KONG: SKULL ISLAND delivers much in the way of visually-striking giant monster spectacle and jungle adventuring, paving the way for the cinematic universe known as the MonsterVerse (like the MCU and DCEU). That’s right, there’s going to be more giant monster movies *cough* Kaiju *cough* and they’re all going to be connected.
KONG: SKULL ISLAND takes place during the US military’s withdrawal from the Vietnam War of 1973, employees of a struggling government organization known as Monarch William Randa (John Goodman) and Houston Brooks (Jason Mitchell) hastily assemble an expedition to an uncharted island, Skull Island, to discover what mysterious lifeforms reside there, under the pretense of conducting a basic geological survey of the landscape. This team includes former SAS Captain/expert tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), renowned anti-war photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) and the US military helicopter squadron, led by Lt. Col. Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson). However, almost immediately upon arriving on the island, these humans come face to face with Kong: a massive, ape-like creature that doesn’t take kindly to these outsiders dropping explosives and trespassing on his home turf. And as those who survive the initial encounter with Kong soon discover, he’s not even the most dangerous creature that resides on Skull Island…
Thankfully, the cinematography and CGI make up for the lackluster plot, dialogue and character development so it’s still an entertaining experience if you’re a fan of big explosions and heavy action commonly seen in The Transformers cinematic universe. In fact, it felt a lot like it was directed by Transformer’s director, Michael Bay rather than Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who made the less-giant-monsters, more-troubled-teenagers film, “The Kings of Summer”.
KONG: SKULL ISLAND ‘s focus on high-action and giant monster battles proves to be a capable introduction to the MonsterVerse, a cinematic universe that would be combining all your favourite giant monsters and more. Overall rating: 6/10
Kong: Skull Island opens in Malaysian theaters tomorrow, March 9th. It is 118 minutes long and is Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language. THERE IS A POST-CREDITS SCENE.