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** In spite of the InternetBackdraft found on the Chinese portion of the internet (listed below), the film was enormously popular in China as well. By the time the movie ended its run over there, the movie's box office total just about matched what the film made in the United States, which is something that's pretty unheard of.

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** In spite of the InternetBackdraft found on the Chinese portion of the internet (listed below), the The film was enormously popular in China as well. By the time the movie ended its run over there, the movie's box office total just about matched what the film made in the United States, which is something that's pretty unheard of.



* InternetBackdraft: Jing Tian's character, San Lin, caused significant backlash on the Chinese internet in spite of having a small role and being largely undiscussed on the English internet, triggering a [[http://www.theworldofchinese.com/2017/03/chinas-most-hated-actress/ one-star review brigade]] on China's most popular movie site all by herself. The situation is influenced by several factors: Legendary Pictures being bought out by Chinese Wanda Group, Jing Tian being cast in three of Legendary's films, and her previous performance in ''Film/TheGreatWall'', one of the three films. Jing Tian's performance was never looked fondly upon by Chinese moviegoers, and her being cast in three Hollywood films raised suspicions. When ''Kong: Skull Island'' was released and people saw how small her role is, Chinese moviegoers immediately came to the conclusion that the character was shoehorned in by ExecutiveMeddling, and said executives are the Wanda Group and other political connections Jing Tian had who wanted to push her star status despite her not having the skills to be worth so. This made Jing Tian a widely mocked target on the Chinese internet, and is in part a vent for a greater concern regarding capital and political meddling in artistic medias and how they dragged down the quality of the nation's media as a whole.



* TheScrappy: San, Jing Tian's character. Between the fact that she is [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter a wasted character]] personified, the InternetBackdraft in China to her casting, and the fact that Americans feel that she was shoehorned in to appeal to Chinese audiences meant that moviegoers in most regions had plenty of reason to dislike her.

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* TheScrappy: San, Jing Tian's character. Between the fact that she is [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter a wasted character]] personified, the InternetBackdraft backdraft in China to her casting, and the fact that Americans feel that she was shoehorned in to appeal to Chinese audiences meant that moviegoers in most regions had plenty of reason to dislike her.


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Lieutenant Colonel Packard is clearly AFatherToHisMen who has inspired a great deal of personal loyalty from his troopers, something that doesn't just automatically come with rank. His introduction has him staring at all of his medals (which is [[ChestOfMedals quite a few, all of them valor awards]]) and talking to Major Chapman about his son, reflecting on everything he and his men have sacrificed over multiple tours in Vietnam. With politicians (who had already micromanaged the war effort) choosing to end American involvement based on public opinion turning against it (which was due in no small part to unfavorable[[note]][[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Accusations of bias, whether justified or not, are frequent in this discussion]], and Packard explicitly accuses Weaver, who doesn't actually deny it--though it could just be that she doesn't believe it, of being part of it[[/note]] media coverage), he feels that [[WarIsHell everything they've done, and all the men that he's lost]], is now [[AllForNothing meaningless]]. Right or wrong, this opinion is shared by many Vietnam veterans, especially [[HarsherInHindsight in light of South Vietnam being overrun by the North less than three years later]]. Having his unit, on what is supposed to be a low-risk joyride of a mission ''on their way home'', suddenly ambushed and slaughtered by a [[KillerGorilla 100-foot-tall ape monster]] that the expedition's politically-connected leader not only knew about but ''deliberately didn't tell them'', is practically guaranteed to send him over the edge.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Lieutenant Colonel Packard is clearly AFatherToHisMen who has inspired a great deal of personal loyalty from his troopers, something that doesn't just automatically come with rank. His introduction has him staring at all of his medals (which is [[ChestOfMedals quite a few, all of them valor awards]]) and talking to Major Chapman about his son, reflecting on everything he and his men have sacrificed over multiple tours in Vietnam. With politicians (who had already micromanaged the war effort) choosing to end American involvement based on public opinion turning against it (which was due in no small part to unfavorable[[note]][[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Accusations of bias, whether justified or not, are frequent in this discussion]], and Packard explicitly accuses Weaver, who doesn't actually deny it--though it could just be that she doesn't believe it, of being part of it[[/note]] media coverage), he feels that [[WarIsHell everything they've done, and all the men that he's lost]], is now [[AllForNothing meaningless]]. Right or wrong, [[TruthInTelevision this opinion is shared by many Vietnam veterans, veterans]], especially [[HarsherInHindsight in light of South Vietnam being overrun by the North less than three years later]]. Having his unit, on what is supposed to be a low-risk joyride of a mission ''on their way home'', suddenly ambushed and slaughtered by a [[KillerGorilla 100-foot-tall ape monster]] that the expedition's politically-connected leader not only knew about but ''deliberately didn't tell them'', is practically guaranteed to send him over the edge.

