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.