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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

7.0/10

75,922

A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden.

Writers:

Dan Gilroy (screenplay), Max Borenstein (screenplay) |2 more credits »

Initial Thoughts:
I loved the King Kong movie done by Peter Jackson and while there couldn’t be a sequel (well actually there was but it never should have happened!) a prequel was an interesting idea. So we not much else out there (and I couldn’t convince my wife to see Logan again) we went to this in a very crowded mall (or movie theaters suck BTW, cineplex needs to build another one!).
Main Points:
Kong is an interesting character, though he never speaks and may seem like a villain, really he’s not. Like Godzilla he actually wants to defend his home and actually tries to help people (or for Kong there is always a woman he helps). Anyway this movie has the idea that after the end of the Vietnam war some soldiers are sent on one last mission to an uncharted island. Basically this is Kong’s origin story and of course we know no matter what, Kong lives.
The action and special effects are good and the acting is fine but the story is not the best. They do try to flesh it out with a WWII solider found alive on this island and an obsessed solider desperate for a win against an enemy. Once they are on the island and the fight against Kong (and the other man-eating creatures on the island) begin, it gets silly.
Final Thoughts:
If you really love Kong (and this is still playing where you are) I’d only go if you can get in cheap. Kong looks good and has some nice scenes but the movie is certainly just popcorn fare. I give it a mild recommendation and 7 out of 10. As with a lot of movies a good 15-20 minutes could have been taken out. This movie is certainly not for young kids, ages 13+.