Kong – Still King

The tale of King Kong is not a new one to hit theaters.  There have been several movies about the beast and either about man intruding on his land or him wreaking havoc on man’s land.  There is even a movie about him vs Godzilla.  Either way Kong: Skull Island isn’t new.  Yet the idea of this mythical beast and what he and the story represent does not seem like it will be going out of style anytime soon.

This Kong movie takes place right on the heels of the Vietnam War. An exploration team and their army backup head to an uncharted island off the Pacific in order to survey the island.  Of course not everyone one on the mission is there for the same reasons. These other reasons are to look for monsters or the original habitants of this planet.  5 minutes on the island and a couple of seismic bombs later, the team meets Kong.  Kong kills most of the team, swatting their airplanes straight out the sky, stepping on them and he even eats one guy.  Kong did what Kong does in every movie and what is a natural instinct to both man and animal and that is defend himself and his home.

Throughout the rest of the movie we learn that there are people who are indigenous to the land, there is a survivor from WWII who crashed on the island, there are giant lizards who are the natural enemy of Kong and we see Samuel L. Jackson play a really good crazy. That is really the gist of the movie.

Is anyone really going to see Kong: Skull Island for a story?  The story doesn’t change, just refreshed for this generation.  Its about the battles and the action and Kong saving the girl.  This movie delivers on that end.  There is a lot of bang, lots of fire, explosions, gruesome deaths and a serious fight scene between a giant gorilla and lizard.  The visuals are very good and all the creatures, especially Kong, look very real.

Or you can be like me and see a story in this tale.  A story about how nothing can be bigger or better than man and how man does not respect nature.  A movie that makes you question at what point do you stop being a solider and be your own man.  After watching it tonight, I realized that this is not a movie for an animal sympathizer such as myself.  I am sure that no real animals were harmed in the making of this film (better not have been), and to my understanding there is no such island with giant gorillas, spiders, water buffalos, lizards or a lost civilization of people.  Nonetheless, I shed a tear for the massive creature named Kong and applauded when he killed the man trying to blow him up.

I suggest you see the movie and draw your own conclusions.  If you are like me and have seen your share of King Kong, you can probably wait till the DVD to see this one.

Kong: Shull Island is officially out in theaters 3/10/17 and stars John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, John C. Reilly and Brie Larson.

Logan -Saving the best for last?

Spoiler Alert!!  There is nothing at the end of the movie after credits but there is a Deadpool 2 short before the movie begins.

The anticipated “last” Wolverine movie is finally out in theaters.  With a new rating of R, the movie steps it up a notch story wise, action, and character development.  Rating the movie R allowed for this movie to be more adult, have more umph and a lot more cursing.  This movie would make one who knows nothing of Marvel almost forget it is based on a comic.  In my opinion, this is the best Wolverine movie out of the bunch.

Logan opens in the year 2029 with an old and sick Logan.  Throughout the movie it is pointed how something inside of Logan is making him sick (possible the adamantium).  It is taking him longer and longer to heal (which is why he is aged), he cant see, he is coughing throughout the entire movie and he is carrying an adamantium bullet on him.  What can all this mean?  He dies at the end.

But before he dies, there is a lot of great action scences and a good story being told that is best understood and appreciated if seen in theaters.  I can not explain or give any real justice to how awesome the fight scenes are in this movie.  I flinched for most of them because those scenes are so gory.

Year 2029 and besides Logan, a sick Charles (Prof X) and an Albino mutant tracker (Caliban), there are no more mutants.  Logan is hiding Charles and keeping him doped up on medication to help control his deadly seizures and to keep his mind fogged.  Next X-Men movie will explain?  Mutant children are being genetically engineered and bred to be soldiers by the corporation Transient.  However the children are seen as liability and Transigen decides to terminate the children.  When the children escape (because it is a movie and they have to escape), a nurse from the facility tracks down Logan so that he can help bring one of the mutant children to a place called Eden.  Laura is biologically Logan’s daughter, even though she was born and raised at Transigen.  Laura has Logan’s mutation, the adamantium and the aggression.  With much reluctance, Logan agrees to help Laura and him, Laura and Charles go on the run from the people hunting Laura and the rest of the escaped children.

Two and a half hours into the movie, we finally meet the rest of the escaped children and one of them might have Magento’s power (it was very exciting to watch).  The final fight scene is between Logan and his clone X-24 (both played by Hugh Jackman).  Laura kills the clone using the adamantium bullet but not before the clone impales Logan on a branch where he “dies”. The children bury Logan and in doing so, they bury the last of the X-Men.

The children get away, the doctor who created them (he is the son of the man who put the adamantium  in Logan) is dead so now what?  A movie about the children?  In a world that was mutant free, there are now mutants.  Is Logan really dead?  The movie set that ending up from the very beginning but Logan can heal even if very very slowly.  There has to be a X-Men movie that leads up to this movie because there are so many answers to unasked questions.  Will Hugh Jackman still play Logan or will the Wolverine  be recast?  This movie sets up a lot of possibilities for some great Marvel movies.   Let us all hope we are not disappointed.

Until then, go and see Logan at your local Regal theater!

Hidden Figures…Giving overdo credit to women I’m ashamed to have never learned of.

Hidden Figures the movie is based on the true story of Black Girl Magic.  Rated PG and starring Tarji P Henson as Katherine Johnson, Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson and Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan, the movie shines light on the integral and invaluable part that these three women played in making American history.  Mrs. Katherine Johnson, Mrs. Mary Jackson and Mrs. Dorothy Vaughan, broke stereotypes, changed the rules and defied the standards within NASA.

The movie is about three genius, beautiful, hardworking and determined black women who despite living in a segregated state, made a way for themselves and other women, Black or otherwise, to excel within NASA.  Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Dorothy and Mrs. Johnson were the brains of NASA, literally.  Considered “computers”, they did the math, ALL the calculations needed to send an astronaut successfully into space and all while only using rulers, very big calculators and most importantly their beautiful minds.

The movie is awe inspiring.  Even though I don’t have that type of mind for math, it was much more than that.  Katherine Johnson trusted in herself and what she knew she could do to prove that she was beyond able but necessary to the team and success of the work.  Dorothy Vaughan saw that there wasn’t a position for her so she made her own position and left no women behind when she moved on. Mrs. Mary Jackson saw that the “qualifications” didn’t apply to her or anyone like her so she fought the law so that she could become “qualified” and started a route that other women would be able to follow.  You don’t need to have their mathematic aptitude to have the courage, determination, and spirit that they possessed.  It is something that I wish all my young Blacks girls to have and to let nothing and no one stand in the way.

Tarji P Henson and Octavia Spencer shined (as usual) and I am so happy to see Janelle Monae on the big screen so soon again.  She is a talented musician and I am glad that the world gets to see that talent transfer on the screen.  Ms. Monae might actually be a robot named Cindi … hmmm?  

And that’s all I’m giving you.  The movie is worth seeing in theaters, worth the price tag of an adult ticket. It was worth me seeing on a Thursday and worth you seeing ASAP.  Also make sure to download the soundtrack.  Musical genius Pharrell Williams outdoes himself yet again.