KONG: Skull Island

Tom Hiddleston

Samuel L. Jackson

reviewed by Tom-Tom

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In 2004, Peter Jackson rebooted King Kong. It was a top heavy double feature with half (2/3?) the exploits happening on the mysterious island of Kong’s origin and the latter portion in 1931 New York. The CGI were state of the art for the time but the film had the feel of having bitten off more than it could chew. Skull Island takes a different approach and keeps us on the island which is Kong’s residence/battleground. He is no complacent sovereign, however, but a badass ape in almost constant defense of his rule. It is nice to see another big monster movie after the 2014 Godzilla and while Skull Island takes place in the same world, its timeframe is just at the close of the War in Vietnam. While other reviewers have criticised the foil American military in Vietnam and the mercenary group of American soldiers who enter Skull Island with bombs bursting in air, I applaud it. Godzilla since the very first 1954 film has criticized the use of weapons of mass destruction and Godzilla’s creation and indeed destruction were both due to said weapons. This was revamped in the existence of MUTO’s in the 2014 film who preyed on Nuclear Power and weapons going on a worldwide atomic feeding frenzy pursued by Godzilla. Similarly, I feel the King Kong franchise goes after colonialism and imperialism outlining the fallacy of rushing in where angels fear to tread. The organization Ken Watanabe was associated with in Godzilla MONARCH makes an appearance in this film as well giving the world another possible multi-billion dollar franchise with which to tempt a willing public.

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