The film is as overflowing with characters as it is with prehistoric monsters, which keeps things moving at a rapid clip. When their helicopters are initially swatted out of the air by the mountain-sized primate, everyone scatters into different groups — there are the soldiers, lead by Col. Packard (Samuel L. Jackson), who goes dark, fast. Denied a satisfactory culmination to Vietnam, he swears revenge on Kong. The other group is led by the peaceniks, if you will, a British tracker named Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), who preach co-existence over obliteration.
Vogt-Roberts swings for the fences with a bold, bright style, and he leaves everything on the screen. The film is sumptuous and saturated with color, the camera almost never stops moving and visual jokes and puns punctuate the action. The soundtrack is back-to-back ’70s classic rock hits, but he knows when to back away for a few moments of stillness and quiet.