In what is likely the most unexpectedly delightful twist on the “Honest Trailers” trend, Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ “Kong: Skull Island” is the latest blockbuster to get the upbraiding it (kinda, not really, but sorta) deserves, complete with commentary from…gasp! Jordan Vogt-Roberts himself!
The “Kings of Summer” and “Kong” director stirred up a bit of trouble earlier this summer when he took to his Twitter account to smack down the latest from the CinemaSins team, which launched an 18-minute review of the film in which they, as is their wont, pointed out every single thing “wrong” with the film. As we reported, Vogt-Roberts sought “explain why he takes issue with this particular site and its vitriolic reviews, which he sees as antithetical to film criticism on the whole as well as to the spirit of cinema.” Was it rant-y? Was it wrong? Nah.
Now Vogt-Roberts has taken his profession to loving the art of film criticism and being his worst critic to new heights, sitting in on his own trailer to give it an “honest” treatment that really doesn’t pull any punches. “You wanna know everything fucking wrong with ‘Kong: Skull Island’? I will fucking tell you!,” the filmmaker announces after he breaks into the already-unspooling trailer, apparently primed to deliver a takedown that even the good folks at Honest Trailers weren’t quite ready for.
The no-holds-barred look at the feature — the latest in the expanding MonsterVerse, starring both Godzilla and King Kong, for now — initially praises it for delivering on the monster madness it promised, before going whole-hog on the whole “but it’s also a parable for Vietnam!” thing. And then Vogt-Roberts shows up, and it’s never the same.
It’s worth it for the “helicopter math” rant alone. Check it out below. It’s massive fun (and probably way too honest).