Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Movie Review - Kong Skull Island

Hey kids, let's make a new King Kong movie.

It's been a long 12 years since the last King Kong remake. Is this the remake you were waiting for?

I'll give nothing away by saying that the movie is about a giant ape fighting helicopters and giant lizards. And that's pretty much it.

There's a racially diverse cast of people to watch get killed in unpleasant ways.

Academy Award winner Brie Larson in on hand mainly because there has to be a woman in a King Kong movie and she can fill out a tee shirt pretty well.

Tom Hiddleson plays a mercenary guide hired apparently for his jungle tracking skills. Which would surly be needed on what was supposed to be a mapping survey of an unknown island.

Samuel L. Jackson is there because they needed a barely in control crazy guy to lead the obviously hopeless fight against Kong.

The movie was OK for what it was. The special effects were great. Kong was very life-like. The monster fights were, for the most part, whirlwinds of hard to follow activity.

Large stretches of the movie made little sense. The expedition arrives at Skull Island on board a ship with three helicopters parked on it. The ship can't get near shore because there is a permanent storm raging all around the island. So they plan to fly through the storm on the helicopters, which are Vietnam War era gun ships (the story takes place in 1973). The three helicopters take off and some how turn into a fleet of 13. Question: can the doors on helicopter gunships be closed? They fly into the storm with all the doors open, and somehow, everyone isn't soaking wet when they land.

Remember the 2014 movie "Godzilla"? Neither do I, but "Kong Skull Island", while not a sequel, is the second film in the "Monsterverse". The next film, due in 2020 will be called, wait for it, "Godzilla vs. King Kong".

The music is all "Apocalypse Now" with the Doors and Credence Clearwater Revival blaring loudly.

If you're the kind of person who likes to sit through the credits, you'll be rewarded, but you'll have to to have patience. I estimate that nearly 100,000 people were involved in the making of this movie and every single one of them is named in the credits.

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