Verdict: The larger-than-life ape is the hero of this film.
The trailer of Kong: Skull Island was launched at the San Diego Comic-Con 2016. It met with an overwhelming response as it had been 11 years since the last Kong film released. It also boasted of a fabulous ensemble of actors and now that the movie has hit the theaters, it is safe to say that it was worth the long wait.
The government agent, Bill Randa (John Goodman) believes that the earth does not belong to humans and the animals are going to kill all mankind. He hires James Conrad Conard (Tom Hiddleston), former British Special Air Service Captain, to guide an expedition to map out Skull Island, an uncharted location. Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) and his troupes join in but know nothing about what lies ahead. With the aim to expose an illegal military operation, photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) decides to be a part of this journey. Unfortunately, she too is oblivious to the fact that their lives are in danger. Everything seems fine when they reach Skull Island till the mighty Kong begins destroying their helicopters, thus leaving them stranded. While finding a way back home, they encounter Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly), who reveals the truth behind Kong and the Skull Island.
Peter Jackson’s 2005 movie – King Kong – was a loved by one and all, and fans yearned for a revival of the series. Jordan Vogt-Roberts who has directed Kong: Skull Island took on the task, and boy, he doesn't disappoint. The film looks absolutely stunning and a few sequences will simply blow your mind. Kong and all the other creatures look real and their entry guarantees applause from the audience. Even though he wreaks havoc in the first half of the movie, Kong's backstory justifies his actions. He may look menacing but is all heart.
None of the actors are indispensable as the hero of the movie is Kong himself. Though Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston have little to do, they play their parts with utmost conviction. Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly get the better-written characters, who bring about the twists. Thomas Mann of the Me Earl and The Dying Girl fame manages to make you smile.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Kong: Skull Island is not a film with a heavy plot and that’s how it was meant to be. The special effects will leave you stunned and by the end of it, you will find yourself empathizing with Kong. He’s a monster to the villains but can give his life for the people who are good to him. Also, don’t leave the theater in a hurry as there’s a post-credit scene that drops interesting hints.