Look, I’ll be honest. If you’ve seen one big-budget monster movie you’ve seen them all.
Still, it doesn’t make them any less fun.
So it is with Kong: Skull Island, a film taking place in yet another cinematic universe (it takes place decades before 2014’s Godzilla, and paves the way for 2020’s Godzilla Vs. Kong).
This time, it’s 1973, and secret organisation ‘Monarch’ send a bunch of soldiers and scientists to the not-at-all-forebodingly-named Skull Island.
Unsurprisingly, all does not go to plan, leaving everyone scattered and searching for each other, all while trying to avoid one big-ass ape and some scary critters.
Everything involving Kong is amazing. Size-wise, this version towers over Peter Jackson’s 2005 incarnation. Its roar is chill-inducing, and when it throws down, it seriously throws down.
The humans? Not so much. Aside from Samuel L. Jackson’s ‘Colonel Packard’, every character is given little to no explanation when it comes to their motivations and personalities. This is more disappointing given the calibre of talent on offer. Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman… all are wasted, leaving characters so poorly written literally any B-grade actors could fill in.
Skull Island is also a film that could’ve easily been MA15+… there’s some serious gore throughout, and some of the creatures Kong and the humans encounter along the way are terrifying.
Still, a monster-movie is only as good as its monster, and Kong is a damn good monster to watch.
If you go see it, bask in the glory of one of cinema’s great monsters… and ignore the one-dimensional characters it fights and protects.
And, if you’re at all interested in a Kong v Godzilla clash, stick around after the credits.
Rating – 7.5/10
Kong: Skull Island hits Australian cinemas on March 9
Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman
Classification: M (Sustained threat, action violence and coarse language)