Well I remember being there for 2005. I was so hyped and was going to kongisking.net every day for news. Heck! I watched the trailer for the trailer!
When I finally watched it and when I finally cooled down... I liked it but I do acknowledge it could have been better.
1) Get to the island faster! As much as I liked seeing more about the various human characters, you could have easily taken out much of their early scenes and it wouldn't have hurt the movie. For example, you cut out the vaudeville scenes with Anne and cut out the scenes where she's looking to get a job for a Driscoll play.
Instead, her first shot is in front of a burlesque theater/strip club and it looks like she's going to go in. She then looks at the paper in her hand (it has so-and-so's name) before tearing it up and walking away. With that, we know she's poor, desperate and she's a good girl unwilling to compromise her moral principles. All this without all the earlier scenes.
2) Less is more. I'm old enough to remember pre-CGI movies when film makers had to make every special effects scene count and couldn't rely on spectacle. To many modern movie makers take the easy way out and just overload it with CG. For example, I cried at the end of Captain America: First Avenger due to the storytelling but I was bored with all the explosions of Winter Soldier.
So have the dinosaur/monster scenes on Skull Island be less about how many things you can have on the screen at once and more about having each creature used to the utmost.
In Jurassic Park I, the dinosaurs had their own personalities--so to say--and each one was memorable. The murderous raptors, Tyrannosaurus as king of the dinosaurs, the poor triceratops, the gentle and majestic brachiosaurs.
Well those are my two cents. Let this conversation continue!Edit.
I just found out that Kong 76... has the voice of a T-Rex!
Compare Kong 76 sound effects...
to the Rex from "The Land Unknown."
And Land Unknown is a Universal