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Add a bit of Jurassic Park, mix a dash of Apocalypse Now and sprinkle a little Godzilla over it, your Kong: Skull Island is ready.
The Kong: Skull Island has been the perfect dish for monster movie lovers which is quite effects-driven and fast paced, ultimately bringing the entertainment quotient high. It looks like Warner Bros. has finally been able to put its monster movie formula right, after numerous misfires.
The Kong: Skull Island also marks one of the most entertaining returns of the giant ape in Hollywood, by striking an ideal balance between throwaway comedy, wild action and refreshment of the genre, unlike any other movie franchise.
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts doesn't mess around with his subjects much and right from the opening scene he gives the audiences what they want with an up close look at the enormous beast.
The plot is simple yet engrossing, where a team of soldiers and explorers fly into a mystic uncharted island only to face the wrath of a giant beast ape and discover themselves into a world surrounded by precarious monsters.
The film also has employed its details magnificently to build up it's setting on the mid-1970s, marking the end of Vietnam war. The cinematography is enchanting with helicopters flying over the ocean at the backdrop of orange sunset is simply magnificent.
Talking about the style, Skull Island closely resemble a rhetoric war movie and has a feel of the 1979 classic drama Apocalypse Now. This movie is certainly not a King Kong remake, but then it also showcases the same human suffering over monster versus monster fight.
Characterization has been right on the money, and then naming one of its principal character 'Conrad' (played by Tom Hiddleston) probably after the Heart of Darkness author, clearly, suggests that the film has gathered a lot of influences from various literary sources.
Samuel L Jackson as Preston Packard has done justice to his character and Brie Larson as Mason Weaver, the photojournalist looked soothing to the eye.
This film has a well-knitted script and the well-articulated motion which keep audiences glued to it until the curtain drop. Moreover, it's not among those films to read a lot about rather, it is best savoured in a large 3D screen over a cola and popcorn.