray the character as having personality, emotions and motivations; Skull Island does an impeccable job of capturing this when we are referring to Kong.

Every time Kong is on screen – no matter what he is doing – whether it be stamping on a giant squid, licking his wounds or doing the epic King Kong roar while beating his chest, its amazing and its where this movie is at its best. If only this movie was 90 mins of that, I might not be so disappointed. Well…at least he got more screen time than 2014’s Godzilla – sheeeesh!!!

Now, everything right about the Kong character is the complete opposite of every other character in this movie. Maybe I’m being harsh! But it’s sad that this movie struggles with the same problems that movies like Transformers, Godzilla, and (not so much) but yeah Pacific Rim too.

The human characters: the majority are one dimensional and at times fail at even there one dimension. Brie Larson – the photographer that only takes pictures of the least impressive things when stuck on a secluded magical island. Tom Hiddleston – the tracker who does no tracking but is a bad ass, with every weapon or object he can get his hands on, and this is the general story for all except two characters: Samuel L Jackson’s plays the human villain in the gang and his purpose and motivates are made clear unlike so many others! John C. Reilley’s character gets the most back story; marooned on the island since World War 2, he knows everything about the island and spent most of his screen time explaining everything that needs to be seen. The only saving grace – is that he is also where the majority of the humor comes from – which lands sometimes but falls flat mostly.

To cut to the chase, you came to this movie to see monsters, and from that stand point, it delivers in a big way. Kong is amazing, so are all the other monsters in this world: the giant spider and overgrown stick insect where mind blowing, and if it spent more time with these aspects, I could give this movie a higher rating but unfortunately humans as always F^%$ it up!

To cut to the chase, you came to this movie to see monsters and from that stand point it delivers in a big way. Kong is amazing, so are all the other monsters but unfortunately humans as always F^%$ it up! .

To buy or Not to buy?

I cant tell you to buy this at full price, but I do think you need it in your collection, so when it drops to £5 in the bargain bin – pick it up for sure – it will be worth it!

P.S. Wait till the end of the credits too 🙂

Reviewed by Joe

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  • Kong is King
  • Skull Island feels real
  • Amazing special effects
  • Action Scenes are great


  • weak human characters
  • Not enough screen time with Kong
  • weak and forced Humor