It’s been a while since King Kong was on the big screen. Peter Jackson’s version titled “King Kong” delivered major success in 2005 and bought back the classic human interaction with the Gorilla. In 2017, it went in a different direction for “Kong: Skull Island,” directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, which shows nonstop action and jump scare moments complemented by a great cast dealing with Kong and other creatures.
The story starts with scientists Bill Randa (John Goodman) and Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) talking to the government of freakish activity happening on Skull Island, and wanting to go there. Them and Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel Jackson) leading his troops to go on the island. They also are joined by photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) and Captain James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) as they find out what animals are living there (Kong and pretty things that most individuals have nightmares about). It becomes a survive mission trying to get out of the island while dealing with Kong and something far more worst.
This movie really took action to another level. The budget was around $185,000,000 million dollars from CGI to filming on multiple countries. It was interesting to see Jackson’s character having a personal beef with Kong and pretty doing whatever it takes to kill him. But also unnecessary on his arrogance leading to sacrificed soldiers as they interact with different animals. On the other side, Hiddleston really takes the role of leader doing it the right way. Him and the others find more humans to figure out what Kong is really afraid of (aka Skullcrushers). He really is the MVP of the film, slashing and beating down anything that would affect their lives.
Cinematography wise, they capture on point shots that matched with the soundtrack and action. Looking at these scenes provided jump scare moments, which shouldn’t be avoided as these animals really put the goosebumps within the audience. It’s very impressive to see the crew make a human connection to the animal. Most monsters wouldn’t allow that, including Godzilla.
Overall, “Kong: Skull Island” is a big time step for the franchise. The same producers of 2014’s “Godzilla” made sure that this film live up to expectations. If you are a fan of King Kong or any of the actors and actresses, watch it now as 2017 continues to show great movies thus far.
8 out of 10