Kong: Skull Island

– Genre mashups are hard to pull off successfully. Action-horror hybrids (like Underworld and the Resident Evils) and action-comedies (like the 21 Jump Street series) are constantly being churned out, but it’s usually just those two. Horror-comedies tend tend to age better, but studios don’t make those very much. This movie is a war-action-horror-comedy & giant-monster (also known as “Kaiju”) flick all nicely rolled into one.
– Speaking of war, this movie wears it’s “war film” influences on it’s sleeve, especially “Apocalypse Now”.
– I’ve mentioned before how the artistic side of film-making (no matter what genre it is) is disappearing, but in this movie it makes a wonderful come back. This movie is shot so well, I ended up marveling at some of the compositions and shots. Some of them are still sticking with me a day later.
– Genre films have always been the best to convey social commentary, dating back to classics like “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (an anti-war film disguised as a science-fiction one) and more recent triumphs like “Get Out” (a horror film ready to point the finger at the exploitation of Blacks) . This movie is set just after the Vietnam war, and deals with a few things like the politics behind warfare and a even soldier’s purpose.
– It’s subtly connected to the American Godzilla movie that came out a few years ago. Eventually, Kong and Godzilla are gonna fight. This one is the better movie of the two, but that one was entertaining so check it out as well.
– Kong is very large in terms of height, and it was great to see him tower over the humans.
– LOTS of other creatures besides Kong on that island, and it’s a joy to see them fight each other.
– The soundtrack has a lot of great rock music on it and reminded me of the SUPERB soundtrack to the first Guardians of the Galaxy.
– Final Grade: B+

Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production. He’s on twitter (twitter.com/josezuazua) and instagram (instagram.com/josezuazua).

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