We've seen it all before, but this new King Kong is just as entertaining if not more then the rest of them. Above all else, Kong is the star, and in this case, that's a very good thing.
It seemed over several years ago we saw a pretty spectacular King Kong movie that put the giant ape back onto the big screen. This film may not have the talent of Peter Jackson behind it, but it does offer one thing that both films have in common: a spectacular cast. Not only that, but in this new redo, Kong is more spectacular and bigger then ever before.
The new King Kong is a step back in time for the lovable ape, both literally and figuratively. It takes place in the 1940s and mostly in the 1970s during the Vietnam war era. It's an interesting time piece to set the film in, and is very connected with both WWII and Vietnam. It's interesting to see a group of Vietnam soldiers under Samuel L Jackson to defeat the giant ape. Speaking of Samuel L Jackson, they couldn't have really picked a better actor to go up against Kong.
Like the 2005 film, this movie's high point is it's amazing cast. Not only Samuel L Jackson does a great acting job, but also Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman and John C Reilly all carry their own. Impressive cast right? What's most impressive about the cast is that they've all acted in similar films before (minus Brie Larson, which is the biggest roll she's played). Just last year, Goodman was spectacular in 10 Cloverfield Lane, and now he's in a roll you know he's having fun with.
Aside from the cast though, the true star of this film is Kong himself. The movie truly portrays the giant brute strength of the ape god, and puts him up against a familiar villain, the Skull Crushers. Like the 2014 Godzilla film, they do a very impressive and amazing job on Kong. He's bigger, and even smarter then his previous outings, but this one almost adds heart to the monster. It's clear within the first few scenes that he's King on Skull Island.
Skull Island itself is pretty impressive in this new Kong movie. While there's no T-Rek's, there are some pretty intense other monsters that Kong battles, making this a true monster movie.
And of course, it makes it even better that this isn't a stand alone film. With references to Godzilla throughout the movie and how it ends, you know Kong will be back in Kong vs Godzilla.