KONG: SKULL ISLAND
Action; Cert M, contains violence and offensive language; 1hr 45mins
Starring: Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Corey Hawkins, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell and John C Reilly
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
IT doesn’t seem so long ago Peter Jackson’s King Kong hit the cinemas, so I went into this unsure why we needed another one quite so soon.
It seems this movie is part of the same MonsterVerse franchise that brought us Godzilla in 2014 and may see Kong facing up against the mighty Japanese lizard in future movies.
While it stars the same Kong as previous films, living on the same island, this is a whole different story, unrelated to previous films.
Kong is bigger and badder than ever – there’s going to be no catching and caging this beast.
Set during the 1970s just as United States troops are exiting Vietnam, the cast cannot be faulted.
John Goodman plays government agent Bill Randa who hires former British special agent James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) to lead an expedition to map the last uncharted island on Earth – filmed amid stunning South East Asian jungle and island locations.
Randa also recruits a war-weary US helicopter squadron, led by the very bitter Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L Jackson).
Photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) tags along to give the film a female role and comic actor John C Reilly provides much-needed levity as a US pilot who has been stuck on the island since World War II.
This film is non-stop computer generated action from the very first scene.
While this is an awesome way to start a movie, the downside is that the excitement starts to wear off about halfway through.
When the big, boss monster comes along at the end it seems anti-climactic. It’s just not that scary.