Kong: Skull Island
Ginormous water bison, spiders as tall as skyscrapers, and an incredible octopus are a sampling of the creatures you will see in the action-adventure film Kong, Skull Island. This film begins in 1944 when American pilot Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly) is ejected from his plane and is stranded on an undiscovered island in the Pacific. Fast forward twenty-nine years to 1973. Two scientists from the Monarch Corporation named Bill Randa (John Goodman) and Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) receive Senate funding to investigate an uncharted island that is visible in aerial photographs. A land mapping satellite confirms the island does exist and is hopefully full of mineral deposits. Soldiers are sent to protect two scientists, a tracker named James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), and Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson). Packard is in command of a helicopter division that has just returned from Vietnam who orders his men to fly over the island dropping bombs to find the mineral deposits – until Kong (Toby Kabbell) shows up and slaps the helicopters out of the air like flies. (Oh yes, He. Is. Huge.) At this point, the explorers are separated and must fight with the creatures on the island while trying to travel to the extraction point. Before the end, Kong has several fights with other giant animals and he’s brutal when showing why he’s king. This movie has everything from action, to humor, to unexpected surprises that make you jump. The ensemble cast is great even though they all disappear for extended periods of times throughout the film. It’s not super surprising to find out some are killed and eaten. Okay, some dialogue is a little cheesy and there is little time for character development but who cares – it’s pure fun. Musical favorites from the 1960’s and 1970’s add to the enjoyment. In the last King Kong and Godzilla movies, the people were just placeholders until the monsters showed up. Not so in this film; Kong is the focal character from the beginning to end. In 2018, we will see a film about Godzilla and in 2019 King Kong and Godzilla meet and they need to be close to the same size. This Kong doesn’t play the same role as in previous King Kong movies which is so refreshing. This film was so entertaining and brings out the kid in all of us and I’m giving it a B rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals. I rely more on a good story line than special effects