(PCM) Going into the theater with doubts about whether or not we were going to enjoy the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures film “Kong:Skull Island” we came out pleasantly surprised by just how much we ended up enjoying this film. When taking a look at other critical reviews of the film, we almost have to wonder if we were watching the same film as some of these other guys. Many were complaining that there was not enough King Kong in “Kong: Skull Island” and we definitely have to disagree!
We get our first look at King Kong within the first five to ten minutes of the movie and he is pretty much front and center throughout the rest of the film. In other monster movies of this type we generally only get to see glimpses of the monster and it is not revealed in its’ entirety until well into the third act of the film. This is not the case with “Kong: Skull Island”, as King Kong claims this movie as very much his from the start.
What the film may be lacking in story it certainly makes up for in visuals. It is absolutely stunning. As we mentioned in our podcast review of this film, we immediately thought that this film had the look of an epic theme park ride. We highly recommend taking full advantage of these spectacular visual elements of the film and checking it out in IMAX, but definitely in 3D. d
The film ells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong. “Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “Thor: The Dark World”), Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), John Goodman (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Argo”), Oscar winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Trainwreck”), Jing Tian (“Police Story: Lockdown”), Toby Kebbell (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), John Ortiz (“Steve Jobs”), Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton”), Jason Mitchell (“Straight Outta Compton”), Shea Whigham (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Thomas Mann (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”), with Terry Notary (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) and Oscar nominee John C. Reilly (“Chicago,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”). Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed the film from a screenplay by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly, story by John Gatins.
When speaking about the film, director Vogt-Roberts says, “Kong represents all the mystery and wonder that still exists in the world. That’s why he will never stop being relevant.” The film also gave us a chance to just lose ourselves with the teams epic adventure with edge of your seat action sequences, fight/battle scenes and strategically timed elements of humor and heart. Actor Tom Hiddleston suggests, “Kong embodies the internal clash between our civilized selves and the place in our consciousness that still has a very real sense of something bigger than ourselves. How do you reconcile this massive creature who is both a terrifying force of nature and a sentient being with an intelligence that is different from ours but no less sophisticated?”
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