Solid 'remake' of the original King Kong that manages to find new wrinkles while working into the new Godzilla universe. The cast is solid across the board, with Hiddleston making a nice action (along with a contender for the next Bond) while Samuel L. Jackson gives one of his better performances as a Vietnam veteran driven to the edge. The scene-stealer, though, is John C. Reilly, as a WWII pilot long marooned on the island, providing much of the film's pathos and comic relief. Behind the camera, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts makes a 'loose' adaptation of the original, this time setting it at the end of the Vietnam War while not making Brie Larson's Mason a damsel in distress. The real stars are the creatures of Skull Island, not just Kong (who is a marvel) but also the others, reminding you of the variety of the original movie. It also works in the horrors of war but a bit heavy handed at times. Overall, a solid entry in the Kong franchise and a nice addition to the larger Godzilla universe.