Movie Review: KONG – SKULL ISLAND
Star Rating (out of 5): **
Highly expected and totally overrated, KONG – SKULL ISLAND sends viewers into an epic battle of man vs. sleep. Brought to you by Warner Bros., this is one of the most boring films I’ve seen in a long time.
The CGI wasn’t bad, which is to be expected at such a high price tag. The look of the film was nice overall, with all the technical departments doing a decent job. And, despite their stereotypical characters, there are moments when excellent actors like John Goodman and John C. Reilly get to shine.
Time is too short to name the long list of everything that annoyed me about this movie. Let’s just say, apart from taking too long with introducing a boringly formulaic set of characters, KONG – SKULL ISLAND shocked me with its complete lack of freshness. Nothing here felt like anyone was dying to show it to the world. Nothing felt urgent, nothing made you holler at the screen, laugh out loud, or get upset.
And, to be more genre specific: the “monkey”, obviously the star of the show, was given away too soon, just like all the other monsters. That is the problem with huge CGI budgets. They show you too much too fast, and you lose interest. When the big final enemy is revealed, if you’re still awake you’ll be like, “Wait, so it’s just a bigger version of another boring creature I’ve seen like a hundred times already?”
KONG – SKULL ISLAND may have tall monsters and an even taller budget, but it is a new low in the genre. If the studio had written out a $185 million check and burned it on youtube, the result would have been more exciting than this ordeal.
Review by: SAM SILBER