Hey, look at that: they’re making another King Kong movie. At first I thought that Kong: Skull Island was a sequel to the 2005 King Kong, but the two movies apparently have nothing to do with each other. Instead, Skull Island takes place in the same world as the 2014 Godzilla movie, but back during the 70s, as part of a rebooted Godzilla vs King Kong franchise.
Right now, I think my favorite thing about this movie is that it ended up being only about two hours long. And thank God for that. The characters are bland, unmemorable, and mostly white cardboard cutouts, and the plot isn’t any more engaging than “monster vs. monster”. Of course, I may not have found the story particularly engaging since I couldn’t hear half of it.
My theater actually forgot to turn the sound up to a volume loud enough for the audience to understand what any of the characters were saying. When the mistake was finally rectified, the movie was about halfway done, and Godzilla had just appeared. That said, I cannot say that I’m particularly upset by my inability to hear the characters. The first half of the movie appeared to be nothing more than a setup of poorly written characterization and annoying tropes that I have seen in every other movie I’ve ever watched.
I don’t know what annoys me more, the fact that Hollywood keeps remaking old movies instead of doing something new—because they think that our new technology can totally make the movie better—or that when Hollywood remakes these movies, it constantly features white people even in a story that is about the Japanese!