Fans of John C. Reilly’s amazing and eccentric performances will be thrilled by how he lifts this tale.
Kong is rather magnificent, but – disappointingly – this is a war movie rather than a big monster movie.
You get lots of large creatures and very creepy settings. The lines are meant to be meaningful. Most of the actors play soldiers leaving active service in Vietnam in 1973.
Super songs from the 1960s and 1970s will thrill those of a certain (older) age, during the early scenes.
We meet our stars, who include Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston.
All the people here are disappointingly wooden, except for Reilly and Samuel L Jackson. Even John Goodman has little to do, other than Say Lines That Should Be Important.
Is it worth seeing? Is it just another title with a colon?
I enjoyed it. I prefer other versions of the Kong stories, but this was okay. It has moments that are genuinely scary.
But you never really care about what will happen to any of the people, other than Reilly. And I wanted Kong – always King Kong, to me – to live a long life and be okay.
One positive note is that you never go anywhere near New York City. So that, at least, is progress.