Arriving with considerable buzz, “Kong: Skull Island” seems that big budget popcorn entertainer which may get some cash in for its producers Warner Bros, at least on the opening days. The sci-fi movie imagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”). In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong. The thriller has a heavy weight starcast with Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “Thor: The Dark World”), Samuel L. Jackson (“The Hateful Eight,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Oscar winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Trainwreck”), John Goodman (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Argo”) and John C. Reilly (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Step Brothers”).
Let us check what the reviews have to say about it:
1. Of course, monster fans of a certain age will miss the handmade charms of old-fashioned stop-motion animation – the laborious, artisanal process that brought the first Kong to trembling life. But the effects here are terrific.. – Newark Star Ledger (Thumbs Up)
2. Boiled down to its bonkers essence, Skull Island is a Vietnam war movie with monsters, a retro analog vibe, and a dash of both Moby-Dick and The X-Files. – Flick Filosopher (Thumbs Up)
3. Kong: Skull Island is a fast-paced adrenaline rush that gives us lots of CGI eye candy, lots of thrilling action sequences and scary moments, lots of laughs, and lots of charismatic performers – Forbes (Thumbs Up)
4. It’s hard to say whether it will linger in your memory very long, but it will keep you glued to your seat. Sorry Godzilla, but Kong has the edge for now. – Den Of Geek (Thumbs Up)
5. Scratches your monster-movie itch without ever once providing an injection of unpredictability or eccentricity. It lacks neither fun nor polish, but it has the square tidiness of a compartmentalized fast-food meal. – TheWrap (Thumbs Up)
6. We didn’t come to Kong: Skull Island for the characters (well-developed or otherwise), we came for the damn dirty ape. And director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and Industrial Light and Magic’s Kong is a CGI showstopper. – Entertainment Weekly (Thumbs Up)
7. It’s a film that, somehow, takes the fun out of watching a giant monkey slam-dunk a helicopter into the ground. – Independent UK (Thumbs Down)
8. The Kong remains the same, but director Jordan Vogt-Roberts wrangles a hugely imaginative coterie of new creatures from the lagoon, land and air to both help and hinder (mostly hinder) the luckless homo sapiens. – Radio Times (Thumbs Up)
9. This fantastically muddled and exasperatingly dull quasi-update of the King Kong story looks like a zestless mashup of Jurassic Park, Apocalypse Now and a few exotic visual borrowings from Miss Saigon. – Guardian (Thumbs Down)
10. All the requisite elements are served up here in ideal proportion, and the time just flies by, which can rarely be said for films of this nature. – Hollywood Reporter (Thumbs Up)
11. The surprise is that Skull Island isn’t just ten times as good as Jurassic World; it’s a rousing and smartly crafted primordial-beastie spectacular. – Variety (Thumbs Up)
12. While Kong: Skull Island is let down by some of its cast, characters and scripts, it is still great fun as a crash-bang-wallop monster movie and is well worth seeing. – Daily Express UK (Thumbs Up)
13. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts with a gleeful, look-at-me-ma garishness that speaks to his background in TV comedy, the movie feels wonderfully close to self-parody. – Timeout (Thumbs Up)
So solid reviews to the new Kong island! Are you game?!