Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Probably weird to say this, but I end up more admiring than enjoying this film (although I still enjoy it quite a bit). If only more mindless summer blockbusters are able to apply efficiency and excess where each is appropriate like this, last year's summer would be a hell lot better. It embraces in being a brash, snappy, and spectacularly colorful wild ride wholly, right from the characters introduction. That section would normally be lumbering in recent blockbusters, but the film paints most of the characters and their first encounters to the island in giddily broad, quick, and fun strokes, realizing that we are not here for them; performances and direction can fill in the blank by themselves.
Indeed, there are two characters pretty unnecessary because they still hew to the boring tradition of hero/heroine in Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson (especially their main character beats: him a long-winded backstory; her a bleeding heart against the war and the injured, which results in a pretty stupid giant buffalo moment) instead of being nutty and unhinged like everything else. The film is certainly messy and there are times when it pushes so much at full speed that it drags more nearer to the end, but it's one of the few times where the studio excess of giving the audience more and (obscenely) more of what they come for largely pays off for me: big monsters appear and clash spectacularly in regular intervals, with humans efficiently moving things along and providing comparative scale. 7/10