Movie Monday: Kong: Skull Island

I watched the new Kong movie a few weeks ago and I had some mixed feelings.

Kong: Skull Island takes place after the end of Vietnam war, when a Government group – read:cult – manages to authorise a military assisted visit to an island that has, until now, been un-visited by humans – or so they think.

Queue intense drum roll.

After a turbulent flight through tornadoes or hurricanes, the team reach the island. In fairness wouldn’t such turbulence be a big red flag to not go in there? Movie logic means no, that’s an open invitation, of course. Once on the island, the team – consisting of a nutty government duo, military, a hired mercenary and a photographer – begin to drop bombs to “map the area.” Instead what happens is they awaken all the oversize creatures of this island and humans being human they want to kill them all.

Then arrives star of the movie, Kong. The king of the island there to protect those that live on it from visitors dropping bombs as well as the unknown threat that lives under the island surface.

Following a fight scene that scatters, Tom Hiddleston’s character and others find the natives of the island and a man who has been stranded on Skull Island since World War 2. 

From here on out begins an action packed, power struggle: The military V Kong, Kong v the “Skull crushers” and the Tom Hiddleston V the Military.

There are some amazing camera shots and CGI work in the later half of the film but that doesn’t make up for the bore that has been the plot.

Fun Fact: This remake is the 7th official remake since the original was released in 1933. 

I haven’t seen much buzz online about Kong and I am not sure if this is due to me not looking in the right places or if everyone think it to be as dull as I did.

Kong: Skull Island has received ratings of: IMDb 6.9/10, Rotten Tomatoes 76%.

This film boats an almost all star cast, with Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, John Goodman but this doesn’t improve much in the way of plot as most characters are indispensable

The movie wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t great either.

One word review: OK

Rating: 3/5 (I’m being generous)


Em x


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