Kong: Skull Island
Year:
2017
Country:
USA, Australia, Canada, China
Genre:
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
IMDB rating:
6.8
Director:
Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Samuel L. Jackson as Preston Packard
Corey Hawkins as Houston Brooks
Will Brittain as Young Marlow / Marlow's Son
Marc Evan Jackson as Landsat Steve
Thomas Mann as Slivko
Tom Hiddleston as James Conrad
Brie Larson as Mason Weaver
Toby Kebbell as Jack Chapman / Kong
John Ortiz as Victor Nieves
John C. Reilly as Hank Marlow
Shea Whigham as Cole
John Goodman as Bill Randa
Storyline: A washed up monster chaser convinces the U.S. Government to fund a trip to an unexplored island in the South Pacific. Under the guise of geological research, the team travels to "Skull Island". Upon arrival, the group discover that their mission may be complicated by the wildlife which inhabits the island. The beautiful vistas and deadly creatures create a visually stunning experience that is sure to keep your attention.
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Reviews
A Better Than Expected Adventure
The legendary King Kong returns in an all new adventure that gives the classic tale a much needed update and new setting. Unlike Perter Jackson's retelling of the original Black and White film, "Kong: Skull Island" eschews the old for the new and in doing so breathes a much needed new life and vitality into the franchise.

The film is set in 1973 when William Randa (John Goodman), informs the government that they have detected a previously unknown island and need to investigate it before the Soviets learn of it and beat them to whatever the island my hold.

William recruits a team which includes a former British officer named James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), and Photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), to assist his team lead by Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins), in mapping the island.

William also asks for a military escort and the government enlists Lt. Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson), and his team to accompany the mission. Packard is trying to find his place in the world as he and his helicopter combat team are dealing with the recent end of the Vietnam War. His men are looking forward to going home and resuming their lives, but a dour Packard jumps at the chance for another mission over the uncertainty of the future.

Upon arriving on the mysterious island and starting their survey mission by using seismic charges, the team attract the attention of Kong who is not at all pleased with the intrusion on his island. Kong makes short work of the copters and the team finds themselves scattered about the dangerous island. They soon learn that Kong is not the only danger on the island and must find a way to rejoin each other and make it to their extraction point alive.

Naturally some of the characters have a hidden agenda and there are dangerous and action around every corner. Further complicating matters is the appearance of Marlow (John C. Reilly), a downed WWII pilot who has been stranded on the island for 23 years and warns of dangers far greater than Kong that are ahead of the team.

The film combines a solid cast with state of the art special effects to take a new twist on the standard adventure fare. While many parts of the film remain silly Popcorn entertainment, the quality of the assembled cast allows the film to move beyond being just an assembly of potential victims for a menagerie of CGI creatures to dispatch. While the story is more in lines with the linear and thin plots of adventure films of old, the sum of the parts does add up to an enjoyable film experience for those who like the giant creature films. You will want to make sure to stay after the credits as there is a very good scene that shows a setup for a future film that had those in attendance at our press screening cheering.

The film may be a bit intense for younger viewers but if you are looking for a touch of nostalgia and action, you may find the film just what you need.

3.5 stars out of 5.
2017-03-08
Why?
I believe this is the 4th iteration of King Kong and none of the remakes hold candle to the original, this one is no exception.

It is rare for a remake to improve on a classic, when will these writers, producers, and directors learn.

And as if the story isn't bad enough, they have to compound the problem with their environmental and social justice commentary.

Find something else to watch, like maybe the original.
2017-11-26
Went with no expectations. Very pleased. STAY TO THE END!
I came to watch another movie and ended up in the Kong theater. The previews I had seen before looked promising; however, I have never liked Kong movies before. This one was very different. I liked the changes and all the surprises in this version, taking place in 1973 after the Vietnam War. Some parts of the film were very intense and violent and parts were sprinkled with welcome humor, mostly because of the character of Hank Marlow, played by John C Reilly. I recommend this movie for adult viewing. The acting, writing, directing, filming, sets and cgi/special effects were all top notch. If you haven't seen the movie yet I have 2 recommendations for you. Watch all the way past the credits for the surprise ending AND keep your eye on the actor Toby Kebbell, who until now I thought just played the part of the soldier, Jack Chapman. I can't say any more without ruining this review with spoilers. Go see the movie.
2017-03-09
A 7/10 film that revels in being a 7/10 film. However, I give it an 8.
I saw this film on the same day as Logan, and while that film was great it didn't leave as much of an impression on me as it seems to have done for other people.

Kong Skull Island - however - gets me excited thinking about it.

Let me clarify. For me there's nothing better than a film that knowingly commits to genre schlock and style. Something which Skull Island does in spades. The film wastes very little time getting to the action, which puts many people off this take but for me was an enormous breath of fresh air. We all know what King Kong looks like, we all know his M.O and we all know how these films go: first a foot, then a hand, then a glimpse here and there before there's a big scene with some screaming woman tied to a post before the monster can be seen in all its glory. Not here. Here we get straight to it, and I appreciate the film for not taking us down the same old path.

This film belongs to a new wave of film-making which is using pulp and new technology to carve its own film language. The influences here don't come from the oft dug classic directors and films - the influence here is pop-culture, pulp and anime. It sounds like a recipe for the most juvenile and dumb crap ever - but in choosing which elements to lift from each of these carefully, the film manages to create something really interesting. There's spots here of 50's B sci-fi, Vietnam movies and studio Ghibli films and it creates a very textured and rich set of visual moments.

