Kong: Skull Island 1.0 stars

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Synopsis

The latest Kong borrows at least a couple of pages from the script of the latest Godzilla (unsurprising, since Max Borenstein co-wrote both) — notably, the jacking up of the big ape’s size to truly gargantuan (though he does seem to grow and shrink a bit according to the demands of the scene), and the pitting of monster against monster, with people mostly serving as not-so-innocent bystanders. Plus the notion of monster as humanity’s benevolent protector, in spite of that status as not-so-innocent. The results are similarly middling. These critters are cuddly gods, demanding no sacrifice and forgiving all sins — though sometimes after a flare-up of temper. It’s fun to watch them in action, but on the human side, the film is clumsily written, over-cast and underacted, with only frustrated soldier Samuel L. Jackson striking the right tone of crazy amid the chaos. (John Goodman sounds bored as an intrepid scientist, while Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston are reduced to tight-shirted eye candy as a combat photographer and secretly sensitive tracker, respectively.) Besides the godlike gorilla, the real star seems to be ‘70’s technology, as director Jordan Vogt-Roberts lavishes loving attention on slide projectors, walkie-talkies, reel-to-reel players, manually adjusted cameras, and bucket-of-bolts transportation. Just don’t ask yourself who is holding the Super 8 during the final scene.

Matthew Lickona

Length: 2 hours

Rated: PG-13

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AMC Classic Mission Marketplace 13

431 College Boulevard, Oceanside. 760-631-5700

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AMC Classic River Village 6

5256 Mission Road, Bonsall. 760-945-1365

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AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego. 888-262-4386

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AMC La Jolla

8657 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego. 888-262-4386

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AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego. 888-262-4386

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770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista. 888-262-4386

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3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City. 888-262-4386

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Angelika Film Center

11620 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego. 858-674-6164

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12905 El Camino Real, Del Mar. 858-794-4045

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Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego. 858-635-7716

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The LOT

7611 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA. 858-777-0069

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Reading Grossmont Center

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa. 800-326-3264

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4665 Clairemont Drive, San Diego. 800-326-3264

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401 Mission Avenue, Oceanside. 760-439-1327

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405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon. 619-401-3456

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Regal Rancho San Diego

2951 Jamacha Road, El Cajon. 619-660-3483

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Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos. 760-471-3734

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UltraStar Mission Valley at Hazard Center

7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego. 619-685-2841

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