Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island could have been a great movie. It started out as such. But two-thirds of the way through, Writer John Gatins story went south with Samuel L. Jackson’s character being so stupid that even the kids near me started to groan.
If you weren’t for Kong by then, loyalties changed and you just wanted him to end the human characters and get back to keeping the island natives safe.
It’s a shame because Director Vogt-Roberts had such great control over the action and the Writing Team of Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly, not to mention Cinematographer Larry Fong and the entire Visual Effects team had a crackerjack thriller going for them. But even all this talent couldn’t fight the eventual story dumbness.
John C. Reilly had the standout performance with Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston well playing the central couple. Kong and the “Skull Cracker” monsters were wonderfully created, as well.