The producers of Godzilla reimagine the origins of one the most powerful monster myths of all in “Kong: Skull Island.” This compelling, original adventure tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong.
What We Thought:
Kong: Skull Island is a fun way to kill 2 hours. It’s a Summer Blockbuster/Popcorn Eating Flick arriving months before the summer and I’m cool with that.
Critics are going to kill it for being an Apocalypse Now rip off. I say, “Who cares?”. Most movies of today are rip offs of previous movies to begin with. Sure the film definitely has the vibe of many Vietnam flicks and there are many scenes that are ones we’ve seen before, but maybe it’s an homage by the director. Or maybe they are just quality shots that make a movie look cool. The shots of the helicopters going through the bad weather and then the shots of them with their rotors almost looking still are cool. As are the panoramic shots of the soldiers going through the jungle and water. They just look good. Get over it.
As for the movie itself, it is a Vietnam era film mixed with a monster movie. Scientists want to explore an island that no one has been to before. They hire a tracker (Tom Hiddleston), a photographer (Brie Larson) and helicopter pilots/soldiers (Samuel L. Jackson and his group) to get them to the island and help figure out its mysteries. Of course it all goes wrong when they start setting off explosives and Kong starts taking down helicopters.
The groups get divided and Hiddleston, Larson and a few others run into John C. Reilly where they discover that Kong may be King, but there are other monsters on the island far more dangerous. Jackson and his soldiers try to get to more explosives to kill Kong and it all ends up as one giant monster fight.
I grew up enjoying monster movies. I’ve seen many different versions of King Kong, Godzilla, Gamera, etc. and overall I tend to enjoy them. I liked the recent Godzilla movie even if he wasn’t in it much. I think fans of the genre and those who liked the recent Godzilla will like this. Kong is impressive and there’s some great action in the film.
That’s what I liked the most, the action sequences were cool. I saw it in 3D unfortunately and don’t recommend it, but I definitely recommend seeing it on the big screen. Kong is big and devastating. Other animals are as well. There’s a fantastic scene with Hiddleston in a gas mask that I wish was longer. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts may be known for TV and indie flicks like The Kings of Summer, but he handled this big blockbuster well and I expect to see more of them from him.
There are some big named actors in this which is surprising for a monster movie. Hiddleston is good as is Larson. You can never go wrong with John Goodman and John C. Reilly is hilarious as always. Sam Jackson pretty much plays himself and it’s funny because of it. If you thought he was out-of-place in last year’s Tarzan, watch this one. He’s pretty much playing Ahab on his own quest to kill the beast.
There’s been a lot of terrible movies out lately and I’m just happy to have some fun from time to time. Kong: Skull Island was fun to me. It’s all I ask for out of movies like this. Make sure to stay AFTER the credits for a post credit scene.
Cast & Crew:
- Tom Hiddleston
- Samuel L. Jackson
- John Goodman
- Brie Larson
- Jing Tian
- Toby Kebbell
- John Ortiz
- Corey Hawkins
- Jason Mitchell
- Shea Whigham
- Thomas Mann
- John C. Reilly
Recommended If You Like:
- King Kong
- Monster Movies