Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island ★★★★

Saw this one in the cinema and rewatched it today on my just bought Steelbook BluRay. And wow, it wasn't a fluke in the cinema, I even had to upgrade my rating here from 3,5 to 4 stars. This movie is everything I want from a monster movie.

It's phenomenaly shot and colored, a lot of the frames could be printed out as a poster and look great. The landscape is unbelievable and really makes you believe this is shot in some kind of far off, mysterious island no one ever saw before. Making this movie in the style of old Vietnam war movies worked out perfectly and makes the soundtrack from scene to scene shine. Of course you could say it was pretty cliché, but that's what I expect from something marketing itself as a homage to Apocalypse Now.

I hear a lot of complaints about the bland characters and the story but I can't share that sentiment. All the characters in this movie were good enough and there was enough uniqueness to all of them that they didn't feel useless. Also I don't expect a character study when I go see a monster movie. But still, because it wasn't handled perfectly I have to subtract at least a few points of the final score.

If you are a fan of monster movies or a fan of Vietnam movies (that can also handle some goofy monster fights) I hope you will find the time to give this a watch.

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