Kong: Skull Island is the latest movie featuring the legendary character King Kong. The movie takes place in 1973 right after the withdrawal from Vietnam. Bill Randa (John Goodman) arranges a team of scientists and soldiers to travel to a mysterious island for research. The leader of the military escort is Preston Packard (Samuel L Jackson), a lifetime soldier that welcomes another tour of duty. Randa also hired tracker James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and reporter Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) to lend their expertise on the journey. Once arriving to the island, they soon realize danger is all around them. This movie is amazing and a great addition to the monster genre. There are so many different layers that this movie brings. The comparison between Vietnam and Skull Island is very noticeable. Also, the theme of powerful men blindly leading other people into war runs throughout the film. Packard’s character has a Captain Ahab/Moby Dick relationship to Kong and underscores an inability to find peace. Jackson’s performance is outstanding as well as John C. Reilly in the film. Reilly’s performance as Hank Marlow, a fighter pilot that has been on Skull Island since World War II, is Oscar worthy in my opinion. There is a lot of good action scenes and was well directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. I definitely recommend people to watch this movie (wait through the credits when you do).
Rating: 8.9 out of 10