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** Conrad running in slow motion, slicing pterodactyls in half mid-flight with a ''sword''.


* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Diegetic example, When Packard leads his men to pick up the munitions to fight Kong, the downed Helicopters music system is still going, albeit broken and wonky sounding, as the camera lingers on Packard with a clear SanitySlippage look on his face.


* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter:TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: A common criticism of the film is that while there are many characters with likable personalities and played by talented actors, most of them lack depth and interesting backstories.



** As [[https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/720675/my-kong-skull-island-review this review points out]], Weaver suffers no PTSD despite her experiences in Vietnam. [[https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/12/overexposed-a-photographers-war-with-ptsd/266468/ War photographers have been known to suffer PTSD in real-life]] so it would have been interesting to see Weaver dealing with it probably via nightmares, especially given the amount of crap she and the others go through in the movie and would've explained why she's antagonistic to Packard and probably would result in her overcoming it to help her friends. Instead, not much is done with her and her trauma's only implied or reduced to "War is bad". Shame especially given she's played by Creator/BrieLarson.

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** As [[https://www.fimfiction.net/blog/720675/my-kong-skull-island-review this review points out]], Weaver suffers no PTSD despite her experiences in Vietnam. [[https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/12/overexposed-a-photographers-war-with-ptsd/266468/ War photographers have been known to suffer PTSD in real-life]] so it would have been interesting to see Weaver dealing with it probably via nightmares, especially given the amount of crap she and the others go through in the movie and would've explained why she's antagonistic to Packard and probably would result in her overcoming it to help her friends. Instead, not much is done with her and her trauma's only implied or reduced to "War is bad". Interestingly, writer Dan Gilroy originally scripted some scenes revealing how Weaver became worn down and world-weary only to be reinvigorated by meeting Kong. Shame especially given she's played by Creator/BrieLarson.

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** For some, the fact that the film isn't yet another remake of the original, but a new story featuring Kong himself, even if it is a ContinuityReboot.


* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Diegetic example, When Packard leads his men to pick up the munitions to fight Kong, the downed Helicopters music system is still going, ableit broken and wonky sounding, as the camera lingers on Packard with a clear SanitySlippage look on his face.

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* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Diegetic example, When Packard leads his men to pick up the munitions to fight Kong, the downed Helicopters music system is still going, ableit albeit broken and wonky sounding, as the camera lingers on Packard with a clear SanitySlippage look on his face.

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* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: Diegetic example, When Packard leads his men to pick up the munitions to fight Kong, the downed Helicopters music system is still going, ableit broken and wonky sounding, as the camera lingers on Packard with a clear SanitySlippage look on his face.


* StrawmanHasAPoint: Packard's desire to kill Kong for slaughtering his men. Especially stark in the argument where it's argued that Kong didn't kill the man they were looking for, while holding up his dogtags... and Packard holds up the ''much larger'' bundle of dogtags of the men Kong killed. Apparently the filmmakers realized this, and attempted an AuthorsSavingThrow... by having Packard suffer SanitySlippage and eventually essentially just stand there and let himself be killed by Kong in the middle of a completely unhinged vow of vengeance.


