Kong: Skull Island

Kong is back. If you are going to a place called skull island and you need a military escort, you better hope you have travel insurance too. 

 Rated: 3/5


  • Samuel L Jackson
  • Brie Larson
  • Tom Hiddleston
  • John C. Reilly

Directed by 

  • Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Set in 1973 Kong: Skull Island allows us to join a group of scientists on an expedition to an undiscovered island.

Samuel L Jackson, Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston and John C. Reilly are just some of the stars in this blockbuster.

As Preston Packard (Jackson) and his team are about to leave Vietnam after the war they are asked to escort a group of scientists to a previously undiscovered island.

When the team arrive they are accompanied by photojournalist Mason Weaver (Larson), ex-British army man James Conrad (Hiddleston) and Bill Randa (John Goodman) and his team of scientists.

As the teams fly through a storm system and emerge at a beautiful oasis of green hills and lakes they do what humans are best at. They drop bombs and destroy the land.

Their bombs awaken some things that are best left undiscovered and for that they will have to face the consequences.

As the group attempt to get off the island they run into native peoples and Hank Marlow (Reilly) who landed on Skull island 37 years previous during World War II.

Marlow lends his local knowledge to help the team avoid the wildlife but typical human need for revenge and violence means things get a lot bloodier.
One of the movies best features was the told of Mason Weaver (Larson). The photojournalist shows she’s just as good shooting with a rifle as with her camera.
Similar to the 1933 Kong movie, Mason is the distressed woman who makes a connection with Kong while all the men are shooting at anything that moves.

The movie is not over reliant on “the hunk” that is Tom Hiddleston. Which is a pleasant change from Jurassic World and the Chris Pratt craze.

Skull Island is not the worst digital remake of a classic monster movie but it is by not means a classic.

A movie worth seeing if you are at the cinema but not something I would be devastated about missing.


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