A secret government organization mounts an expedition to Skull Island, an uncharted territory in the Pacific. Led by an explorer (John Goodman) and a lieutenant colonel (Samuel L. Jackson), the group recruit a disillusioned soldier (Tom Hiddleston) and a photojournalist (Brie Larson) to investigate the island's peculiar seismic activity. But once there, they discover that Skull Island is home to a gigantic ape called King Kong, and find themselves caught up in an ongoing war between the beast and the area's indigenous predators. Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed this reboot of the classic monster franchise. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, John Ortiz.
Release Date: Mar 10, 2017
Rated PG-13 for Intense Sci-Fi Violence/Action and Brief Strong Language
Runtime: 1 hr. 58 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Kong: Skull Island is a bit of a throwback in multiple ways. Bringing back the cinematic beast with a 90’s style blockbuster bombast provides some good fun even if the film’s human characters suffer. Kong and his fellow island beast all look great and are appropriately menacing during the huge set pieces that make up the better part of the film. The action itself is well directed and fun with the helicopter sequence being the biggest standout. There are a few drawbacks that keep the film from being great. First off, there are way too many characters in the film with none of them really getting any sort of depth. There’s a bevy recognizable faces on display but the director Jordan Vogt-Roberts doesn’t seem all that interested in using them for anything other than eye candy. As a result, strong actors like Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman and Sam Jackson (channeling Ahab vs. Kong via Apocalypse Now) are short changed by the script which leaves them spinning their wheels. John C. Reilly is fairly great as the downed WW2 pilot. He brings a ton of energy and fun to the film as soon as he hits the screen in the third act helping keep the momentum going for the finale. Kong: Skull Island implies a much larger monsterverse at play, which cough cough includes Godzilla, so future entries can improve on some of the faults in this entry.