Review: KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017)

Canadian Cinephile

KONG: SKULL ISLAND is a franchise movie designed to prop up yet another expanded universe. It’s the second film in Legendary’s so-called MonsterVerse, with the 2014 GODZILLA reboot the first entry. This 2017 picture is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and features a screenplay by committee, with the 1933 original serving as distant, distant inspiration. It is devoid of refinement and splendour, serving instead as a monster smackdown movie with rough and creepy creatures mucking around an island alongside a colossal ape.

The picture finds government agent Bill Randa (John Goodman) and geologist Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) gathering support for a journey to the mysterious Skull Island. They tap a tracker (Tom Hiddleston) and a military escort fresh from the Vietnam War to assist, while a photojournalist (Brie Larson) tags along. The island wastes little time revealing its secrets, with a gigantic ape and a throng of other creatures causing havoc…

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