I’m pleased to say, against my expectation, Kong: Skull Island gets a big, fat HOLY SHIT as a movie that’s just an unadulterated all-round good time.
So as far as King Kong goes, we’re taken to an alternate universe where Kong wasn’t discovered in the 1930s ,where he was shipped to New York and met his untimely demise. In fact, the year is 1973, and the war in Vietnam has just ended.
Bill Randa (John Goodman) gets approval to explore the uncharted Skull Island, taking with him skillful tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) and a military escort lead by Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson). The group soon discover that monsters inhabit the hidden island, ruled over by Kong, a building-sized gorilla. As we learn more about the island’s inhabitants, and meet Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly), a WWII pilot who crash-landed in 1944, the expedition finds themselves at odds over their perception of Kong.
This movie is fun and action from the beginning. We waste no time establishing characters and story before jumping right into the thick of it; an absolute gold star for any giant monster flick. The pacing is brilliant and there’s plenty to keep you entertained from the jaw-dropping sequences featuring the colossal ape himself to the witty banter frequently heard from the wise-cracking troops or the kooky Marlow.
The amazing cinematography has to be mentioned. I saw this in IMAX 3D, which is a total recommendation for this film especially. Looming monsters, ferocious battles, breath-taking scenery – this film has it all in terms of delights for the eyes.
Everyone does a great job in this epic, but I have to say the favourite has to be John C. Reilly, who’s a total scene-stealer. He plays the 29-years-stranded hermit naturally with his brand of humour and has a sequence at the end that’s a bit of a tear-jerker too.
To be totally honest, I wasn’t expecting big things from the giant ape remake, but I’m glad I saw it. It’s definitely a good time and a decent twist on a classic myth.
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