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‘Kong: Skull Island’ action-packed reboot worth seeing

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“Kong: Skull Island” is definitely worth getting out of bed for. The action packed reboot stars Tom Hiddleston Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Riley and Brie Larson.

Although the movie is full of action and hysterical one liners, the plot is mediocre at best.

“Kong: Skull Island” is the same basic premise as always with Kong, but instead of a movie crew traveling to a secret location to make a wildlife film, it’s a military squadron evaluating the land under the guise of mapping out the lost island.

However, the main plot and themes of the movie fall flat.  Once the team begins traveling to the island, the whole movie just becomes predictable.

To spare those who are planning to see the movie, I won’t go into details about the plot holes, but I will say that you will already be able to determine the end of the movie about 40 minutes in.

The only character that displayed any sense of sanity in the movie was Preston Packard, played by Samuel L. Jackson.

I adored the acting done by Samuel L. Jackson, however, I was not impressed with the character of Preston Packard.

There were just too many unanswered questions about the character at the end of the movie. The same thing goes for the character of Jack Chapman, who was played by Toby Kebbell.

When talking about monsters and CGI affects, the cinema team knocked this one out of the park. Kong is so lifelike and so are the creatures he battles.

I opted to see the movie in 2-D rather than 3-D, but I can only imagine how amazing it would be in 3-D.

I think my favorite scene was when Mills, played by Jason Mitchell, is complaining about going home and asks his fellow corpsman if he is ready to be in his bed.

He then wonders if said corpsman even has a bed to go home to.

Tom Hiddleston is my favorite actor, and I was ecstatic to find out he would be staring in this movie.

I was very disappointed with the overall development of his character however, all we know about him is that he’s a tracker who is clearly British but is living in Thailand. I can only assume that the writers wanted to make him appear as some mysterious henchman yet.

The female characters have no motive.

Mason Weaver, played by Brie Larson, is an independent photographer. She gives very little to the overall story besides eye candy.

The character San, played by Tian Jing,is the only other notable female character, and she also is given a minimal role.

This movie does something that most action thrillers do not. They actually try and humanize the antagonist, and what’s more astonishing is that they succeed in doing so.

In the beginning, you want to root for the take-down of Kong due to the things that he does. As the movie goes on, they introduce a new antagonist, which allows for Kong to slide into the protagonist slot.

We almost literally don’t know anyone’s name in the film. There isn’t enough backstory to develop the characters. The themes and tone are way too heavy-handed.

The overall film quality deserves an A for effort but as far as the plot goes, Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly have a long way to go.

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ action-packed reboot worth seeing