Kong:  Skull Island

Magnificent, isn’t he? – – And that’s as it should be, because it’s hard to imagine an imaginary creature with the history and pedigree of King Kong.  This is not a “monster,” but rather royalty…and from his cinematic origins in the 1930’s original, Kong has spawned a variety of movies, such as the 1976 and 2005 versions.  Nothing breeds imitation like success…

While we aren’t going back to the world of 1933 in this version, it’s set in the era of 1973, and is part King Kong reboot and part homage to such Vietnam era movies as Apocalypse Now and Platoon, complete with period cultural references.  The movie runs almost two hours, and we’re introduced to the big guy after about half an hour. Most of the human characters are two dimensional stereotypes and are basically monster chow, although such notables as John Goodman appear as a “tinfoil hat” crazy theorist. There’s lots of good mayhem, with Kong not only taking on humans but also a giant octopus and Huey gunships, one of which he spikes like a volleyball.  We visit also a gigantic water buffalo and enormous ants; Kong isn’t even the baddest creature to inhabit this lost world.

Kong:  Skull Island is also a launching pad for a “MonsterVerse” of additional but related movies which will include the re-emergence of Godzilla, and of course the inevitable battle royal between these two cinematic icons.  It should be a fun ride, and it’s playing now in theaters…

 

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3 Comments on “Kong:  Skull Island”

  1. carycomic Says:

    I know. I’ve already seen it, twice. Even gave it a 10-star review on IMDB. Although, of course, I got the usual nay-saying lurker voting the review as useless.*

    I also know, from the ending credits, that the movie was shot in differenct locations: Hawaii; three provinces of Vietnam; and parts of Australia. If the latter is true, I wonder why Village Roadshow Pictures didn’t get a production credit? To my knowledge, they’re still a down-under affiliate of WB!

    *He/she/it probably thinks I’m just a corporate shill. I should be so financially lucky!


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