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Lieutenant Colonel Packard is clearly AFatherToHisMen who has inspired a great deal of personal loyalty from his troopers, something that doesn't just automatically come with rank. His introduction has him staring at all of his medals (which is [[ChestOfMedals quite a few, all of them valor awards]]) and talking to Major Chapman about his son, reflecting on everything he and his men have sacrificed over multiple tours in Vietnam. With politicians (who had already micromanaged the war effort) choosing to end American involvement based on public opinion turning against it (which was due in no small part to unfavorable[[note]][[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Accusations of bias, whether justified or not, are frequent in this discussion]], and Packard explicitly accuses Weaver, who doesn't actually deny it--though it could just be that she doesn't believe it, of being part of it[[/note]] media coverage), he feels that [[WarIsHell everything they've done, and all the men that he's lost]], is now [[AllForNothing meaningless]]. Right or wrong, this opinion is shared by many Vietnam veterans, especially [[HarsherInHindsight in light of South Vietnam being overrun by the North less than three years later]]. Having his unit, on what is supposed to be a low-risk joyride of a mission ''on their way home'', suddenly ambushed and slaughtered by a [[KillerGorilla 100-foot-tall ape monster]] that the expedition's politically-connected leader not only knew about but ''deliberately didn't tell them'', is practically guaranteed to send him over the edge.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Lieutenant Colonel Packard is clearly AFatherToHisMen who has inspired a great deal of personal loyalty from his troopers, something that doesn't just automatically come with rank. His introduction has him staring at all of his medals (which is [[ChestOfMedals quite a few, all of them valor awards]]) and talking to Major Chapman about his son, reflecting on everything he and his men have sacrificed over multiple tours in Vietnam. With politicians (who had already micromanaged the war effort) choosing to end American involvement based on public opinion turning against it (which was due in no small part to unfavorable[[note]][[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment unfavorable[[note]][[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment Accusations of bias, whether justified or not, are frequent in this discussion]], and Packard explicitly accuses Weaver, who doesn't actually deny it--though it could just be that she doesn't believe it, of being part of it[[/note]] media coverage), he feels that [[WarIsHell everything they've done, and all the men that he's lost]], is now [[AllForNothing meaningless]]. Right or wrong, this opinion is shared by many Vietnam veterans, especially [[HarsherInHindsight in light of South Vietnam being overrun by the North less than three years later]]. Having his unit, on what is supposed to be a low-risk joyride of a mission ''on their way home'', suddenly ambushed and slaughtered by a [[KillerGorilla 100-foot-tall ape monster]] that the expedition's politically-connected leader not only knew about but ''deliberately didn't tell them'', is practically guaranteed to send him over the edge.


** [[https://ru-noe.tumblr.com/post/153713589110/king-kong-grrrrr-fury-go-captain-marvel A fan artist]] made the observation that ''Skull Island'' has [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Nick Fury]] meeting [[Creator/BrieLarson Carol Danvers]] ahead of ''Film/CaptainMarvel''.

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** [[https://ru-noe.tumblr.com/post/153713589110/king-kong-grrrrr-fury-go-captain-marvel A fan artist]] made the observation that ''Skull Island'' has [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Nick Fury]] meeting [[Creator/BrieLarson Carol Danvers]] ahead of ''Film/CaptainMarvel''.''Film/{{Captain Marvel|2019}}''.



