Review: Kong: Skull Island

Source: Vox

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts certainly has ambition as this film oozes with delicious cinematography, exceptional sound editing, bold symbolic choices and brutal action sequences. But unfortunately, his clear desire to push the genre ends up making ‘Kong: Skull Island’ an empty film. Vogt-Roberts recently tweeted saying this was the first Vietnam film with monsters, to which I’d highlight to him James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’. That film may not take place in Vietnam or even in the same time period, but it is an obvious allegory for that war and its associated themes of man vs nature, militarism and the destructive nature of technology. ‘Kong: Skull island’ certainly discusses these ideas, often with some power sentiments, however, the film becomes too enamoured with its intellectualism, repeating motifs and techniques to the point where they transition from thought-provoking and shocking to melodramatic and simply out-of-place. Every time you want to depict a character’s clear fascination with militarism and his anger doesn’t mean you have to have explosions behind him. It also doesn’t help that the characters are all clichés and the narrative is predictable and formulaic. If the director had been more restrained, realising less is more, and had been paired with a better screenplay, this film could be a memorable examination of the Vietnam War, but instead it simply becomes your generic monster movie. 2.5/5



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