Kong: Skull Island

Posted on May 19, 2019

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Plot:

Kong - Skull Island

Kong – Skull Island

A team of scientists and soldiers during the Vietnam War are sent to the mysterious Skull Island under the pretence of a geological survey. What they find there is far more dangerous than they ever dreamed of…

Review:

First up, this is not a follow up to the original King Kong story nor the Peter Jackson remake. It is more of a new direction and keeps the action firmly set on Skull Island.

It is part Apocalypse Now, even using a lot of imagery from the film, also part monster movie with a lot of morality thrown in on the lines between good and evil and the morality of war itself. At one point Samuel L. Jackson’s character asks the photo journalist who is more dangerous? The man who kills with his gun or the photographs that show the reality of war (or not as can be the case)? His character also blurs the lines in killing Kong, the protector of the local tribe there and the killer of his men, who he wants revenge for. There is also the madness of war and what it does to the mind.

Then there is the question as to us and what we do to nature if we want something from it? Usually we destroy without a thought for the after-effects of the damage caused.

As for the story itself, the film rattles on at a fast pace, not really letting up for a breather. It has lots of interesting monsters that are different from the original and the brilliant Peter Jackson remake.

Personally I liked it, even though I went in with trepidation at what it may be like. I was dreading it was going to be like the seventies King Kong that was absolutely awful. The cinematography is quite beautiful in places and feels very ‘arty’ at times.

Samuel L. Jackson’s character is the usual gun-ho American who wants to shoot everything in sight, whilst Hiddleston’s is an ex-British special forces adventurer with a sharp mind and a heart to match.

As for Kong himself, he steals the show as always and will probably be in another sequel if one happens to be made, rumoured to be in 2020?

Watch it right to the end of the credits for an extra scene which sets it up for a whole franchise of monster films set all over the world…

Give it a go, munch on the popcorn and enjoy it for what it is.

Enjoy!

Director:

Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Screenplay:

Dan Gilroy
Max Borenstein
Derek Connolly

Story:

John Gatins

Cast:

Tom Hiddleston
Samuel L. Jackson
John Goodman
Brie Larson
Jing Tian
Toby Kebbell
John Ortiz
Corey Hawkins
Jason Mitchell
Shea Whigham
Thomas Mann
Terry Notary
John C. Reilly