4 out of 5 (80%) reviewers would recommend
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
KONG: SKULL ISLAND On March 10, 2017, the producers of Godzilla transport audiences to the birthplace of one of the most powerful monster myths of all in KONG: SKULL ISLAND, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures. When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.
Mar 10, 2017
A bunch of scientists accompanied by a tracker (Tom Hiddleston), photo-journalist (Brie Larson) and army soldiers, infiltrate a mysterious, uncharted territory (Skull Island) to examine it, without realising they have entered the land of King Kong. While a few seek revenge from the mighty ape for killing their compatriots, they soon discover he is not the enemy.
You know exactly what to expect from this film before walking into it and it doesn't let you down. Given the genre, it's no surprise that this monster movie is immensely formulaic but in its defence, it doesn't have one dull moment. Fast-paced and gripping, this reboot of the franchise is a taut survival drama that gives you the chills. Sadly, no matter how talented, since Kong is the king, he renders the A-list cast redundant. His only competition is the monstrous lizards aka skull crawlers and the two giants pretty much rule the roost and hog the screen space, literally and figuratively. Despite being cliched, you enjoy the two species slugging it out in the jungle as the humans run helter-skelter, becoming the mere spectators. The CGI-fuelled action in 3D keeps you on the edge of your seat. Watching Kong smash a fleet of helicopters to the ground as we tend to crush mosquitoes is oddly entertaining. The witty repartee between characters makes up for the lack of depth and drama in the screenplay. While this instalment tries to match up to Peter Jackson's 2005 adventure, it lacks its epic cinematic moments, like Kong scaling the Empire State building. Though British actor Tom Hiddleston and Oscar winner Brie Larson have nothing much to do here except for gawking at the giants and running for their lives, they add credibility to this otherwise stereotypical franchise. Leading to the big Kong vs Godzilla (2020) clash, if you don't mind some shallow, video game-esque entertainment, this one doesn't disappoint.
1. The film's set was built at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, near the same location where 'Jurassic World' (2015) was shot. 2. 'King Kong' (1976) was also filmed in Hawaii. 3. Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons were originally supposed to be cast in the film, but both had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. John C. Reilly stepped into Keaton's role while Samuel L. Jackson replaced Simmons. 4. The film's score has been composed by Henry Jackman. To fit the 70's period of the film, Jackman blended 70's psychedelic guitars into the score.