A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, adventuring into the domain of the might Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, and Brie Larson
Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Written by: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly, and John Gatins
The King is back in “Kong: Skull Island,” and he’s in a bad mood! Why… well because a few scientist and some soldiers come to his island, and start making a mess of it. Kong wastes little time returning the favor leaving the group battered, and bruised. A long way from their way off the island, the group soon finds that Kong isn't the only thing to fear.
It doesn’t take too long to realize that certain images of Kong really make the movie. There’s an early one of him with the sun setting, and the helicopters flying around him that is stunning. They do an excellent job of showing that he’s not only huge, but equally as fierce. In another scene, he gets attacked by an giant octopus, and ends up making a snack of it.
Kong isn’t the only awesome creature on the island. There’s a couple of unusual and harmless ones, and then there’s the skull creatures. They look like lizards but with no skin. The best part are their weird mouths. The biggest and baddest skull creature is Kong’s ultimate enemy, and they have an epic fight. They are both powerful, but Kong is just a little smarter.
As for the scientists and soldiers, they aren’t as interesting as Kong. The scientists Bill (John Goodman), and Houston (Corey Hawkins) get the group to the island, but then the focus moves off of them and onto others. The soldiers get a few moments, including some comedy, but are mostly there to sadly die. Then there’s the tracker James (Tom Hiddleston), and photographer Mason (Brie Larson). They take the lead as the heroes, but too bad they don’t do a whole lot to make the audience truly like them either.
To no surprise the only character that strikes some emotions in the audience is Preston (Samuel L. Jackson). He’s the leader of this group of soldiers, and takes it very personal when Kong kills some of his men. It’s good to honor and defend your fellow soldiers, but he fails to realize Kong’s just defending his territory. Preston sacrifices the safety of the group and their chance to get off the island just to fight with Kong. He’s very much a Samuel L. Jackson character making the audience both like and hate him.
Overall, there’s nothing too shocking about the story. There’s a good explanation on why they go to the island, and then it becomes a fight for survival. While the characters aren’t too interesting, Kong is simply awesome fighting both people, and the other creatures. It’s not 100% perfect, but there are plenty of terrific images of him that really maintain his iconic status. With that, I give “Kong: Skull Island” 3 pools of blood.
*There’s an extra scene at the end of the credits*