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The king returns to the big screen in Kong: Skull Island

posted Mar 14, 2017, 6:13 AM by Jeffrey Wolf

By: Robby Timmler, Staff Writer

Posted March 14th, 2017

Kong: Skull Island is the return of classic movie monster King Kong. The story is that in 1973, a team of scientists led by Bill Randa (played by John Goodman) found a satellite image of an uncharted island that is rumored to possess many unknown creatures. So Bill recruits Air Force Sergeant Preston Packard (played by Samuel L. Jackson) to help in air transport and protection, along with tracker James Conrad (played by Tom Hiddleston), and photojournalist Mason Weaver (played by Brie Larson). The team planned to stay on the island for three days and then leave on the north side of the island. Once the team arrived to the island, they used bombs to get a geological scope of the land, which leads to Kong destroying the helicopters and killing some of Sergeant Packard’s men. During the attack, Packard, along with Bill, get separated from James and Mason. This eventually leads James and Mason to Hank Marlow (played by John C. Reilly) who crash-landed on the island during WWII and has been stuck there for 32 years, but was able to survive thanks to the people of the island. With Hank’s help, James and Mason strive to make it to the north side of the island without getting killed.

Kong: Skull Island is a nice addition to the King Kong series. The action is entertaining and amazing when Kong is smacking down monsters or helicopters. The acting is good, especially from Samuel L. Jackson--playing a man who only knows war--and John C. Reilly, who shows the heart of the story with how joyful he is to finally have a chance to leave the island and return to his family. John C. Reilly also adds some humor to the film that lightens up the grisly mood. The use of CGI (Computer Generated Images) are great, especially King Kong himself, who looks very real and amazing when showing at full length. The weakness of Kong: Skull Island is that the side characters are a little undeveloped and give off the feel that they're just there to be killed. Kong: Skull Island gets 9/10 stars.