Let me start by saying that I’m a HUGE fan of action adventure movies. When I first saw the trailer for Kong: Skull Island, I was excited and I told Kristelle I could not wait to see it. I remember watching King Kong as a young child in the late seventies and again as an adult. I just loved the story.
Skull Island is packed full of action. It is a visual masterpiece of special effects. The screening we attended, however, was in IMAX and 3D and our seats were only five rows from the front. This made it near impossible to enjoy the view of everything.
Overall, I give the movie a B. Although individual character development was almost non-existent, the visuals and story line we’re great. It was a bit like riding a roller coaster. As with a roller coaster, there are highs and lows; calm and turbulent. Just as the initial ‘attack’ is over, you have this low calm where you think you’re about to learn more about the character, but alas, that doesn’t happen. Another ‘attack’ of some sort comes at you.
The movie was fairly fast pace and I feel that it didn’t give enough attention to back stories or key character development. I found myself questioning various character’s motivations and reactions, due to lack of their history.
Personally, John C. Reilly was the standout for me, providing a comic relief to this otherwise action packed drama. His role seemed a little far fetched as we were suppose to believe he had survived, stranded on this island for almost 30 years. His comedic presence brought something to the movie that was lacking.
Will this be a blockbuster at the theaters? More than likely it will simply because of the name. Is it worth the additional money spent on IMAX or 3D? Not in my opinion. I would definitely support it in theaters with a tub of popcorn and my lover by my side, sans 3D.
Look for it in theaters near you on March 10. Tell us what you though of the movie!