Kong: Skull Island

Kong Skull Island movie posterKong: Skull Island (2017)
Directed by:
Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Starring: 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.
Rating: four stars

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This is the umpteenth reboot in one of the most famous move franchises of all time. Kong: Skull Island had a lot to live up to.

It starts in World War 2 with two pilots from Japan and USA crash-landing on Skull Island. The two are in it for the win and are fighting to the death near a cliff when Kong rises from the canyon below and ends their petty squabbles.

Three decades later, Bill Randa gets approval to send an expedition to Skull Island. For his trip he recruits former British Pilot and now tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and they are provided with a military escort led by Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson). The expedition includes a photographer, Mason Weaver, to take evidence of what they find.

The island generates a perennial storm which is what has kept it hidden for so long, but Conrad’s men manage to fly over it. Once over the island, they began to drop bombs which they were told will create seismological waves that will be analyzed. The charges, however, reveal more than they had bargained for.

Despite having a lot to live up to, the movie did not disappoint. The visual of Kong is unforgettable. You see Kong and you understand the meaning of Alpha Male. He powers through everything else in the island, and only the strongest can even think of taking him on. The plot is plausible, but there’s definitely a point where you might get the feeling that it’s a bit unrealistic, even with the imaginary rules of the Kong movie universe.

The acting is great. I’m still not sure if this movie had a lead because it seemed like every one of them was doing a bit here and there to bring this movie to life.

Conclusion: It’s one of the better movies of the year and, with promises of a sequel, you’d rather start now than play catch up some time later.

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