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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Review: A Double-Sized Thrill

09 Mar 2017 | By Tim Mworia | @timworia
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Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

A popcorn-crunching spectacle worth running away to the movies for.

While preparing to make Kong: Skull Island, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts promised the biggest King Kong ever. Sure enough at 85 feet, he is almost twice the size of Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake. Which is twice the reason to watch this latest reboot.

Skull Island is the second film in Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse following 2014’s incredibly gratifying Godzilla. As an origin story, the movie does well to map a clear vision for its titular giant ape, setting him up in a cinematic universe that will end with a mouthwatering battle in Godzilla vs. Kong which is scheduled for a 2020 release.

Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

The ensemble cast of Skull Island is led by Oscar-winner Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston (who you should recognize from the Avengers movies but will probably only ever remember as one half of the doomed Hiddleswift saga).

I loved Larson in Room in which she movingly portrayed a rape survivor. I loved her even more after that frosty reception she gave (or didn’t give) alleged abuser Casey Affleck at the Oscars. Here again she gives her anti-war photographer character Mason Weaver a refreshing tenacity devoid of the predictable, and frankly boring damsel in distress trope that has been a fixture in all the past King Kong films.

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Hiddleston on his part is James Bond incarnate. And if he treated this role as his 007 audition, then he aced it. His suave demeanor and stifled flirtatious brood ticked all the boxes. The only thing missing was a tuxedo and a shaken martini. Even his character’s name, James Conrad speaks loudly of Hiddleston’s unstated desire to be the next Bond. Can we just give it to him already?

Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

Returning to the jungle only a year after his exploits in The Legend of Tarzan, Samuel L. Jackson ditches the uncharacteristic goody two-shoes shtick and gets back to his insolent “motherf*****g” best as Vietnam-era Colonel, Preston Packard. He may be but a tiny speck relative to Kong’s size but he proves a worthy adversary to the King of the jungle. Skull Island is full of brilliantly constructed scenes, but one shot in particular in the midst of Kong’s rampant carnage against Packard’s men where their fiery eyes lock will give anyone a cold chill.

Rounding off the cast are John Goodman (Patriots Day), Jing Tian (The Great Wall), John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy), and breakout stars of the critically acclaimed Straight Outta Compton, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell who reunite for the first time since their new found fame.

Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

However, the real star of this movie is the mysterious Skull Island and all the building-sized beasts that creep, crawl and crop up from it including Kong himself. The island that is untouched by civilization until 1973 is as exquisite as it is hostile. The sheer scale of some of the animals is amazing and will probably make you sink into your seat. And if bugs make you queasy, be warned that you’ll be scared stiff at least twice during the film.

The original King Kong was the pinnacle of cinema escapism back in 1933 when it wowed audiences. Skull Island carries on the tradition, making its mark as a popcorn-crunching spectacle worth running away to the movies for. Watch this one in the biggest possible screen you can find. It’s the best way to enjoy it.

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