Okay so before I start my bit, I must put in a disclaimer. I have never ever watched a monster movie including King Kong, or any other giant ape, or Godzilla. So if I offend any fan of such movies, pardon me. I am looking at the movie objectively as a piece of cinema. So here I go with the review of KONG Skull Island.
About KONG Skull Island
As evident from the name of the movie, it is an adventure movie featuring a giant ape. The movie features Tom Hiddleston(MCU‘s Loki), Samuel L. Jackson(MCU‘s Nick Fury), Brie Larson(MCU’s upcoming Captain Marvel), John Goodman, Terry Notary and John C. Reilly in primary roles. The movie is produced by Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures. The direction cap is held by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
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Vietnam War has just ended and William Randa, a senior official from an organization called Monarch gets an expedition approved to an unchartered island. He gets James Conrad(Tom) as a tracker and a helicopter squadron led by Colonel Preston Packard(Jackson) for the expedition. They are accompanied by an ‘anti-war’ photographer Mason Weaver(Brie), a biologist, a geologist, a Landsat official, etc.
They go to the island and drop explosives on the terrain to measure seismic readings. But in order, a giant ape is awakened which they later refer to as Kong. Kong counter-attacks the helicopters and the whole team gets scattered, with some lives lost. James and Mason, along with some other members, meet Hank Marlow, a lieutenant from World War II, who has been living on the island for 28 years hoping to return back to civilizations. He tells them that Kong is a savior, saving the tribes and other organisms of the island from the ‘devil down under‘ which are released due to the bombings.
Unaware of this, Colonel Packard sets out to avenge the deaths of his squadron, by killing Kong.
In an action adventure movie, performances are mostly overlooked, but Samuel L. Jackson won’t let that happen. He shines out in a cluster of faces that appear on the screen. Tom Hiddleston tries to do justice to an improperly written character and Brie Larson is ineffective, to say the least. Rest of the cast here and there drops a few lines, but the face that you will remember for a long time is John C. Reilly as Hank Marlow. He provides comic relief and also plays an important role in binding the narrative through exposition.
Story, Screenplay, and Dialogues
I won’t blabber for long. The story is not at all engaging. The screenplay is pretty much predictable. The thing I would like to appreciate is the character development of Packard. Which is possibly the only character developed in the movie. Right from the first phone scene in his office to the phone call that he receives to the final battle, we understand his position and empathize with him. Rest of the characters feed on exposition and hence the writing disappoint.
Mandatory blah blah on the VFX- It is good. Not great, not awesome, good. Yeah. That’s fine.
Jordan had some visions about the visual presentation of the movie and that is evident in some images that won’t leave your mind for long. Including but not exclusive to the various silhouettes of Kong against the Sun, and those of the flesh-eating flying creatures against the sun. It almost reminds of the iconic Spielberg shot of cycle against the moon from ET. Apart from those moments, the movie is more or less forgettable. But it does not bore the audience. So, that’s a positive I suppose.
A decent watch, but I think for Indian masses, Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a better option. Action lovers may go for it. No regrets, but you may not clap after the movie. You are getting what I am saying. Right?
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