A staple of old Hollywood, monster movies are harder sell today. A stop-motion dinosaur is just not going to cut it, the mere spectacle of seeing a mythical beast on the big screen is not enough to carry an entire film, as it once was.
Rivalled only by Godzilla in movie monster folklore, King Kong has had his fair share of versions. Now he’s back and he’s sure making an impact.
Director Jordan Vogt- Roberts has taken the action out of the 1930s into the 1970s, at the end of the Vietnam War. It makes all the difference in the world.
Kong: Skull Island is more Apocalypse Now (as anyone who’s seen the poster can see) than The Mummy.
It’s soundtracked to ’70s rock icons like Creedence Clearwater Revival and Black Sabbath, successfully setting the tone.
Kong is on screen within two minutes.
This time we follow an army helicopter division helping a research crew get to the storm-surrounded Skull Island, with anti-war photographer Brie Larson and British tracker Tom Hiddleston in tow.
Samuel L. Jackson leads the army division, disillusioned by war and desperate for something to fight for.
It’s straight into the action on the island, with Kong not taking too kindly to trespassers.
The effects are top-notch. Kong is a beast to behold and a larger incarnation than we’ve ever seen before. There are also lots of of other entertaining giant critters.
It’s way better than you’d expect it to be.