Kong: Skull Island
Release year: 2017
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Screenwriter: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly, John Gatins
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Tian Jing
Ratings: 1 Oscar nominations: Best Visual Effects.
A team of soldiers accompany a group of scientists on a trip to explore a mysterious island in the South Pacific. But the leader of the teams hasn’t told everything he knows about the island, and when the noisy helicopters arrive, the people on board about to meet the one who rules on this island.
Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer, 2013) continues where Peter Jackson’s reboot of the King Kong saga left of (King Kong, 2005). Considering how few feature films the director had under his belt and how far from fantasy his other works are, it is quite a accomplishment of him to land this major blockbuster. Like the first King Kong, Skull Island has quite an ensemble cast led by the always brilliant Hiddleston (The Avengers, 2012) and a usual intense Jackson (The Hateful Eight, 2015). Larson (Room, 2015) is a freah breath of air as the female star, the talented young woman providing far more than just good looks and it is hard not to shout out in glee when Reilly (Chicago, 2002) enters the picture. But we all know who the star of the picture is and there is nothing to put your finger on when it comes to the quality of the biggest star (literally) of the movie. The impressive creature is created with well-deserved Oscar nominated special effects and appears both frightening and appealing. The entrance of the solider, the huge orange sun, the ruthless heat. Skull Island leads so many thoughts to Apocalypse Now (1979) that it seems no coincidence that there are characters named both Conrad and Marlowe. As the movie takes place in the time of the Vietnam War it makes so much sense and the collaboration of Vietnam War and Kong is suitable and well-working. It is hard to feel the great cast isn’t slightly underused, as the great number of stars makes it difficult to give them the time to shine they deserve but the movie delivers plenty on the action part, with astonishing shots, like when we get the first glimpse of Kong from the view of a crashing helicopter. It is fast, crazy and pulls you right into the action. It is a more than worthy sequel to the first of these new King Kong movies and leaves high expectations for the next.
The reason Kong is larger than any of his other incarnations is due to the fact that with the upcoming green lit King of the Monsters (aka Kong vs Godzilla), Kong would’ve been too small to fight Godzilla at his more traditional size. This is also why they included the line in the movie that “he’s still growing”.
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