Ever since my dad took me to see the 1976 version of King Kong, I've been obsessed with the big ape. I've watched every iteration of the story I could get my eyes on, including the ill-advised 2005 Peter Jackson update.
So, it was with great excitement that I waited for the return of the King this year.
The wait was worth it.
Kong: Skull Island
is the King Kong movie we've been waiting for every since Kong was gunned down from the top of the Empire State Building in 1933.
This slick update finds our requisite band of explorers (and soldiers) venturing to Skull Island in the waning days of the Vietnam War. That alone gives the whole movie an Apocalypse Now vibe that livens up the proceedings.
The cast is top notch and includes Tom Hiddleston,
Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman Brie Larson and John C. Reilly.
And let's just talk about Kong for a moment, shall we? This isn't a bigger than life gorilla. No, this Kong, the Kong of the evolving Monster-verse is a titan, a force of nature, a god. He's bigger than he's ever been dwarfing all who stand before him. It's an especially cool scene when we first lay eyes on the ape and get an idea of exactly how big he really is.
Vogt-Roberts directed the film from a story by John Gatins and Dan Gilroy and a screenplay by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein.
To fully immerse audiences in the mysterious Skull Island, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and his team filmed across three continents over six months, capturing its primordial landscapes on Oahu, Hawaii, Australia’s Gold Coast and Vietnam, filming across multiple locations, some of which have never before been seen on film.
I can't really say enough good things about this one. All I can say is watch this movie. Buy this movie.
Hail to the King!