Kong: Skull Island (2017)
During the Vietnam war, a group of scientists locate an island in the South Pacific that hasn’t been explored or charted to date, but with the threat of Soviet encroachment looming, the Americans send a military squad to Skull Island in search of whatever they might find.
3 years ago Godzilla was rebooted with a movie that fans cheered over. Godzilla wasn’t front and center, but when he was on screen, things were awesome and it left us wanting more. Flash forward to now and this time we get a King Kong reboot that doesn’t center on the normal story. There is no New York or Empire State Building. This time around a group of Americans travel to the island, discover it is inhabited by a giant monkey, and find out this monkey is there protecting the indigenous people from the “skull crushers” who are ghoul like lizards with giant beaks that eat people. The military men want to kill Kong for his attacks, but the scientists and explorers know he is good and on their side so they are trying to stop the military from hurting him.
Just like in Godzilla, Kong isn’t on screen that much, but when he is, he makes the most of it. He is fierce yet protective and is a force to be reckon with. This movie is a pure adventure movie with enough comedy to balance the action, but the story here is the key to keeping Kong fresh even though this story is different from the original. Kong Skull Island is a fun ride that allows the audience to still be interested in the story even when Kong isn’t on screen. One of the bigger factors to keep in mind when watching this film, and even more in years to come, is that this might be the start of something bigger. Think of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but surrounding the Kiju monsters of Godzilla, King Kong, Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah. These monsters could be heading to the big screen and this movie could be the catalyst!
At the end of the day, if you liked the new Godzilla reboot than you might like this even more because it is less dark, Kong is on screen more, and it is more about adventure than suspense. This movie is just fun and something to ooo and awe over. I highly recommend this and would say to shy away if you are wanting something close to the original story, because that isn’t here. Big thumbs up! Starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Tian Jing, Thomas Mann, Shea Whigham, Jason Mitchell, and Richard Jenkins.
9/10 Stars – Normally I would give this an 8 stand alone, but the anticipation of more greatness coming from this fast, fun, adventure series has me excited! This might be the Iron Man to the Kong-zilla universe!