Set in 1973, John Goodman stars as Bill Randa
– an explorer
obsessed with the opportunity to visit a mystical, mythical island in
the middle of the Pacific. American satellites have captured an image
of it, and Randa sways the U.S. government to help bankroll an
expedition by convincing a senator the Soviets might get there in a
matter of days if they don’t act now.
He’ll need a team, so he recruits photographer Mason Weaver
(Brie Larson) and former war hero James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), while
being granted the services of a top notch military squad led by Preston
Packard (Samuel L. Jackson).
Upon their approach to Skull Island, Randa and the team decide to drop
some seismic charges to help gauge the depth of the island, but they
also awaken a massive giant. King Kong was taking a nap, they woke him
up, and he’s very grumpy.
Can they survive on this
island until the rest of the squad comes to pick them up?
What else is on this island?
Will they discover why so many planes and ships disappear around this
portion of the ocean?
Kong: Skull Island is an action
movie trying to be a little more sarcastic than that, but they should
stick to the action.
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and the three person writing team want to
establish a tone somewhere between campy B-Movie and Saturday Afternoon
Serial, much like the Indiana Jones
trilogy, but they don’t have a Harrison Ford, George Lucas
Steven Spielberg involved with this movie to make it better.
Some of the comedy feels forced, except for John C. Reilly, who appears
as a World War II Missing In Action soldier who has spent decades on
the island, which has caused him to both become kind of wacky and an
expert survivalist. Reilly knows when to be insane and when to make it
more sinister, which makes him the central focus of almost every scene
in which he appears.
However, Kong: Skull Island feels too much like a
to intrigue us about the future, instead of delivering a strong film
for which we just spent 10 bucks or so to see. The action is exciting
and the audience can’t help but marvel at the amazing
of Kong and his utter ferociousness.
Yet, Kong: Skull Island is short on details and
screen is packed with actors who aren’t being asked to do
more than run or act scared. If you are a massive fan of monster
movies, you will dig the little clues and hints being dropped
throughout, while the rest of the audience gets a clear, no doubts
explanation of where this film is going, if you are willing to sit
through the credits all the way to the end.
Kong is amazing to see on the big screen with some great CGI work
bringing him to life, and the action will keep you surprised and
entertained, but don’t expect more from Kong: Skull
Island than watching it become a simple appetizer for things
Kong: Skull Island is rated PG-13
for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief