Who is the real monster? The man or the beast?
Kong: Skull Island is the second, after Godzilla that came out in 2014, of a series of new monster movies centred on giant super-species, both classic and new, and if the film about the Japanese lizard was a bit of a let down (or so we've heard), we can’t say the same about Kong.
Wowing audiences and getting mostly positive reviews (because haters gonna hate), Skull Island is the gorilla movie we have all been waiting for, action packed, beautiful visual effects, entertaining, and simply all around awesome.
It’s the beginning of 1973 and the US troops are just about to pull out of Vietnam when Lt Colonel Preston Packard gets assigned, together with his helicopter squadron, the Sky Devils, to a secret mission with group of scientists, a bad ass guide and a photojournalist to a never before seen or explored island to find out what’s on it. When our protagonists are flying over the perimeter and dropping bombs to determinate the state of the ground, the giant ape that lives there, Kong, is not so pleased with his not so friendly visitors.
As we would have if we were a 30m (almost 100ft) tall ape, Kong starts smacking the helicopters left, right and centre. The few people that didn’t get torn apart, eaten or smashed, are separated and they know that if they ever want to get back home they will need to reach the north side of the island where a resupply team will meet them there three days later – as it was decided before they started the expedition.
What follows is an amazeballs adventure for the whole family – Kong: Skull Island might be PG12 but it still has plenty of epic fights and explosions for the boys, eye candy bonanza for the ladies, and even a few pretty sweet deaths for who's into sick stuff (me!) like the one that reminded me of Cannibal Holocaust and a repeat of a classic Oldboy scene, acting wise everyone was on point and not a single complaint, special shoutout to Kong himself (you'd think a CGI great ape wouldn't be able to project emotions), not to mention the seriously groovy soundtrack, many laugh out loud moments, and also one or two tears... But that might be only me.