Kong: Skull Island, When The 100 Foot-Tall Ape Got Political


When Marvel starts creating their superhero universe, no one ever surely believe it will be a success. But, time answers it and many big studios in Hollywood start their own universe. DC Extended Universe is the most anticipated universe for the future. DC builds the universe when Man of Steel released on theater in 2008, then Batman V Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Batman will follow. Besides that, Monsterverse from Legendary Studio is also worthed to wait. The beginning is here when they release Kong: Skull Island, and it will continue to Godzilla vs Kong in 2019. The film is the first installment and hopefully it will be good to watch.

The film starts back on 1944, when two fighter pilots, one American and the other Japanese, were stranded on a mysterious island in the South Pacific. They were in a fight, a close hand to hand combat, before a monster suddenly came and interrupted them. This may be the reason why in 1973, US Government, Agent Randa, hired former British Special Air Service Captain James Conrad to lead the expedition to the island known as “Skull Island”. Agent Randa also recruited Sky Devils, a Vietnam veteran helicopter squadron led by Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard. Along with them, a photojournalist Mason Weaver, also joined the expedition in the mission to expose the secret operation of her government. After arriving on the Skull Island, the team dropped explosives to map out the ground. Suddenly, a 100 foot-tall bipedal ape known as “Kong” came out and attack them. Some died but the rest had to survive for three days while hoping for the resupply. At that time, Randa knew that the only reason why he was here is to prove the existence of forgotten monsters.

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The remaining people then met local Iwi natives, Hank Marlow. He was actually the American pilot who crash-landed on the island in 1944. He explained that The Ape was known as “Kong”. It is the guardian of the island and he attacked them to prevent the awakening of Skullcrawler. The team then set off down to the river but it leads them to the battleground between Kong’s ancestors and the Skullcrawlers. The Skullcrawler came out all of sudden, massacring many soldiers before Weaver kills it by triggering an explosion. Packard blamed Kong for the death of his men. He then used seismic explosives to lure Kong into a trap and kill Kong but Weaver saved it. However, the other Skullcrawler, known as Alpha Skullcrawler attack them. Kong rescued and them. He fought the Skullcrawler with the aid from Conrad and the team. Kong defeated it by ripping its guts out through its mouth. Randa, Weaver and other humans were leaving the island after the horrific expedition on the island. However, Conrad and Weaver revealed that Kong is not the only monster to roam the world. There other giant monsters out there and humanity should be ready for that.


Just like Godzilla, King Kong is one of the popular giant monsters on the big screen. The apes have firstly appeared in 1933 and now we have Kong: Skull Island on theater. I cannot compare it head to head with the original material because the plot is very different. If the King Kong is more talking about the monster itself, the new Kong film is mostly about mankind discover the creatures much stronger than them. Now it involves more political sentiment when starting the expedition to Skull Island. I do not say it is not good, but it just makes it less emotional than the original. Since it features many monsters, of course, the action is surely there and gloriously shot. The CGI and visual effect is the first rate. No doubt in that part. But, for me, it is just entertaining. The Godzilla (2014) and Godzilla Resurgence are even better.

Producers : Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Alex Garcia
Directors : Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Writers : Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly
Starring : Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary, John C. Reilly

Overall Rating: 4.0 of 5

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