Kong: Skull Island (2017)

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Kong: Skull Island is the second film in Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse (after 2014’s Godzilla) and it is a very bad sign for the future of this cinematic universe. This movie is pretty easily the worst I have seen this year, the editing is atrocious, the characters are terribly uninteresting, the camera is aimed at Tom Hiddleston’s tight shirt for a ridiculous amount of the runtime, the attempts to be like a 70’s Vietnam movie got on my nerves pretty quickly, Kong himself looks cartoonish, and most of the scenes look like they were shot on a totally green set even when they weren’t. The first 30 to 50 minutes are moderately enjoyable as a popcorn flick but as soon as Tom Hiddleston grabs a katana out of midair, puts on a gas mask, runs through poison gas slicing monster-birds out of the air, and then proceeds to remove said gas mask while standing in poison gas without any consequences, Kong: Skull Island falls deep into an abyss of shockingly bad filmmaking. If you’re looking for a so-bad-it’s-good film to laugh at, this might be the one to watch, but if you were looking for a promising future for the MonsterVerse, than prepare for a huge disappointment. The fact that this is currently higher on Rotten Tomatoes than Godzilla, an exceptional film, baffles me to no end.

There is a lot of violence in Kong: Skull Island but I think kids 11 or 12 and up can probably handle it.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

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Colossal (2017)

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Colossal is a sci-fi dramedy about a young alcoholic woman named Gloria (Anne Hathaway) who is kicked out of her life in New York city and moves back to her hometown, meanwhile a seemingly unrelated giant monster is attacking South Korea. This movie is wholeheartedly original and fairly compelling, however, even though it is advertised as a comedy, it is much more a drama than a comedy. The characters are complicated but somewhat unrealistic. Although it suffers from these flaws, Colossal is still a fresh and entertaining story I recommend viewing.

Colossal is much darker than advertised so I wouldn’t propose kids younger than 13 see it.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

Cloverfield (2008)

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UNMISSABLE

From Bad Robot, Cloverfield stands above other monster movies by showing the entire attack from the perspective of bystanders on the ground, in the midst of the carnage, without showing shots from above. This results in the audience truly knowing only that which the characters know. Cloverfield also has plenty of well hidden easter eggs to find. I highly recommend you give this awesome found footage monster movie a try. I wouldn’t suggest letting kids under 12 watch it because it can be pretty thrilling/frightening as well as having some violence and gore.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

Victor Frankenstein (2015)

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I am very surprised by how negative almost all of the other reviews out there are about this movie, sure it’s not Oscar material but 26% on Rotten Tomatoes is WAY too low! Victor Frankenstein has likable characters, good villains, and a way more interesting take on the story than most other versions! James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe as well as Andrew Scott are great in their respective roles. If you enjoy good remakes of old story’s such as Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes then you should definitely try Victor Frankenstein. I wouldn’t recommend kids younger than 12 watch this unless they can handle grotesque images pretty well.

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King Kong (1976)

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King Kong might have been good when it came out but the effects don’t hold up, at all. It’s about a boat going to an unexplored island for petroleum and finding a giant monster resembling a gorilla. The acting isn’t that great (this was Jessica Lange’s first acting role) and half the budget was blown on a giant 40ft robotic gorilla which was used for less than 1 minute of the final film, this resulted in most of the film being a guy in a gorilla suit infront of a screen. I actually did enjoy this movie though not because it was good but because I like old monster movies such as the old Godzilla films. So in the end I wouldn’t recommend this film if you aren’t into monster movies or if you can’t stand bad effects. As for my age recommendation, I believe any age could handle King Kong.

Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Netflix.