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Kong: Skull Island Movie Review - The Uncharted Can Be Beautiful And Dangerous

Team Feedbaac
Editors Rating

8
overall
GREAT
Pros: Gripping story, Brilliant special effects and CGI, Dolby surround sound makes it worth watching in cinemas
Cons: Expected more from the star-studded cast

Credits to IMdB and Wikipedia for images and sources. Movie reviewed in cinemas by Ranbir Sen and Vinu Varughese. Pass provided by Shooting Stars.

On March 2, 1933, King Kong was conceived by American filmmaker Merian C. Cooper. The character's name is Kong, a name given by the inhabitants of "Skull Island" in the Indian Ocean, where Kong lives along with other oversized animals such as a plesiosaur, pterosaurs and other dinosaurs.

On December 22, 1933, Son of King Kong was released and later in 1962, Japanese Director Ishir? Honda (Japan) and Thomas Montgomery (USA) worked to create King Kong vs. Godzilla. Ishir? Honda again directed King Kong Escape in 1967. On December 17th, 1976, a remake of the movie was headed by John Guillermin and he continued the series after 10 years with "King Kong Lives". After 9 years, Peter Jackson rebooted "King Kong" and released on December 14th, 2005.

And now the remake with a new twist, "Kong: Skull Island" will be officially released on 9th March, 2017, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. And it has already been decided that the next release Godzilla vs. Kong is already on track to be released on May 29th, 2020.

We were lucky few to get the chance to see the premiere of the movie: #KongSkullIsland in Dubai at #VoxCinemas at City Center Deira, thanks to Warner Bros. and Shooting Stars.

Kong: Skull Island is superbly made and keeps you engrossed in the story and screenplay. Well directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and providing good screenplay by Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein & Derek Connolly to bring life to the story penned by John Gatins.

The writers have created a new version of events from the actual storyline, making them different from the earlier King Kong movies. Taking a new twist in the storyline kept everyone engrossed throughout the film rather than expecting similarities to the previous remakes.

The story goes like this: It’s 1976, Professor Bill Randa (John Goodman) and Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) approach the Senator to provide support and airborne military to explore an uncharted island in the Indian Ocean. Bill and Houston are given what they need by the Senator, along with a team headed by Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson). Also joining them on their journey are James Conrad, the tracker (Tom Hiddleston) and Mason Weaver, a photojournalist (Brie Larson) plus a few others.

Travelling by ship and then by helicopters, they pass through the dangerous storm surrounding Skull Island and the team reaches the destination. Thanks to fast pacing of the movie, we see the entrance of our true protagonist "Kong" throwing a tree towards the helicopter. You can see how Kong is the protagonist because pretty much everyone in the audience clapped or hooted for that shot.

Through a series of uncanny events, our intrepid explorers end up at a village and here we are introduced to Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly), who has been staying on this island since World War 2. Hank brought in a few good laughs and kept the story going beautifully. Massive appreciation to John C. Reily for really nailing the character. Samuel L. Jackson’s character is a vengeful team leader who wants to honor the deaths of some of his team members, making him the antagonist facing off against Kong. While trying to get off this hellish island, the team encounters more than just a giant ape. Bloodthirsty animals and birds like saw-toothed lizards, giant yaks and spiders populate the land.

The film is plentiful with moments that kept me on the edge of my seat, like Kong destroying the helicopters from the sky like flies, and fighting off the big lizard creatures called Skull Crawlers. Credits should go to the direction by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, brilliant CGI and special effects work by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and many other factors. Also, let’s not forget the beautiful surround sound by Dolby Atmos + Vision, especially during a club scene when the main leads are conversing but you could still hear the background chatter from the extras. It almost felt like there was someone talking near me.

 

Review Verdict:

Awesome movie, and a must watch for the diehard fans of King Kong. Also, people who love realistic Visual effects and CGI will enjoy this movie. It’s definitely one of the best movies of Summer 2017.

And please do not leave the theater as soon as end credits start rolling. There’s an end credit scene that’s worth watching if you’re interested in the series.