Popcorn Addict: Kong: Skull Island
“King Kong ain’t got shit on me!!!”—Alonzo, Training Day
Do you like monsters destroying stuff? Slaughtering folks without blinking? This movie is for you!
Do you want to see two members of NWA—Eazy E and Dr. Dre—meet King Kong? This movie is for you!
Do you like Deep Blue Sea Samuel L. Jackson? Do you like Snakes on a Plane Samuel L. Jackson? This movie is for you!
Kong: Skull Island, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, is the latest Kong film franchise and this week we both were able to check out an advanced screener before its March 10 nationwide release. The latest Kong film centers around Bill (John Goodman) and his geologist colleague Houston (Corey Hawkins; 24 Legacy, Straight Outta Compton, The Walking Dead—Is this his Mahershala season?? Hope so!) trying to convince a government official to explore an undeveloped island. Of course they get the hesitant approval and team up with some military men (lead by Samuel L. Jackson; another, the funny Jason Mitchell who played Eazy E in Straight Outta Compton), a photojournalist (Brie Larson; Room), and a former ex-British military guide (Tom Hiddleston; Thor’s Loki). Everything goes wrong when they fly over the island and began excavating and destroying the land—Kong’s land! Kong ain’t playing with these Columbusing fools. Along the way, they find out that Kong isn’t the only creature they need to worry about. Duh, duh, duh! Later they all meet Hank (played by the hilarious John C. Reilly; Talladega Nights, Step Brothers), another ex-military person who has been stuck on Kong's island for over 20 years, who helps them along the way.
Side note: Is this John Goodman’s MO now? I loved him in 10 Cloverfield Lane and now he’s hunting Kong. I hope he keeps up this monster trajectory.
Also, the film is available in 3D. Typically I’m not a fan of 3D films because 1) It’s usually poorly used and executed, and 2) I battle motion sickness. However, the use of 3D in this film was perfect from the opening scene where main characters were running through the jungle. You actually felt you were running with them! It was very close to VR technology in a movie theater. And no motion sickness! #winning Regarding the CGI, the CGI was amazing!!! Kong and the other animals/monsters were incredibly realistic (as much as monsters could be) when pitted with the live actors.
All of the actors were great. There were many comedic moments that were hilarious and non-cheesy. Brie Larson was impressive as the strong female lead, Tom Hiddleston was his gorgeous self, and Samuel L. Jackson Sam'ed (yup, new adjective) it up as expected. The eclectic casts meshed quite well together which can be tricky with a well-known ensemble cast.
Overall, Kong: Skull Island was a great movie and popcorn flick. The plot was simple, it had action and drama, the acting was solid, and you had giant monsters. What more can you want from a Kong film?!
P.S. Make sure you stay for the post-credit scene. You should know this by now anyway. It’s basically an action movie cliché now.