Movie Review: Kong-Skull Island
KONG: SKULL ISLAND is a reboot of the entire King Kong series and while the movie stands on it's own it is really a prequel to the highly anticipated 2020 movie, KING KONG vs GODZILLA. This Kong is badder and, literally, bigger than the original Kong introduced in the 1933 classic. (To make him equal to Godzilla's dimensions the new King Kong has gone from a 30 ft ape to a 300 ft gorilla. That's one big monkey!)
In SKULL ISLAND, set in the 1970's, scientists find a previously unknown island and set out to explore its mysteries, but the trip of discovery turns into a trip for survival when the team awakens the mighty Kong.
John Goodman plays the scientist, who knows a bit more about the island than he is telling, Samuel L. Jackson plays Lieutenant Colonel Packard, fresh off a tour of duty in Vietnam, and Brie Larson plays Mason Weaver, the beauty who captures the heart of the beast.
There are some cool giant monsters on the island, the best are the skull crawlers; giant monsters that look like bats with alligator beaks. The skull crawlers are Kong's biggest nemesis in the movie and the climactic scene has Kong in a death match with a giant skull crawlers who emerges from the sea!
SKULL ISLAND is not a great movie, but it's a fun movie. It's two hours of suspense and adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The movie is rated "PG-13" for violence and on my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I rate KONG: SKULL ISLAND a LARGE.