Thursday, March 23, 2017
Kong: Skull Island
My friend Max Allan Collins walked out of Kong: Skull Island after 50 minutes. I stayed and had a good time. To quote Binx Bolling in Walker Percy's The Moviegoer, “The fact is I am quite happy in a movie, even a bad movie." Not that I thought this was a bad movie, just not a very good one if you're looking for a good script or depth of character. If you're looking for some spectacular action, though, you'll find you're in the right place.
At the end of the Vietnam conflict, John Goodman leads an expedition to Skull Island to prove that what he saw there in 1946 was real. He has a military escort led by Samuel L. Jackson. Both groups offer lots of diversity and hastily sketched characters. Tom Hiddleston is the guide, and Brie Larson is the photographer. They look great but are pretty much ciphers. John C. Reilly is the American who's been trapped on the island since WWII. He steals the movie, except for Kong, who's an awesome presence.
The movie takes a while to get started, but then it delivers the goods: action, CGI monsters, human conflicts, and Kong. Did I mention that Kong was awesome? I went on "3D Discount Day." I got my money's worth.