Back in 2014, the King of Monsters returned as we watched a nuclear power plant in Japan meltdown and the Golden Gate Bridge get destroyed for the millionth time. Introduced to the Monarch group, secrecy and questions surrounded the company, how did they know about these monsters? Is Godzilla the first one they’ve known about?
Well, we finally have some answers in the newest Kong film Kong: Skull Island (76% Rotten Tomatoes, 7/10 IMDB). Armed with a stacked castlist of Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly, the film steers away from the normal Kong formula for a more action packed discovery laden film that kept my attention for the entire 118 minute runtime.
In the waning days of the Vietnam war, Monarch monster chaser Bill Randa (John Goodman) convinces the U.S. Government to sponsor a trip to one of the last hidden places in the world, Skull Island. Surrounded by a persistent hurricane, he would be given a regiment of soldiers commanded by Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) for a reconnaissance mission.
Along with the soldiers, Randa brings along the auspicious tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and war photographer Mason Leaver (Brie Larson) as well as two Monarch employees.
One thing is for certain: their lives will never be the same after they see Skull Island. In fact, most don’t make it off the island.
Foregoing steep backstories of all the characters, director Jordan Vogt-Rogers kept the audience engaged with non-stop action, keeping our emotions checked with Mason Leaver’s photography of nature, the soldiers and the aboriginal humans claiming Skull Island as their home.
John C. Reilly is well, John C. Reilly, as he cuts the action with his comedic timing as a stranded WW2 pilot on Skull Island. The oddball of the bunch, John captures the childhood bliss that created our fascination of the massive ape.
While nothing in this film is quite as grotesque as the giant bug scene in the prior film, this new re-adaptation of the world famous ape holds up better than the previous film and is worth the Blu-Ray price of $19.99 when it is released June 20th and is worth going to the dollar-theater for it as well.
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