Written by: August Aguilar, Follow me on Twitter @AugustAA92, and YouTube
Get ready to take a trip to the 70’s and into the deep jungle of Skull Island and discover the true secret of King Kong.
Not Our World
As a huge fan of the Monster Movie genre, I am so pleased to see that Kong: Skull Island is a new movie I’ve been waiting for some time now. Not only do we get an enjoyable feature, but we are also shown the bridge to connect Gareth Edward’s Godzilla and it’s upcoming MonsterVerse, with the ultimate showdown of Kong vs Godzilla in 2020. It’s been awhile since Peter Jackson’s King Kong, and although that was a (long) treat itself, I’m always craving more action, more destruction, more Kong.
If you are a fan of Monster Movies, or King Kong in general, then you will be very satisfied with this new iteration of the character. From the very start of the movie, we are given a glimpse of Kong and what kind of energy he brings to the movie. It’s thrilling to see how detailed and gigantic the creature is, and it’s so much fun to watch him work.
Kong: Skull Island differs than any of the previous Kong movies though. If you’re expecting a film crew coming to the island with a damsel in distress, and capturing the giant monkey to take back to New York City for the infamous tower scene, don’t hold your breath. Instead, we are shown the motive of the operation to head to the jungle. In the 1970’s, a group called MONARCH (which is in 2014’s Godzilla) attempts to get an expedition funded to travel to Skull Island to prove the existence of monsters. Once they are approved, they hire a military escort to bring them to the island and protect them from whatever is there. The motive of the group throughout the film is to discover these beings, and to prove that they were right, and they don’t have to bring back the monkey to do so.
If there is one thing I really enjoyed about this film is the aesthetic the director made throughout the story, editing, and music. Set in the 70’s, the soundtrack to the film and what the crew members listen to, is pure classic rock by the likes of Black Sabbath, David Bowie, and others. The creative flow of the music to the shots makes it a very fun and groovy way to go along with the movie, but it is instantly shut down when Kong discovers the escort dropping bombs on the island and tears down every single one of them from the sky.
This is where we see Kong shine. He is massive, the biggest incarnation of the monster than before. He is depicted as a God on the island, and it truly shows that he is the protector of his land. As he tears down each helicopter in the sky, he shows no mercy and literally eats some of the falling passengers. As the film progresses we see a lot more Kong as he fights other insane looking creatures on the island like a giant Octopus and the lizard looking monsters called Skull Crawlers. These fights are fun and brutal to watch, and it’s amazing to see the kind of special effects they are able to use to bring this action to life. Kong also shows him sympathy side as well though, which is ultimately a common theme that monster shows. He is not the enemy, just the protector of his land. When Lawson’s character is in danger, he does save and protect her during the fight.
If there’s one thing that Kong doesn’t succeed at though, is it’s lack of colorful characters. The cast is an all-star roster: Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleson, Brie Lawson (mini-Avengers here), Toby Kebbell, John Goodman, and John C. Reily. Jackson plays the stereotypical guy who gets pissed off and is on a revenge streak, and his only intent throughout the movie is to kill Kong after killing his men. Although Hiddleson and Lawson make great partners on camera, they are the typical Alpha Male and Female of the group with no real substance. However, fans will instantly love and cherish John C. Reily’s character throughout the movie as the comedic relief and the only one with a sense of a greater purpose. It’s nice to see all of these actors together, but besides Reily, I would have much rather have more Kong.
Finally, the themes of the movie are of course Nature vs Man and Beast vs Man. The ever longing promise that “this world doesn’t belong to us” indicates from get go that Earth has always had creatures and land that inhibited the world before mankind settled in. These imaginative creatures and beasts are all part of a natural picture and it is only a matter of time that they rise again and take back what is there. The Beast vs Man aspect is who really is King? Man or Kong? Jackson’s character tries to show that man is always supreme, but of course as the rest of the group comes to find out, Kong is the natural leader and protector of Skull Island, and nothing will stop him.
Final Score: 8/10
*End Credit Scene Spoiler Alert*
So the moment I was anxiously awaiting for is the end credit scene after the movie. The scene shows Hiddleson’s and Lawson’s character in an interrogation room saying that they won’t tell anyone about the island, and then enters MONARCH. The scientists begin to explain that Kong isn’t the only monster they know about and their world is much bigger. They then begin to show pictures of none other than Godzilla, Mothra, Roden, and King Ghidorah! The exclusive reveal is so satisfying it left a great feeling afterwards, but an even better one with Godzilla’s roar to end the scene.
With Godzillas: King of Monsters coming out in 2019, I’m expecting to see the likes of Mothra and Roden as Godzilla’s enemies. My theory is by 2020, when Kong somehow meets Godzilla and they throw down, King Ghidorah steps in and starts reeking havoc on both of them, and they must work together to stop the beast.
Are you excited for the upcoming MonsterVerse? What did you think of Kong: Skull Island? Let us know in the comments below!