Movie Review Flashback: My Review of ‘Kong: Skull Island’

Before King Kong and Godzilla duke it out in a battle of the ages next year here’s a look back at the second movie released by Warner Bros. highlighting these iconic monsters, Kong: Skull Island. Enjoy!

Okay, so I literally just watched this movie for the first time today at home and I have quite a bit to say about it. Some of it will be good, some of it will be bad, there will be a good mixture of the two on this movie. And by the way, there will be plenty of SPOILERS just to let you know ahead of time. So, with no further delay let me tell you what I thought about this movie.

The Characters

First of all, I have no idea what the character’s names are.


I know there was Samuel L. Jackson who was the revenge-stricken captain.


Tom Hiddleston, the handsome British accented one cocked eyebrow and gun-toting tracker who, of course, didn’t die.


There was Brie Larson who played the role of the infamous Caucasian female who is part of King Kong lore. She was somewhat of a damsel in distress but at least she had logical clothing and shoes, unlike someone I know in Jurassic World. 😒

And then there were the other characters whose actors’ names I’m not familiar with. No one, however, really got on my nerves in the movie which I was thankful for. Tom Hiddleston’s character was okay. He wasn’t great but at least he wasn’t irritating. I was fine with Brie Larson’s character until a little over halfway through the movie. Then she became only a little more tolerable than Lois Lane in the new DC movies. I’m just hoping she’ll be a good Captain Marvel. (Hee-hee, she was.) And then Samuel L. Jackson’s character was predictable. He was angry, did a fair share of cursing, and went out with a bang.

And everyone else was fine too. They were just trying to get off the island without being smashed by King Kong or eaten by one of those Skull Crawler things. All in all, the characters weren’t the main reason why the movie wasn’t that great but I’ll get to that later.

King Kong and the other Creatures on Skull Island


King Kong, alone was great. He was massive and deadly, strong and gentle, and by the end of the movie, I was rooting for the ginormous ape as he fought against the main Skull Crawler. The other creatures on the island were interesting as well. Those birds were cool too even if they were a little, well very, vicious.  And that giant insect that looked like a log was pretty neat. That giant spider with the bamboo legs though, now that was a little too much. I was so glad I didn’t see that in IMAX because I would’ve been messed up for days.

I liked the creativity behind the creatures on the island and I liked the surprise factor of the Skull Crawlers.

The Story


The story wasn’t at all, in any way, special. It was just a monster movie and monster movies rely on giant beasts, a lot of noise, suspense, and good guys dying to drive the movie. Still, there were moments in the film when it just wasn’t good. A good example of this would be the action scene in the middle of the movie between everyone and those Skull Crawlers in that field of bones. It was so corny!


First of all, when Tom Hiddleston grabbed this sword, put on this mask and started chopping his way through those birds I was so annoyed. While I watched him all I could think of was Loki. And then when Brie Larson’s character takes this lighter that the tracker guy gave to her the night before and killed the Skull Crawlers with it I was confused. I knew the tracker guy had given it to her for her camera but I guess it didn’t register in my mind that she had taken it permanently.

After that the movie kind of just got boring, to a certain extent. The crazed captain (Samuel L. Jackson) wanted to kill King Kong while everyone else wanted to leave the island. He ended up getting squished before he could blow himself and the ape to hell. Then King Kong fought the main Skull Crawler, the humans helped, he won and saved the girl from dying, wah-wah-wah. And then the movie ended (but not really) with King Kong pounding his chest and roaring into the screen before the camera zoomed into his eyeball.

The Conclusion of my Review


After watching that hour and fifty-minute movie (that’s without adding the time of credits) I would have to give that movie 3 out of 5 stars and an 80 out of 100. It was a decent matinee movie but nothing that I would recommend watching unless you want to laugh at frightened people getting eaten by giant creatures on an island.

It was, however, better than Godzilla and that’s a relief.

I thank you for reading this review and I hope you have a wonderful day.


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