The wait & anticipation sure paid off...if you like the genre then this movie delivers the WOW factor.
This movie is gritty. It's got that Platoon/Full Metal Jacket vibe meets creatures from Riddick's universe.
Kong is huge!
LOL you barely see his entire figure on screen unless it's a long shot, otherwise close-ups are just facial features or a hand or a leg stomping on something.
He's impressive but because of his sheer scale you don't get to bond or feel compassionate about him...he is a revered God to the natives on the island & a peaceful co-existence exists between the two.
There is no Beauty/Beast, hero & heroine love triangle here. Kong doesn't fall in love with Brie Larson's character, Mason. He sniffs & senses she isn't a threat & so far, that is that.
Tom Hiddleston plays the competent hero that doesn't take up too much screen time. Some moments where you can imagine him as the next Indiana...
Goodman plays the character he's famous for...likeable & trustworthy until he reveals his ulterior motives.
Samuel Jackson starts off with good intentions but slowly loses it when he realises not everything can be solved by killing...life only makes sense if it's a battle.
John C. Reilly is the comic relief but in a good way. Once you understand he's been on the island for 48 years, all his eccentricities are easily accepted.
Brie Larson isn't the damsel in distress. She's strong willed & although the starring female role, this story isn't about her & Kong.
There's one scene that's PIS & leaves you scratching your head but I won't bring it up until other peeps have watched it.
Simply, this Kong rocks!