Bigger, better, faster!
A lot of money went into this and it wasn’t wasted. John Goodman and Samuel L. Jackson are good indicators. They don’t play characters that are easy to portray, and they give excellent performances regardless. Goodman is a government agent and Jackson a lieutenant colonel. This is a period piece taking place in 1973 and we’re not sure why it matters.
Once passed the introduction, we spend all our time on Skull Island, a gorgeous but dangerous place. The scenery is sumptuous, and we can’t tell how much was done digitally. The creatures look amazing. The camera is dynamic and equally immersive. The soundtrack is fitting, and the score is epic. There is some gore; just enough to get the story across.
The dialogue isn’t always clever. Jackson gets the best lines, of course. There is a constant back and forth protagonist/antagonist switch between his team, the local tribe, the main protagonists, Kong and the ultimate enemies; the "really evil giant monsters". This is a little overwhelming, but it keeps the action going. All in all, this is one of the best King Kong movies out there.