UltramanGoji wrote:Mononoke was one of the inspirations for Skull Island's environment IIRC.
It's a shame Princess Mononoke only inspired the environment/creatures, because I just watched Mononoke this weekend and I think Skull Island could have been a much better movie if it had even half of its artful taste.
Yeah yeah, I know, most people are satisfied with monsters and explosions and guys slicing up pterodactyls with swords, and this is something I understand even though I'm not interested in those things by themselves. The problem I have with Kong isn't that it's a mindless action movie, it's that it's a mindless action movie that pretends to be thoughtful and relevant. I dislike movies that try to look bigger than they actually are.
Much like Mononoke, Kong is a somewhat gritty action-adventure fantasy film that deals with issues of war, vengeance, peace and understanding, and huge monsters representing nature that human beings have a complicated relationship with. Unlike Mononoke, I think Kong mostly exists to excite moviegoers with entertaining violence, sprinkled with pretentious morals that are immediately undermined by the nature of the film.
I think even the violence in Mononoke is more effective than the violence in Kong. While watching Kong I could enjoy maybe a couple moments where a monster does something really frightening, like the bamboo spider crossing through the forest and unexpectedly spearing a man through the throat, but I found very few of those scenes to be either compelling or thrilling. It felt to me like the writers just wanted to kill people in many different ways.
But with Mononoke, I feel as though every violent moment and every thrilling action scene was tastefully designed, like an arrow that was perfectly built, perfectly aimed, and perfectly fired to carry the movie forward and hit its mark. Even the subtle dark humor of its violence spoke a lot more, to me at least, such as the scenes when Ashitaka decapitates a few samurai with so much ease that both he and his enemies are utterly amazed, baffled, and horrified. I feel a sense of swiftly moving forward, and trying to reach a goal, while also keeping in mind the humanity of its characters, in all the action scenes and violence of Mononoke.
I apologize to anyone who might think I'm annoying for talking so much. I understand that Kong is a well-liked movie and that I'm being too harsh against it. All I want to do is share my thoughts, not tell people what they can or cannot like.