StevenF Review of Kong: Skull Island

The film Kong: Skull Island was released on March 10, 2017. It stars Tom Hiddleston as a tracker, John Goodman as a scientist who investigates a mysterious island, Brie Larson as a photographer, and Samuel L. Jackson as a hard-core military officer. The year is 1973 when Goodman talks a senator into allowing an expedition to a strange island in pursuit of a giant gorilla. The expedition is joined by Jackson’s helicopter unit who are to be their transport to the island.

The special effects were done by Spielberg’s Industrial Light and Magic. They did an excellent job as far as I’m concerned. Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, and Samuel L. Jackson were all great portraying their characters. My only complaint is that Jackson seems lately to be always cast as a half-sane authority figure. The story line was excellent in that it did not seem to have any glaring inconsistencies. There were one or two minor technical inaccuracies, but unless you were knowledgeable about WWII airplanes, it wouldn’t affect the believability of the story. There was enough action in the film to keep the viewer’s interest and the fight scenes between the creatures (no spoilers) was exciting.

I was impressed with this version of a story that has been filmed at least three different times since 1931. I have only seen the original King Kong (1931), so I was a bit leery about whether I would care for this version. I was pleasantly surprised. It was far and away better than I had thought, and it didn’t hurt that Goodman, Hiddleston, and Jackson were in the movie. I did buy the movie and I recommend it to everyone who likes a good adventure story. I give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

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2 thoughts on “StevenF Review of Kong: Skull Island

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    I have only seen film clips of the 1931 version, it was boring and the ‘CGI’ was terrible, but I guess back then it was called animatronics or claymation or something. However I have seen the other ones and even though I liked the Jack Black film, it was lacking in several respects. This was a true action-adventure film, and I enjoyed it.

    I also give this a 4.5 rating but it was because a group of the monsters just didn’t seem right, they came from another movie made before this one, and just did not fit in. Shame on the production company.

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