"Skull Island" brings imaginative filmmaking to sci-fi

While fans will have to wait untilThor: Ragnarokhits theaters on November 3 to see Hiddleston reunite with his recurring co-star and on-screen brother, audiences are just days away from getting to travel with the actor to the wild and fantastical Skull Island. Of course, there's the pressure of fans who've waited years to see Ms. Danvers finally make it into the MCU, but there's also the importance of #Marvel finally making a female-led movie (somehow, Black Widow's still waiting for her turn).

The lowdown: A military mission with civilians to Skull Island finds King Kong and other creatures, imperiling their escape.

In 1933, audiences were introduced to the wraith of the giant ape named King Kong. Satellite imagery has revealed an uncharted island in the South Pacific, and a group of scientists is off to investigate under the guidance of Bill Randa (John Goodman), who works for a shadowy government agency and has the clout to bring a platoon of tired American soldiers stationed in Saigon along as protection.

"Kong: Skull Island" has its rough edges, but overall it's an impressive directorial effort from Jordan Vogt-Roberts.

They're all in a really expensive B-movie, and it seems like they're having a heckuva time fighting the good green-screen fight against all manner of lethal creatures on Skull Island. All this we learn from that aforementioned paratrooper, Hank Marlow (an endearing John C. Reilly), who's been stranded here since 1944. He's a beacon of humanity in a movie otherwise successfully focused on pounding its humans into pulp.

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As well as mining strong thematic resonance from the Vietnam connection (Jackson's gung-ho character is the closest the film comes to a villain, keen to make up for the humiliation of losing the war), the script does a great job of quietly undermining the usual action clichés. I found my foot tapping to the music throughout the film.

Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly. Golden Globe-winner and a much, much thinner John Goodman is Bill Randa. Randa wants scientific proof that he's not a crackpot for thinking giant beasts live underneath the ground, while Packard wants to kill Kong as payback for the deaths of his men and, by extension, for the war that his side just lost.

"The iconic ape is pure cinematic cash for Warner Bros., which is expecting a colossal hit worldwide along the lines of US$500 million-plus", said Bock.

Vogt-Roberts directs the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy, and Derek Connolly. Both of these films were divided into three acts: The Heart of Darkness-esque journey to the island; the aboriginal monster adventure once they get there, and the cross-species love story and tragedy of Kong's demise in NYC.

Kong's island is discovered when NASA's new ability to map the globe from space in 1973 identifies the mysterious island surrounded by a permanent violent storm system. Since the movie takes place in 1971, the movie score uses music from the late 1960s and early 1970s.


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