I’ve seen several King Kong movies, including the original with Fay Wray and remakes with Jessica Lang and Naomi Watts. They were about a film crew shooting on this remote Island where they run into the Big Ape. Kong: Skull Island has nothing to do with the others aside from the reappearance of Kong, the giant ape.
Kong: Skull Island is about the head of a secret organization (John Goodman) who has permission from the Senate to put together a military team (headed by Samuel L. Jackson), along with a hunter-tracker (Tom Hiddleston) and a photographer (Brie Larson) to fulfill a mapping mission of Skull Island, a hidden area dangerously blocked by dense clouds and inclement weather. His real agenda is to use missiles to upend the grounds and discover life beneath. The “life beneath” turns out to be huge savage reptiles, tremendous poisonous ants, and KONG, the 100 foot tall monstrous ape who is the only creature capable of maintaining the Island’s stability.
Seen through 3-D glasses on an IMAX screen, the special effects were breathtakingly realistic, and the constant action, albeit violent and gory, was riveting, even without character development (people killed off left and right). Twelve-year-old boys will love it!
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Written by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein
Tom Hiddleston – Captain James Conrad, Hunter-Tracker
Brie Larson – Beautiful Photographer
Samuel L. Jackson – Military Officer in charge
John Goodman – Owner of company
John C. Reilly – Lived on Skull Island ever since his plane crashed there during WWII
Jing Tian – Fighter