Let me say right out that this movie needed to be three hours long. It was a grandiose epic on an unparalleled scale. Anything shorter would have felt lackluster...I honestly believe this. I just wish those three hours were a little better distributed.
One of my biggest issues with movies in general is the pacing. The scenes and plot points get too clumped together and I lose the flow. I don't need to spend 45 minutes on one scene if you're gonna skim through 3 others that could have been equally important. While I was moved and impressed by Kong in a number of ways, if was frustrating how disconnected the acts were. They could have taken out an hour of the current movie, add some more (relevant...sorry black guy and kid...didn't need that) character development, maybe a good 20-30 minutes between skull Island and opening night and a little bit more NY rampage time. Something to make the movie flow a little bit better.
That being said, what was presented was spectacular. The Skull Island scenes are as intense as anything I've ever seen and the final Empire State Building stage will go down as one of the most breathtaking movie moments ever. The level of detail they put into 1930's Manhattan from that vantage point was unbelievable. I could probably see my apartment if I looked carefully enough. Jack Black and Naomi Watts were very good, but the guy who played the movie star was the best. And Kong is brilliant. Maybe not today, but soon they're gonna have to figure out how to give CGI creations Academy Awards.
Heart on a Stick has his take on the movie as well...