King Kong is a cultural icon and has been featured in films for over 80 years. The latest treatment he received is in Kong: Skill Island, which focuses on a group of scientists and soldiers who discover his Island in the 70s. The film might have Kong in the title, but his role in the film is mostly as a plot point. His benevolent nature is played up in the film, and it divides the characters into two factions, one bound for escaping the island and leaving Kong to his own devices, and another who desires to kill the beast. The film features a solid cast, with Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, and Brie Larson giving great dramatic performances, while John C. Reilly offers much needed comic relief in this dark interpretation of the king of Skull Island.
Most of the film is spent setting up the inevitable battle with Godzilla, but it still offers a reasonable narrative.
The most impressive thing about this film is Kong who seems inappropriately tall, earning this one…
3 out of 5