We were part of a select group of moviegoers that got invited to attend the M-Net Movies Night Out pre-screening of Kong: Skull Island, held recently at Ster-Kinekor Eastgate. It was a very well organized evening with cocktails and treats available in the cinema foyer. The screening took place in IMAX (my favorite way to watch movies) and we were very impressed with how well we treated by M-Net. Thank you once again for an awesome night out!
Kong: Skull Island #Review
“A compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”), the film tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong.” – Times Media
James Conrad TOM HIDDLESTON
Preston Packard SAMUEL L. JACKSON
Bill Randa JOHN GOODMAN
Mason Weaver BRIE LARSON
Runtime : 118 minutes
Age Restriction : 13 V
Release Date : 10 March 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed Kong: Skull Island. It’s a proper monster movie where the monsters are huge and terrifying and the humans are puny and fragile. The bulk of the movie was shot on location in Vietnam, Australia and Hawaii and the scenery is truly breathtaking. It actually gave you the feeling that the island is an uncredited cast member and they succeeded in creating a world so magnificent that you start wondering if there is really an island out there where Kong reigns supreme.
The one question that this movie leaves you with, is whether humans really belong here? We seem to go into unknown territories with guns blazing, messing up things for the creatures that already inhabits these areas and all we leave is destruction and pain. This is most certainly what it looks like in Kong: Skull Island but fortunately our main characters realize very early on that this might be the one time where we should re-think our scorched earth approach. I, for one, was relieved when I saw that the movie maker didn’t produce a re-hash of the age old story where King Kong gets transported to New York and cause havoc there. The scene where the bombers shoot him dead on top of the Empire State Building has always been one of the saddest in cinema history and thankfully this movie takes a completely different direction. It tells the story of Kong in a fresh new way and it gives a whole new dimension to him as a main monster in a movie.
Even though I was thoroughly entertained by this movie, I was a bit disappointed in how the male and female leads was written. Tom Hiddleston was absolutely brilliant in the Marvel movies but sadly his character didn’t have nearly as much charisma and savvy as his famous Loki character did. They also could have given Brie Larson a lot more to do than stare – she’s either staring in wonder at the island, staring in fear at Kong, staring in terror at the other monsters, …. You get my drift. She plays a badass war-time photographer and her character could have been amazing but she ends up being a damsel in distress, which I believe is very unfair to an actress of her caliber. With all that said, these issues were minor and didn’t detract from how entertaining the movie was.
The monsters might be a bit scary for the little ones so I would suggest that parents stick to the age restriction. And I hope that this is not a spoiler, but if so SPOILER ALERT….
You don’t wait two hours before you see Kong for the first time! It was one of the things that I really disliked about Peter Jackson’s movie – the main monster only came into the movie two hours in, and thankfully we don’t have to sit through something similar in Kong: Skull Island. Unconfirmed reports says that there is an after credits scene for this movie so stick around till the end of the credits roll to see if we’re getting it in SA, we didn’t see anything during this screening though.
All and all it’s a great movie and definitely worth your while to go see it in IMAX if you can, the 3D effect is exceptionally well utilized. It also sets up the sequel that we’re all waiting for with baited breath – Godzilla: King Of The Monsters! A truly connected Monsterverse has finally arrived and we’re loving every moment of it!