Kong: Skull Island Meatball Movie Review

March 10, 2017

It’s 1973 and The Vietnam War is ending but satellite images reveal a mysterious island long thought to just be a myth - Skull Island. A small group is pieced together to investigate the island which includes a tracker, war photographer, Soldier and his men, along with a small group of scientists. But as the group finally arrives on the island, they discover one of the biggest monsters around - King Kong.

After Kong destroys their helicopters, the group is scattered across the island filled with mysterious threats much more dangerous than Kong. Their battle with Kong is one that threatens to upset the natural order of the island and possibly the world.

This is a different King Kong film from any that you have witnessed. This isn’t the RKO Studios, Jeff Bridges & Jessica Lange version which saw the Ape being shackled and brought to America. This isn’t even the Peter Jackson three hour long master piece which gave Kong more depth as a character. To even compare or try to find a comparison between this or any of those films is wrong. This film sets itself apart from all the original Kong films intentionally.

The 1973 setting is a big key to that. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts gives the film more of a Vietnam Film feel the likes of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. We get beautiful shots throughout the film like seeing Kong in a silhouette against a sunset battling helicopters. Kong banging his chest in the moonlight, its as if he took a camera and shot beautiful pictures that would be featured in a Natural Geographic Magazine. Roberts uses his time to show you the entire surrounding, moving slow enough for you to take in everything around you from the jungle to the creatures.

The actions is spectacular. You saw a lot of fight sequences in the trailers between the helicopter battle and Kong fighting Skull Crawlers. It was enough in the trailers that it didn’t spoil the main action of those scenes. They are well choreographed and will have you on the edge of your seat reaching for the popcorn. Some of the kills in this movie will also generate reactions from the audience because the people in this film that die, die in some horrible horrific ways and you see most of it play out. The reactions these moments bring will make seeing it in a theater more fun.

Kong: Skull Island also gives us nods to the previous films like Kong battling an octopus which we saw in King Kong vs. Godzilla, he also holds Brie Larson in his paw like Fay Wray and many more that I don’t want to spoil for you.

The cast is strong, John C. Reilly as Hank Marlow steals the show. Many know him for his comedic roles but forget that he is a very dramatic actor. So while he brings levity to the film at times he also takes the character to a deeper depth than just “Comic Relief” and he is able to bring more from this role than many other actors would. Tom Hiddleston as James Conrad and Brie Larson as Mason Weaver stood out for me also, they both deliver strong but are tied down by the lack of depth provided to their characters. Hiddleston is a tracker but does very little tracking. While Samuel L. Jackson as Preston Packard is cool. Jackson delivers a normal solid performance and his scenes with John Goodman as Bill Randa shows two great actors doing what they do best.

It’s a different Kong from every variation we have seen over the years. Instead of being the terrorizer we shift the narrative and he is more of the protector. He is more heroic than in any other adaptation we have witnessed. 

With that all being said, I did enjoy this film. It is the perfect popcorn flick and worth seeing on the big screen with a vocal audience. It is a good prequel to the Godzilla film we got a couple years ago helping to further establish the Universe. Easter Eggs and Clues are left for the audience establishing a much bigger picture and maybe an eventual Godzilla/Kong Avengers type film. If you love Monster Movies then you can’t miss out on Kong: Skull Island on the big screen.

Meatballs: 3 out of 5

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