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2.5
750 Ratings

Kong: Skull Island

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts
United States, 2017
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Synopsis

A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

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Kong: Skull Island Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Visual Effects

The politics aren’t subtle, and as for gravitas, Skull Island’s script contains some of the biggest stabs at deathly seriousness of any Kong movie thus far. And that gets to the bizarre schizoid nature of this particular popcorn flick: namely, is it even possible, let alone advisable, to make a King Kong movie about an idea so serious? Is the Kong franchise capable of commenting on anything other than its own potent spectacle?
March 23, 2017
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The film is fast and playful, rushing through its few ponderous eco-aware moments to get to the next monster chase or attack… The film doesn’t try to compare with the depth and resonance of any given King Kong, because it lacks the tragic last stand. But it holds its own in a weight category with pulp footnotes including The Son of Kong (1933), King Kong Lives! (1986) and Toho’s reuse of its shaggy shabby Kong suit in 1967’s King Kong Escapes.
March 10, 2017
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Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ The Kings Of Summer left me unimpressed back in the day, so I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I liked the splashy first hour of Kong: Skull Island. As A.A. Dowd notes in his review, Vogt-Roberts somehow succeeds in turning what is usually the worst part of any King Kong movie into the best… But the movie suffers from having way too many characters (what is Tom Hiddleston even doing in this movie?) and unremarkable monsters.
March 10, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Kong: Skull Island

    [IMAX 3D]2017 seems to be the year of the blockbuster. Split; Logan; John Wick: Chapter Two; Kong: Skull Island. NYR: Alien: Covenant; Atomic Blonde; Blade Runner 2049; Transformers: The Last Knight; War for the Planet of the Apes; Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Dunkirk. The trailer that leaked a week before the premiere à la Handmaiden is a piece of contemporary art. Eisenstein would hi5 its editors until his hands bled∇

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film Kong: Skull Island

    The screenplay is packed with contrivances and the dialogue is dripping with cheese, but Vogt-Roberts works some real magic from the director's chair. The Vietnam War setting pairs painterly imagery and a slick oldies soundtrack with some novel (if blunt) ruminations on militarism. Also, unlike Gareth Edwards' recent "Godzilla," you don't spend two-thirds of the film waiting for the beastly hoedowns. A real surprise!

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Kong: Skull Island

    Solid cast, some sparkling photographic gems and an intriguing premise - "Apocalypse Now" meets "Predator" meets, um, "King Kong" - but ultimately it suffers from very poor writing, some very wonky effects and a lack of thematic ambition: a much better film would have been to ditch the cast and focus on Sam Jackson plotting revenge on Kong for killing his unit, full of rich 'Nam metaphors. Make it!

  • Palmat's rating of the film Kong: Skull Island

    Despite a strong first reel this movie suffers the same fate as the last Godzilla movie. All promise and zero follow through. The cast is largely squandered and the whole things sinks into a CGI-mayhem abyss clawing desperately for any sort of relevance. Sadly there is none to be found. While it is an OK popcorn movie it could have been so much more. Shame...

  • f-nanda's rating of the film Kong: Skull Island

    What a soundtrack! If I could be anyone else I'd be Samuel L. Jackson! The guy is everywhere!! Can someone explain to me how Goodman got out of there and the other two couldnt? Did I miss something? Alright, the storm... what? I'm hoping for a movie that they cloned Kong. Yeah, that's entertainment to me.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Kong: Skull Island

    If "Jurassic Park meets Apocalypse Now" sounds like it would turn out schizoid to you, you're absolutely right—even if, for the first 20 minutes, it seems like it might actually get away with it. This has the most Dead Serious moments in the franchise, mixed in with some of the silliest, a well-made ride that (troublingly) says nothing more than that the Vietnam War is just another costume a blockbuster can wear.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Kong: Skull Island

    The first 30 minutes are very compelling: intriguing teaser, well-established characters, visually stimulating and, most importantly, we get the sense we're about to embark on a great adventure. Then we get to the island and everything that had been carefully crafted is thrown out the window in favor of plot, plot, plot. Character development dies, CGI and monsters abound, there's no more arc, no more emotion.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Kong: Skull Island

    It's 2017, so it shouldn't be surprising to witness a "King Kong" film that is more beholden to first-person shooters, Studio Ghibli anime, and movies like "Jurassic Park" than the grand Hollywood romanticism of the original (or even Peter Jackson's remake) - it's not surprising, really, but it is strange. The big ape makes a strong impression but not much else in this Zack Snyder-esque pastiche does.

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