After being slightly disappointed by the last movie featuring King Kong (only because I believe that Jack Black was horribly miscast in the role), this was a refreshing change. I enjoy monster movie like “Kong: Skull Island”. Everything you need to know about the story is summed up in the briefing during the beginning of the movie. John Goodman always seems to impress me in his movie roles, with everything from “The Artist” to “10 Cloverfield Lane”. He always seems to bring that ‘oomph’ needed for a role, and this movie is no exception.
The story opens up with Bill Randa (John Goodman) trying to gain funding to explore an uncharted island for “geological testing”. With the aid of a military team, led by Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson), and photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), along with a local fighter James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), all are able to penetrate a wall of storms with the use of helicopters to access the island. Upon reaching the island, the trouble starts almost immediately. The main protector of the island, King Kong, objects to the sudden invasion of his island and attacks the helicopters.
Also on the island, the grounded crew encounter Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly), a stranded military man who has been stuck on the island for years. He has the most knowledge about King Kong, the island, and all its inhabitants. When the “geological tests” involve bombs, we learn Bill Randa’s true reason for wanting to come to the island, much to the disagreement of Packard. The bombs awaken creatures from underground. Now, the survivors must make it alive to the “pick-up point” on the other side of the island.
I enjoy monster movies like this. Movies like this are why people choose to go to the movies. After the “Godzilla” movie a few years ago, monster movies are making a great comeback to the cinema. With a great cast and excellent action scenes, this was an exciting time at the movies. It was enjoyable to see Tom Hiddleston break away from playing Loki in the “Avengers” movies. He played the role very well.
With John C. Reilly providing a bit of comic relief, it was a great blend of action and comedy. Off the top of my head, I can not recall anything negative about this movie. It exceeded my expectations. It will become obvious the direction that this movie intends to go if you stay after the end credits.
I repeat, stay after the end credits.
My Rating: A+