The movie takes place in the 70's as William Randa (John Goodman) seeks to explore an uncharted area called Skull Island. To pull off this expedition Randa forms a team which consist of Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) as well as his men, tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson). Together the group make their way to Skull Island, but upon their arrival they encounter a massive gorilla named Kong. After the expedition is destroyed, the team is separated as Packard leads his men to kill the ape and Conrad's group discovers more about the island. Upon discovering the islanders Conrad and Weaver meet Hank Marlow (John C.Reilly): a World War 2 fighter pilot who has been stranded on the island for 28 years; and that is when the group finds out that there are greater threats on Skull Island.
Given that this was a big monster movie it was no surprise that Kong: Skull Island would be filled with major effects, but I could not help but feel that this element was inconsistent. On one hand the film featured beautiful visuals that meshed effects and cinematography fluently, but then it would have cg sequences that were mediocre at best. Thankfully the film's design was not harmed by this inconsistency. The design in the film's monsters were creative as it brought something unique to this movie's world. I was also surprised at how refreshing the look of Kong was as it blended the creature's various designs over the years. The film's score by Henry Jackman seemed fitting for the film's theme, but the adventurous compositions had a hard time standing out no thanks to the movie's excessive need to play hit songs.
Kong: Skull Island was by no means the titanic blockbuster that it could have been. Due to its sporadic execution in storytelling, character development and technical direction, this monster film was lacking in its presentation. Yet despite its flaws Skull Island had its share of merits as its sense of adventure, intriguing lore and decent performances allowed the film to be entertaining. If nothing else Kong:Skull Island was a different way to reboot the series that, although far from perfect, makes me intrigued to see what the future entails for King Kong.