*** [[spoiler: Even better, despite being antagonistic towards Creator/BrieLarson throughout ''Skull Island'', at the end of ''Infinity War'', [[Film/CaptainMarvel he's basically begging for her help.]] ]]

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*** [[spoiler: Even better, despite being antagonistic towards Creator/BrieLarson throughout ''Skull Island'', at the end of ''Infinity War'', [[Film/CaptainMarvel [[Film/CaptainMarvel2019 he's basically begging for her help.]] ]]


** Meta Example- It's said that the reason Warner Bros. distributed this film instead of Universal is because Universal were not fans of a shared universe between Kong and Godzilla and believed the film [[ItWillNeverCatchOn would fail]] because of it. Yet Universal started and [[ThisIsGoingToBeHuge overhyped]] another monster shared universe known as the "Film/DarkUniverse," starting with ''Film/TheMummy2017'' reboot; not only that, but ''Film/TheMummy2017'' was a critical and commercial flop that is already endangering the "Film/DarkUniverse."

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** Meta Example- It's said that the reason Warner Bros. distributed this film instead of Universal is because Universal were not fans of a shared universe between Kong and Godzilla and believed the film [[ItWillNeverCatchOn would fail]] because of it. Yet Universal started and [[ThisIsGoingToBeHuge overhyped]] another monster shared universe known as the "Film/DarkUniverse," starting with ''Film/TheMummy2017'' reboot; not only that, but ''Film/TheMummy2017'' was such a critical and commercial flop that is already endangering it [[StillbornFranchise killed]] the "Film/DarkUniverse."


** Conrad. Outside of his missing father, much of his tragic backstory was glossed over in the film and relegated to the novelization. Most notably, the novel revealed how Conrad became disillusioned with himself after a botched mission in Malaysia led to the death of his men and the hostage he had to rescue. Had this subplot been in the film, it would've given him a more compelling character arc of regaining his faith in humanity after meeting Kong and Marlow.

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** Conrad. Outside of his missing father, much of his tragic backstory was glossed over in the film and [[AllInTheManual relegated to the novelization. novelization]]. Most notably, the novel revealed how Conrad became a disillusioned with himself cynic after a botched mission in Malaysia that led to the death of the SAS soldiers under his men and the hostage he had to rescue.command. Had this subplot been in the film, it would've given him a more compelling character arc of regaining his faith in humanity after meeting Kong and Marlow.


* {{Narm}}: Some of the film's {{Contrived Coincidence}}s break the willing suspension of disbelief at best, and are laughably absurd at worst. [[spoiler:Probably the most glaring example is the Skullcrawler just happening to cough up Chapman's skull right in front of Conrad. Already pretty ridiculous, but the fact that the skull somehow had Chapman's dogtags wrapped around it?]] Hilariously absurd.
** The design of the Skullcrawlers themselves. With their arms too long, their tails too short and skinny, and their heads disproportionately big, they look less like the "snake-lizard hybrids" they were described as in promotional material, and more like awkward, unbalanced dinosaurs that just look physically clumsy. More than a few people have compared them to the monkeys from ''ViddeoGame/TempleRun''.

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Some of the film's {{Contrived Coincidence}}s break the willing suspension of disbelief at best, and are laughably absurd at worst. [[spoiler:Probably the most glaring example is the Skullcrawler just happening to cough up Chapman's skull right in front of Conrad. Already pretty ridiculous, but the fact that the skull somehow had Chapman's dogtags wrapped around it?]] Hilariously absurd.
** The design of the Skullcrawlers themselves. With their arms too long, their tails too short and skinny, and their heads disproportionately big, they look less like the "snake-lizard hybrids" they were described as in promotional material, and more like awkward, unbalanced dinosaurs that just look physically clumsy. More than a few people have compared them to the monkeys from ''ViddeoGame/TempleRun''.''VideoGame/TempleRun''.

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** Conrad. Outside of his missing father, much of his tragic backstory was glossed over in the film and relegated to the novelization. Most notably, the novel revealed how Conrad became disillusioned with himself after a botched mission in Malaysia led to the death of his men and the hostage he had to rescue. Had this subplot been in the film, it would've given him a more compelling character arc of regaining his faith in humanity after meeting Kong and Marlow.

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