Kong: Skull Island
Directed by Indie maker, Jordon Vogt-Roberts, this new adaption of the historic figure is set in the backdrop of 1973 Vietnam War. A group of people land up on an uninhabited island to discover that there was a reason the island has a wall of storms surrounding it, you cant enter here.
With an all star cast of Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchel and Samuel L. Jackson, one thing you were sure to expect when you entered the theatre, there were not going to be any great performances. How true.
The film has a very poor story line and hence lacks soul therefore resting on CGI only. Not that Peter Jackson did not in 2005, but there was a connect you felt with Brody, Watts, Black and Kong played by Serkis.
Somehow in this adventure, everyone seems to have a single note of uni dimensional acting. So Brie doesn’t have much rather than shoot and smile; Tom is keeping a straight face and agreeing to everything everyone else is saying and second guessing it immediately; Goodman is borderline lunatic and so is Jackson but both for different reasons. The only person you felt for in the film is Kebbel playing Chapman and Reilly. John C. Reilly is the only acting saving grace in the film, he entertains, amuses and literally saves the band of lost souls from this Apocalyptic location.
The film does suffer from poor editing though; you can see the rough cuts in places, for example when Tom goes to pick up Slivko after his heroic toxic gas bird fight, he is just picking him up and the scene cuts to a long shot with Tom back in the centre with his gun pointed at the potential enemy, as shown below.
But its not a bad film, still worth once a dekho for the entire CGI induced fight sequences and the representation of Kong as saviour rather than victim or foe.
Dont fret yourself, a sequel is coming…..
Does it have The Y Factor : NO
Rating : 2.5/ 5