Kong: Skull Island – A Monster of a movie – Review
We’ve seen a lot of excitement over the new movie, Kong: Skull Island, especially during the competition that we have been running to win some merchandise. So last night it was time to pop on over to Cineworld in Llandudno, pop on the RealD 3D glasses and check out the movie.
I’d been excited to see the latest incarnation of Kong for a while and with the movie being from the producers of Godzilla I couldn’t wait to see the biggest Kong of all time, forget the size of Kong in the Peter Jackson movie, this new ape is gigantic and stands at around 350 feet tall!
Kong: Skull Island tells 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 Coming at you in 3D
As the film started the 3D effects was used to good effect as we are brought the usually logos etc of the companies involved, then we are brought to Skull Island in 1943! Now I was expecting modern day, so I was a little surprised. But this was only the start, shortly after our introduction to Kong we are in the 70s and this when the film is set, a brilliant excuse for a brilliant soundtrack with a great selection of tracks that give the film a good vibe.
For those of you that love the idea of Kong kicking the seven shades of you know what out of other monsters, then you won’t be disappointed, this is a monster movie that is very on par with Godzilla, but hey this is all in the same monsterverse that started with the reboot of Godzilla a few years ago.
Kong is very nicely done with a look of the original 1933 version with a twist of the Japanese Kong, so Kaiju fans rejoice! The CGI monsters in the movie work great with the actors, one scene, in particular, stands out as Kong walks across the background with Jack (played by Toby Kebbell) is in the foreground and this worked great with the field of depth from the 3D.
There are also times in the film that reminded me of the Playstation game, Shadow of the Colossus, such as Kong walking off into the mist, it looked good, but just reminded me of the game (now there’s a movie to be made).
The casting for the movie is nice, Tom Hiddleston is good as James Conrad, although he does have the feel of many of the other roles he has played, John Goodman is mysterious as Bill Randa who is from the “Monarch” organisation, Samuel L Jackson as Preston Packard is worthy of noting that I came to despise his character so great job there from Jackson, Brie Larson carries her character of photojournalist Maso Weaver very well.
But for me personally, John C. Reilly as Hank Marlow had me laughing, his characters comments throughout the movie we great for bringing in the lighter moments to the movie and for pointing out the obvious in a comedic way.
“Kong’s a pretty good king. Keeps to himself, mostly. But you don’t go into someone’s house and start dropping bombs, unless you’re picking a fight.” ~ Hank Marlow
Kong: Skull Island Soundscape
So as I mentioned earlier the soundtrack for the film is really good, but not only do you get some great 70s songs, you get a brilliant score from Henry Jackman (Captain America: Civil War, Kingsman: The Secret Service), it’s beautifully composed to bring you the feel of the action etc that takes place on the island. Then there is the sound fx in the film, now they don;t give up on the use of using all the available cinema speakers with bullets that ricochet around screen, shrapnel flying past you and you being engulfed in the explosions and Kong’s roar, now this is how sound should be used in an action movie!
With great sound, effects and action, Kong: Skull Island is a must see for fans of not only a giant ape, but also for Kaiju fans. I loved the movie, the 3D worked nicely throughout the movie, which is always a plus for those of us that like 3D films, but don’t worry, this is a film that will be just as enjoyable in 2D.
But Wait! There’s More!!
Now if you are one of the many that have seen Kong: Skull Island and walked out when the credits started rolling then you have missed an extra scene that gives us an insight into what’s next! As the screen faded to black, James Conrad’s voice asked, “Are you still there?”, we then find Conrad and Weaver in an interrogation room, nothing interesting there you would think until they are shown a visual recording of cave paintings etc.
SPOILERS AHEAD!!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
So what are these cave paintings, well they are of Mothra, Hydra and Godzilla, that’s right, so we are going to be getting a really kick-ass movie in the third of the monsterverse movies and how do they end the extra scene? With a fade to black and Godzilla’s roar out of all the cinema speakers, at which point the hairs on the back of my neck stood up!
Kong: Skull Island is out now on DVD & Blu-ray.