Kong Is Back in Kong: Skull Island
By Clare S.
How is cinema’s most iconic gorilla in the new “Kong: Skull Island” movie?
King Kong is back at it again, but this time, he is not a king. “Kong: Skull Island” was released March 10, 2017 and was directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. It stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and Brie Larson. “Skull Island” differs from previous “King Kong” movies through its time period: “Skull Island” is set in 1973 instead of the original 1930s.
Bill Randa, an official for the U.S government agency Monarch, and his team set their sights on Skull Island to collect geological data on the island, or so they say. In reality, Randa and his team want to search for the biological results of nuclear testing. They hire James Conrad, a former British Special Air Service Captain and skilled tracker, to assist them in exploring the island. Randa’s team is also accompanied by a Vietnam War helicopter squadron, the Sky Devils, and photojournalist Mason Weaver. The mission was given three days, and whoever makes it to the pick-up spot by the timeslot could go home.
After a rocky start getting to the island, Randa’s “geological experiments” lead to their meeting of Kong. Men and helicopters are lost while the group is separated. Two main groups form: one with Conrad, Weaver, and supporting characters and another with Randa and some of the Sky Devils. Some remaining characters are scattered about. The groups come to the conclusion to rendezvous to the other side of the island where they will be picked by the three-day timeslot.
Each group encounters different situations: the truth of the Monarch’s expedition, giant spiders, and the natives of Skull Island. Randa’s group decides to go rescue some of the remaining men. Conrad’s group learns Kong’s place on the island. To the natives, Kong is a god who protects them from the Skullcrawlers, mutated lizard-like monsters that live underground. Under protection of the natives, the group decides to build a boat to sail the river and manage to secure communication with Randa.
The two groups join and continue searching for one lost man. A confrontation with the Skullcrawlers occurs on their journey and the group splits again. After a while, Kong appears to fight the largest Skullcrawler, making for an epic battle scene only comparable to Godzilla’s.
“Kong: Skull Island” movie is worth the watch. The visuals were well done and there is a good range of characters. The plot was revised, but Kong’s iconic character is still intact. There are some twists not mentioned, making it just different enough from the previous “King Kong” movies to not be predictable. As remakes go, “Kong: Skull Island” does not disappoint.