Run time: 118 mins
The king of apes has had his story told many times since 1933. Here the fundamentals have been shuffled as Kong swaps out love and tragedy for a rumble in the jungle.
Apocalypse Now and Platoon may seem like odd sources to frame a monster movie and yet Skull Island makes it work mightily in its favour. Post Vietnam war, advancing satellite technology has revealed the existence of an island previously hidden by perpetual storm clouds. Bill Randa (John Goodman) head of the shady organization: Monarch (it popped up in the 2014 Godzilla) pulls together a team of scientists, adventurers and soldiers to visit this undiscovered country. Smooth mercenary James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) is first on board, followed by fearless war photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) and a platoon of airborne infantry led by Lieutenant Packard (Samuel L Jackson).
Of course, their first instinct is to carpet bomb seven bells out of the place, awakening all manner of lost exotic beasts, and the King himself. From that moment, very expensive looking B-movie antics ensue. Big and dumb and a ton of fun (research Jack Whiting) Real huge sets built on location, with only the ridic bits in CGI…! Fun. Come.