On that note, this is a very visual and visceral film. The characters are pretty stock here - though enjoyable enough to watch, especially John C Reilly and Samuel L Jackson, who chew through the jungle with aplomb - their motivations are about as straightforward as you can get. The majority of the cast just want to get off the island except for Jackson, who wants to blow the hell out of a giant monkey and then get off the island (largely because he's salty about the U.S pulling out of 'Nam and wants to have a victory).

The straightforward narrative is pretty perfect for this sort of film, as there's nothing worse than a B-movie trying and failing to do complex character motivation (well there is, a serious film trying and failing, because then you don't even have the popcorn factor to fall back on). The objectives are all clear and nothing gets in the way of the action.

Which is amazing. Everything you want from this sort of creature feature is here. Giant spiders, weird dinosaurs giant octopuses all make an appearance and are combated in a variety of crazy and inventive ways. If you don't get a little quiver of excitement as Kong smashes a snake monster with a rusty anchor from a shipwreck then you are not wired for this sort of film.

Anyway, it's great fun
2017-11-01
Creatures galore
You get a lot for your buck here - not just King Kong but a whole bunch of giant animals and insects. And the effects are good so the fighting between the animals is quite something. It's also quite a violent movie with a pretty high body count - feels like a Vietnam War movie. The filming was in fact in Vietnam and Hawaii and it's quite beautiful and exotic.

Brie Larson is good for this role not annoying and believable. Tom Hiddleston is miscast - like some Engish gentleman on a hunt. Out of place. Samuel is a good match as Kong's adversary. And John C Reilly is good in this role for a change. There is a sense of adventure and a variety of scenarios and creatures that sets it apart from another Jurassic style adventure.
2017-10-06
Disappointed by this highly anticipated film.
The film was just alright as it never blew me away nor left me wanting to leave the theater. John C. Reilly had some pretty good moments, and both him and Samuel L. Jackson stole the show when it came to any sort of character development, but isn't that wrong that I care more about the human characters than Kong himself? None of the cast is even remotely important, and like I said above, most (if not all) the characters were used as expendable exposition. Sure the end came with some awesome fight scenes and decent art style, but what is a movie named Kong without the King himself having a bigger role than the expendable humans? In the end I decided to give Kong: Skull Island an "Alright" on theVade Review Bar or a 5 out of 10. Yes, I was disappointed by this highly anticipated film, but the creative team should feel even worse when the best part of this film was a post credit scene dedicated to the cooler older brother in the newly extended monsterverse.

Read more at theVade.
2017-07-11
fun monster movie
I grew up watching classic monster movies at my Great Grandma's place - Wolfman, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob, etc. This movie made me feel the enjoyment of discovering those movies again.

I liked the fact that the movie was chronological, and made it very obvious when it changed time or place. I hate flashbacks, and am happy to be able to say that this movie did not make use of them. Thankfully, it also did not make use of the "shaky camera footage" that a lot of movies are using these days.

Some big monster movies also tend to be kind of slow at the beginning, and hide the "main character" until towards the end of the movie. Not so with this - Kong makes his appearance right at the beginning. The movie also doesn't really bog down anywhere. On the other hand, there are plenty of movies that scream "eye candy" - where it seems quite obvious that there is not much of a plot, so they are just throwing things around to distract you. While the focus of this movie is definitely on the giant monster battles, it is done very well.

Both my wife and I give this film an A+ - it's a nicely done foundation for the upcoming Kong vs Godzilla film.
2017-03-11
Disappointing
The movie felt so uninspired. Compared to other Kong films, he had zero personality in this film. Other than being huge, Kong actually seemed bored. The 2005 film, of which I was not that crazy about, at least it made Kong feel alive and interesting...

This storyline was very minimal. Other than the old WW II pilot, everyone seemed rigid or stereotyped . And none of them actually showed much awe with what they have encountered. Like one pilot almost joked, " is that a big monkey ?" Really ?

They seemed so hung up on CGI that they overlook creating a good story. King Kong vs Godzilla won't have one either, I'm sure of that now. Shame..
2017-09-16
I walked out after an hour
Samuel L. Jackson's character ruined this movie. I found the plot and theme to be very interesting, but so much of this movie (that I saw...walked out right after the two parties met up and decided to go look for the airman that was already dead)was just wrong. Flying helicopters, in close formation, through a hurricane so severe no ship can survive it? Ludicrous. Attacking a 300 ft. gorilla the 1st time you see it, without even considering pulling back and assessing the threat, and losing all of your helicopters in the process? Even more ludicrous. The determination, by Jackson's character, that he's going to avenge his fallen airmen and kill Kong? Just plain asinine. This seems like a dig on the military as a bunch of crazed killers, whose first instinct is to shoot and keep shooting until something, seemingly anything, is killed. Rational, thinking people don't do this. A few changes would've allowed this movie to be a wonderful adventure.

Take Jackson's role out of this movie and it might be a classic. As it is, I wouldn't rent it from Redbox. Very disappointed in this film.
2017-03-20
Not bad, What Were You Expecting?
Everyone always starts, I have seen a lot of bad reviews.......and so with Kong some song, but wait.....What Were You Expecting? I liked all the giant creatures, at a moments notice you could be eaten alive or squashed like a grape, man is no longer the top of the food chain and that is scary to me. This movie would have scared me as a child, you may say a child should not see this until a certain age but my mother took me to see Jaws when I was only 4 and we live very close to the Gulf of Mexico and warm shark water and I still do not go in water I can not see the bottom. OK, back to Kong, really not that bad, some parts were just as good as any Jurassic Park movie, if you like those movies with huge CGI monsters than this will be your cup of tea. I like the fact that they still stuck with the idea that Kong is a good guy and only bad men want to kill me. If you are still a child at heart, not a bad rent at all. 7/10
2017-08-01
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