“Kong: Skull Island” Movie Review

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Garrett Stiger

Garrett is an entertainment professional living in the Los Angeles area. In his free time, he's a shark hunter, Jedi Knight, Kaiju wrangler and dog owner. He also edits and contributes to movie discussions at 3byThree.

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  1. Avatar Maribou
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    Just wanted to say thanks for this interesting and thoughtful review – I’m about 15 X more likely to see the flick now 🙂Report

  2. Avatar North
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    I also enjoyed Kong for much the same reason you did and for much the same reason you enjoyed Godzilla. The two films do definitely feel like they share the same world. They also very successfully convey impressions of the titular monsters who are, if not benevolent, at least generally benign while not being remotely syrupy or trite.

    The story is, as in Godzilla, somewhat wa-wa-waaa and the human characters generally are flat cell figures leaving the acting mainly to the animated headliners but they’re good natured and good fun rides.Report

    • Avatar Garrett Stiger in reply to North
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      “They also very successfully convey impressions of the titular monsters who are, if not benevolent, at least generally benign while not being remotely syrupy or trite.”

      That’s a great point! There is a certain benevolence to them, but you’re right, it never tips over into triteness.

      Neither film would be hurt by more compelling human drama, but when they get the monster stuff so right and manage to have their own personalities within the blockbuster machine, I can’t get TOO upset by some flat characters.Report

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