Connect
To Top

Beauty Killed the Beast Again

Post saved!

With Disney’s live action Beauty and The Beast coming out this weekend, Power Rangers just around the
corner, and enough recognizable material on its way to free us deciding what to see based on its own merit instead of brand popularity,
Kong: Skull Island may feel like just another gentle reminder that there really is a war on ideas.

There’s a risk built into any original idea; instead of just preaching to the choir, you’re trying to convert non-believers. As we get better and better at everything involving film, it seems that there’s a major preference to push the same things instead of creating more new things.

There is a subtle distinction between thinking and doing. We are better at doing than thinking, and in so many spheres we are being told that ideas are worthless and execution is king. Well, if execution is king, ideas are the people. Without one, the other is moot. Just because they function differently, they needn’t have their own weighted values. Each critical to the survival of the other.

Where does King Kong fit into all of this? While there is a lack of support for new ideas in favor of revamping old ones, the burden falls on the public in the form of well-executed, but terrible movies and ticket price hikes. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Kong was a bad movie. Actually, it was a lot of fun, and while not every movie has to be fun, not every movie has to be not fun either. What kept it from being great was a missing support of creative ideas from behind the camera.

Kong: Skull Island was visually stunning (as you’d expect) and actually suffered from too many glamor shots and manufactured tension to fill in the gaps where story beats would have carried the film’s rhythm and relinquished the need to fake tension that isn’t there. A lot of the film was jaw dropping: Kong with his 100-plus-foot statue was a beauty to behold, and it was great to see him towering so high.

The cinematography was a gift to the eyes with places like Hawaii and Vietnam being used to craft Skull Island. The “post-war” aesthetic with a setting of the day after America announces withdrawal from Vietnam was a huge well of creativity, and Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (with the beautiful The Kings of Summer under his belt) managed to keep a stale script feeling adequate. Seeing King Kong on a giant IMAX screen tearing stuff up is pretty hard to hate, but the ringing hollowness in the script dragged everything else that was so well done down a few notches.

While the film had some moments that could really suck you in, you wouldn’t be waiting too long to be jarred back to earth by nonsense that couldn’t work, even in a film about a giant ape and two-legged skeleton lizards. In the fictional world of this Kong film, we’re supposed to be cemented into a “MonsterVerse” for the upcoming, you guessed it, sequel: Godzilla vs Kong. While I’ll probably be one of the idiots begrudgingly handing over the money to see that on the big screen too, I’m not too optimistic that it will be much more than a safe, watered-down crowd pleaser with name recognition.

Yes, we like seeing King Kong smash helicopters and fight giant creatures, but it’s not enough without a reason for the story taking place. Where is the quote, “‘Twas beauty that killed the beast,” you know, the whole reason for King Kong’s story existing in the first place? Well here’s my closing spoiler; they just simply changed Kong’s story to be a protector from some other scary beast (basically the same thing as Godzilla) and used Brie Larson’s beauty as some weird middle ground between love interest and confusing hiking partner for Tom Hiddleston.

All style, very little substance (mostly from minor characters and a well-crafted setting), but still all around pretty fun, Kong: Skull Island will leave you satisfied enough to smile in your seat, but not quite enough to last the ride home.

Title Image Source

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Entertainment

  • Apps for Scoring Cheap Tickets

    There’s nothing like jamming out to your favorite band or witnessing the spectacle of a Broadway show.

    Jenna SalisburryMarch 24, 2017
  • The White Helmets: A Must See

    Netflix‘s first original Oscar winning documentary explores the situation in Syria and specifically focuses on a group of first responders called...

    Nadeer FaragallaMarch 24, 2017
  • Make Your Own NYC Skyline

    Everyone knows that the New York City skyline is absolutely gorgeous.

    Samantha SontagMarch 24, 2017
  • Ingrid Goes West: When Social Media Crosses the Line

    In the age of technology, social media apps can be a fun way to connect with friends and pass time.

    Ariana KraftMarch 22, 2017
  • Competitive Couples Only

    “Let’s stay in and watch Jeopardy,” said no one ever.

    Rachel MideyMarch 22, 2017
  • DuoBook: a Book-Lover’s Dream

    There is something about reading or listening to a good story that is almost magical.

    Catherine HorneMarch 21, 2017
  • The Eagle Huntress: One Teen’s Fight for Equality

    Called 2016’s most feminist film, The Eagle Huntress is a groundbreaking documentary that follows 13-year-old Aisholpan (ash-ol-pan) as she challenges the...

    Brielle WagnerMarch 20, 2017
  • E-couponing Tricks

    Couponing as we know it has changed from our mother’s generation.

    Jenna SalisburryMarch 17, 2017
  • Make Your Own T-shirt Tote Bag

    If you’ve ever deleted a DIY project from your wish list because it involved sewing, you’re not alone.

    Samantha SontagMarch 17, 2017
  • March Madness: The Coolest Date Night

    As you may know, March Madness is upon us.

    Rachel MideyMarch 15, 2017
  • Look Your Best, Spend Less

    Building a fresh, fun and fashion forward wardrobe can put major dents in any student’s wallet.

    Jenna SalisburryMarch 10, 2017
  • Average Joe Logan

    A real conversation I had with my mom after she saw an advert for the movie Logan went a little like...

    Nadeer FaragallaMarch 10, 2017
  • DIY Organizing Ideas

    Sometimes it can be tough to be organized and look cute all while staying on budget.

    Samantha SontagMarch 10, 2017
  • Get Out: Stay Seated

    A horror film about visiting your girlfriend’s parents sounds exactly like the type of movie you would reluctantly be dragged in...

    Nadeer FaragallaMarch 3, 2017
  • Apps Every College Student Needs

    Tight budgets and ambition define today’s college students.

    Jenna SalisburryMarch 3, 2017