One Final Action-Packed Trailer For KONG: SKULL ISLAND Proves Who's King
But if you're on the fence, stop reading now, and just go see it. Behold the sad, cynical Kong: First Blood Part II. "I asked, 'Can you only be in magazines if you're the size of this one piece?' There was this silence". Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) and written by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla), Kong: Skull Island will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and unsafe home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. It stars an ensemble cast consisting of Tom Hiddleston, Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Academy Award victor Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary and Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly.
Characters don't die in the order you expect and, most refreshingly, there's no tedious love story between the two nominal leads (although maybe they're saving that for the sequel).
"I used to go to the Dublin Theatre Festival when I was a young actor in NY".
The opening half-hour or so feels more like a Vietnam film than a monster movie, with the soundtrack blasting classic rock staples such as "White Rabbit", "Run Through the Jungle", "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" and "Paranoid", as the main characters are introduced and the mission to Skull Island is set in motion.
Superhero films have gone so far down the "cinematic universe" rabbit hole that the individual films have become less and less their own complete stories. It's been *checks watch* 12 years since the last one (Peter Jackson's King Kong), so I guess it's time to strap in for some giant ape action all over again. It's whatever you want to say about American imperialism or man's tendency to conquer places he has no business in. But for an exhilarating experience, it is advisable to watch the film through a child's forgiving eyes.
As in all previous "King Kong" movies, Skull Island turned out to be filled with creatures, including the scariest giant spider since Shelob in "The Return of the King", except this one is a lot bigger.
I saw the movie in 3D and recommend you do the same. "We did it in reshoots". For instance, I was excited to see John Goodman as a scientist leading the expedition to - *ominous thunder* - Skull Island, but he isn't given much to do.
As I write that, I'm aware that my initial impulse of defensiveness might seem like an indication of faint praise.
Goodman will next go before the camera in Captive State, an alien invasion thriller from director Rupert Wyatt (whom Goodman memorably worked with on The Gambler). "The travel's starting to wear me down".
The Oscar-winning actress, 27, packed the Canon AE-1 film camera she's had since high school and in between scenes chronicled her six-month Kong journey to Australia, Vietnam and Hawaii.
If you didn't pick up on the heavy-handed "Heart of Darkness/Apocalypse Now" allusions already, here's a shot that does the lifting for you. I predict that the special effects director will be nominated for an Academy Award because they blew me away.
Where once Hollywood required about 12 years to give audiences that particular brand of wish fulfillment, Kong: Skull Island needs only about 10 minutes.
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