They killed off the general way too easily. I was worried he'd seriously hurt Kong, but in the end he didn't manage to do a thing. He ordered his men to do everything for him, and in the end all he'd done was tell them what to do, and hold the detonator, and die. It was disappointing. I'm happy he didn't kill the king, Kong, of course, but at the same time I feel his character slowly wanes with his lack of action - or lack of impact. What did he really accomplish? What was his role? He wasn't the real threat at all. In the end he wasn't more than a thorn in Kong's side, and he outlived even that part so easily... but maybe that was the point. To shove one at our savage side, and to show how insignificant we really are in the face of legends.
Otherwise this was a good movie. I love the fresh take on the old franchise, and the promising end. The way Kong bashes down the helicopters was a real treat to see too. Unexpected. Surreal. Awesome.
It's a shame about the people, of course, but that part was so well-filmed and animated my expectations for the rest of the movie went sky-high. A shame, because in this case all good things don't last. The CGI looks fake when they close in too much later on, and fuzzy in the fastest scenes. The chemistry between human and animated feels a bit artificial too, like they're not really seeing eye to eye, yet when inanimate-real and animated collide (like those helicopters) it's just fantastic, and Kong's little island utopia/hell is a place full of mystery and history just waiting to be explored.
The whole white-blotch-on-the-map scenario feels ancient and exhilarating, especially in our time when every rock has been turned, every abyss probed, and all potential elements of magic and myth and unknown are explained or done away with... or at least attempted to. The Bermuda Triangle is still pretty fascinating, and it's similar. The closest real life mystery still remaining. It seems like a probable inspiration.
I love the characters. Love the scenery. Love the old bits, pieces and peeps - like the WW2 soldier, played by John C. Reilly. Tom Hiddleston was great. Samuel L. Jackson looked great but did little, and the others... yeah, they were all great. Brie Larson looked great, which was clearly her main purpose. Even Kong saw the appeal. Love the old stereotypes.
I love it all... most. And the ending... is that a hint towards the prequel we already had, or even greater things to come?! If it's the latter I'm really looking forward to it. This was a blast, and that'd be a blast from the past.
It's not just the action or the characters here: most of all it's the adventure. It's the kind of movie that's clearly not perfect, and clearly won't stand the test of time too well... with regards to effects and what-not, but it has that atmosphere. Of mystery, myth and magic. That's the part I love.
rated 3/5: not bad