Kong : Skull Island

Kong : Skull Island, 2017 film starring  Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly.  Man vs Monkey vs … I don’t know what that is!!!

It’s 1973 and the Vietnam war has just ended.  Bill Randa (Goodman) has convinced his government to take an expedition to a newly discovered island in the pacific with a full military escort led by Colonel Packard (Jackson).  For good measure Bill brings along survivalist and tracker James Conrad (Hiddleston) and photographer Mason Weaver (Larson).  As soon as they get over the island in the helicopters they begin seismic research  which brings about the biggest monkey in the world.  Kong immediately starts smacking and crashing all the helicopters stranding the survivors on the ground.  With the help of previously stranded pilot Hank Marlow (Reilly) they have to get to the north side of the island in 3 days in order to meet their exfil team. The colonel however wants Kong dead and won’t rest until it’s done.  There is more though, Kong is there protecting the earth from even bigger monsters that come up from below, if the colonel kills Kong who will protect the world???

This was by far my favorite version of the King Kong story.  This was action, suspense and thrills rolled up into one nicely done film.  The CGI and it’s interaction with real time was absolutely seamless, I’ve got to say that film makers are getting so good at this.  Soon we won’t even need real actors, they can just make their own. (seems to me there is a sci-fi book about that out there)

The acting was really good, when Jackson turned crazy with revenge for his men, I believed it, he really knows his stuff.  The story, for the King Kong series, was a great one.  No going to the island to steal the monkey and put it in a show, no crazy monkey loves the blonde woman, just great action.  Though many critics will show you what was wrong or inaccurate about the film I am telling what was good about it.  So what if there are a few inaccuracies in it, it was pure, enjoyable entertainment and I loved it.  That is what it is all about and this was my third time seeing it, you can’t ask for more than that as a film maker!  Great job.




 

 

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