Should have just been called "Fuck You, Moneyball, Baseball is Magic"
I am one of the only people alive who will admit to enjoying Peter Jackson's "King Kong". And the best part of that movie is all the giant monster mayhem that happens on the island previous to bringing Kong to New York. And this movie is basically that, minus a lot of Jacksonian pretension.
But I can't understand how this movie isn't called Apocalypse Kong. That one was a gimme.
If you chose to judge this movie by how well it does what it wanted to do, and not how much was it what you expected it to be, it's actually quite good. The inherent terror of being a Puritan at the mercy of nature and a capricious, unanswerable God comes across really well and made me feel quite terrible for everyone involved. But from all the complaining I've heard about this one, I think it suffered a lot from…
This is probably my favorite Jarmusch movie. And such a strong performance from Forest Whittaker. Watching it this most recent time I realized it is, in its way, a movie a lot like John Wick (which I also love). A savage revenge film, but with a principled central character who can't be turned from his chosen path or its consequences. To be honest I'm not sure why I'm holding back that last half a star. I can't think of anything in this movie I want to be better or different.