I agree the non-Kong elements are no great shakes in this, and I rate them on par with the neccessarry actors/ live-action set-ups in Harryhausen movies: a sort of low-key 'evil' we have to put up with while waiting to see Kong and the other attractions.

This movie is just a post-modern spin on the old Harryhausen/ Scneer approach of minting such material, as I see it.

I do not mind it though: the original story has been done often enough, it was time for a new direction.

Yes it could have been better--like most movies------- but at least they tried a different approach.

'the horror..............THE HORROR!'

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