Kong: Skull Island

Kong: Skull Island ★★★½

It's not one minute into this film before Kong shows up. Why? Because it's that kind of movie—a creature feature built for popcorn thrills, with no aspirations of having any deeper dramatic significance. And as that, it delivers! The action is shot with stunning color, the monsters are wonderfully imagined, and the set pieces feel varied. It's fluff, but entertaining fluff.

This is probably the best movie you could make from this script, which feels shredded to bits. Characters are underdeveloped and plot lines often have no beginning or ending. Brie Larson (here playing the world's worst photojournalist) is given some especially clunky dialogue to deliver.

But hey, Kong knifes a demon lizard with a boat propeller! So what kind of movie are you really expecting to get?