King Kong is back. The iconic big ape that’s graced movie screens since 1933 returns for another cinematic adventure in King Kong: Skull Island. Featuring an all star cast including Tom Hiddleston, Samuel Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, and Brie Larson, the producers of 2014’s Godzilla continue their mission to create a monster movie universe for modern audiences.
How’s the Story?
Scientists, adventurers and soldiers unite to unfold the mystery of Skull Island, an uncharted island in the Pacific. It doesn’t take long for mayhem to ensue. Bold action sequences explode across the screen igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. The mighty Kong quickly establishes his powerful rule. Given the story takes place in 1973, the uncertainty, inexplicable violence, and jungle environment echo the Vietnam experience. Chock full of action movie dialogue, this popcorn movie thrill ride never ceases to instill a sense of fun.
How are the Special Effects?
The seamlessness of CGI creatures alongside their live human counterparts is quite impressive. Compared to Peter Jackson’s 2005 King Kong, the aesthetic in this particular movie seems more grounded in reality. There’s an immediacy to the world created in Skull Island compared to the lush wonderland of Jackson’s film. It’s less fantasy and more remote jungle terrain. The Skull Island ape’s design itself plays into the idea of an entirely new species rather than a giant silverback.
Any Bathroom break opportunities?
The first 25 minutes might be your best bet. The action picks up exponentially for the rest of the movie. Perhaps the sequence when John C. Reilly’s character is introduced might qualify for a break time as well.
Overall Grade: B+
Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Pros: You won’t find a better example of a fun popcorn movie. High caliber actors relish and embrace their roles in the movie. Kong is just cool in this movie.
Cons: Lacks heart compared to Peter Jackson’s 2005 King Kong. You won’t feel as emotionally attached to the big guy.
Official Movie Trailer
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