- Origin: 19/25
- Story: 20/25
- Camera/SFX: 23/25
- Performance: 20/25
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”). In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.
- Rated: PG-13 (Monster violence and destruction)
- Genre: Action, Adventure and Science Fiction
- Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
- Written by: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly
- Release date: 10th May, 2017 (Wide)
- Length: 118 minutes
- Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures
|Tom Hiddleston||James Conrad|
|Samuel L. Jackson||Preston Packard|
|Brie Larson||Mason Weaver|
|John C. Reilly||Hank Marlow|
|John Goodman||Bill Randa|
|Corey Hawkins||Houston Brooks|
A well thought out backstory that shows there was more than just Kong. It was a fresh take on the classic and the 2005 version. Skull Island itself was good, the attention to detail showed us how harsh it can be to live on the island. The creatures were well thought out and the native people was a nice touch, to show that Kong was more humanised. I did felt like it lacked some explanation for things and left the audience to pick up the pieces.
The balance between showing Kong and the humans was very good, I didn’t feel left out of the emotional connection I had with the humans and I didn’t lose any of the epic action from Kong. I liked how they made it different from the 2005 version, making the discovery of Kong fresh and exciting. Setting it in the 70s was a good move, it allowed for less confusion and a different dynamic to the Godzilla film. I would have liked to see a more dynamic story with the characteriser rather than a predator type arc.
Beautiful visuals that always impressed me. With the team that made Godzilla I was sure that this film would be another effects showdown. Kong himself looked awesome, his detailing was convincing and his hairs looked like actual hairs. For the rest of the creatures they looked unique and all had something that Madde them stick out. The Skull Crushers were the perfect villain and had the look to go with it, scary and almost snakelike.
It was a good performance from most of the cast, my favourites were Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly, both played military men very well, and their characters were polar opposites. Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson had a good chemistry and their partnership was a good one to follow. They selected a good cast for this one, having some famous faces mixed in with some fresh talent made it good to watch. One or cast members seemed to be out of place, and it was noticeable.