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.