Set in 1973 with the Vietnam War as a backdrop, the film follows Captain James Conrad (Hiddleston), who is hired by the government to help them make their way to Skull Island.
Unlike classical monster movies, Kong and the other monsters on the island are not short on screen time in their full scope, which is pretty refreshing after films like 10 Cloverfield Lane and Godzilla. Kong and the island's other creatures are brilliantly designed, animated and do create a sense of awe and intensity, especially during battle sequences.
The scale of the movie is impressive. The set pieces and the visuals are beautiful and harrowing. The orange sky looks like it has been ripped straight from Apocalypse.
If you're a fan of huge monsters battling to be top of the food chain, forces bringing explosives to places of tranquility or B-movie style scripts, Kong: Skull Island will offer you plenty to enjoy. Sat comfortably with popcorn in hand, there is joy to be had, especially during the epic monster vs. monster battles. Kong makes a return and I'm sure we will see him do battle against other nasties soon enough.
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