Kong: Skull Island (2017)

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Kong: Skull Island
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni,
Mary Parent
Written by Max Borenstein, John Gatins,
Dan Gilroy, Derek Connolly
Music by Henry Jackman
Distributor Warner Bros.
Rating PG-13
Budget $185,000,000[1]
Box Office $168,052,812
(U.S. Earnings)
$398,600,000
(Foreign Earnings)
$566,652,812
(Total Earnings)
Running Time 118 minutes
(1 hour, 58 minutes)
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
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All Hail the King „ 

— Tagline

Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American giant monster film produced by Legendary Pictures that serves as an origin story for King Kong, and is the second entry in the MonsterVerse. The film was released to American theaters on March 10, 2017.

Description

"The year is 1973. Somewhere in our world, it is said that there exists a wondrous island unspoiled by man – a land shrouded in mystery, where myth runs wild. Uncharted and undiscovered.

When the secretive organization known as Monarch identify this destination as the origin point for mysterious new superspecies, they mount an expedition to discover its secrets.

What they find on Skull Island is an adventure beyond any human experience. An exotic paradise of wonders and terrors, where flora and fauna have fused together into an Eden of otherworldly jungle creatures.

As one group fights to escape and the other declares war on Kong, we discover that the mighty primate is at the center of a battle for dominion over the island, locked into a ‘survival of the fittest’ face-off with the terrifying apex predators responsible for wiping out his kin.

Driven by vengeance, Kong will become nature’s fury, and fight to take his rightful place upon the throne of most powerful beast on the island, revealing the story of how Kong became King."[2]

Plot

After crash-landing on Skull Island in 1944, American fighter pilot Hank Marlow and Japanese pilot Gunpei Ikari engage in a fight to the death. After Ikari gains the upper hand and prepares to fatally stab Marlow with a dagger, a colossal ape appears over a cliff, leading the two shocked men to end their struggle.

In 1973, the scientific organization Monarch organizes an expedition to Skull Island, escorted by the Sky Devils helicopter squadron led by Lt. Colonel Preston Packard. Once the helicopters carrying the expedition members clear the storm cell surrounding the island and begin flying over land, they immediately begin dropping seismic charges onto the ground below, allegedly to map the island. The explosions draw out Kong, the giant ape who Marlow and Ikari had seen years earlier, who responds by throwing a tree through one of the choppers. The remaining choppers form a perimeter around Kong and open fire on him. The bullets do little more than irritate Kong, who proceeds to rip the Huey helicopters out of the sky and smash them, although Kong suffers several painful wounds to his right arm and hand after he attempts to grab the CH-53 Sea Stallion by its rotor blades. After downing all of the choppers, Kong wanders back off into the jungle. Kong eventually reaches a river, where he notices the wounds he had sustained from the choppers' rotor blades. Kong winces in pain briefly before beginning to drink from the lake. Suddenly, Kong realizes that a Mire Squid is in the water and grabs one of the creature's tentacles. The Mire Squid then attacks Kong with all of its tentacles, trying to strangle him to death. Kong is able to crush the creature's head under his foot and kill it, then proceeds to eat several of its tentacles. Kong then grabs the squid's carcass and drags it away, presumably back to his lair.

After meeting Marlow, some of the surviving expedition members are brought back to the village of the island's indigenous tribe, the Iwis. There, Marlow explains that Kong was perceived as a god by the islanders, and generally acted as a guardian on the island that kept the most dangerous creatures there under control. He states that the reason Kong attacked the helicopters was because the seismic charges they dropped had drawn creatures he called Skullcrawlers to the surface. According to Marlow, Skullcrawlers are the most vicious and dangerous animals on the island, and are responsible for killing Kong's family. At this time, Kong is being attacked by two Skullcrawlers, but is able to easily dispatch the two smaller creatures. One of the expedition members, Mason Weaver, finds a Sker Buffalo pinned underneath a downed helicopter and tries to free it, only for Kong to arrive and free the buffalo himself. Kong gives Weaver an indifferent glance and simply wanders off.

After surviving an encounter with a Skullcrawler and several Leafwings, Weaver and James Conrad stand atop a cliff and look out over the island, only to witness Kong approach them. To their surprise, Kong does not seem violent or aggressive at all, and even allows Weaver to place her hand on his face. Suddenly, explosions appear over the distance, and Kong immediately races toward them. Weaver and Conrad know that Packard and his men are setting a trap for Kong, intending to kill him. The two of them, joined by Marlow, rush to the scene to try and save Kong. When Kong arrives at the scene of the explosions, he sees Packard and his men in the distance. As Kong crosses a lake to reach them, Packard ignites the napalm he had dumped into the water, causing the entire lake to erupt into flames. Kong swings his arm angrily at the water, causing the flaming napalm to hit some of the soldiers, before collapsing onto the ground. Packard places leftover seismic charges around Kong, preparing to finish him, but Weaver, Conrad and Marlow arrive and aim their guns at him, demanding for him to stop. Packard refuses, and is prepared to detonate the charges and blow them all sky high, when suddenly a gigantic Skullcrawler erupts from the lake. Everyone except Packard flees, while Kong regains consciousness and promptly smashes Packard under his fist. The Skullcrawler attacks Kong, and the humans are forced to leave the giant ape to his fate.

The following morning, as the surviving expedition members near the extraction point on the north side of the island, they are confronted by the giant Skullcrawler. Fortunately, Kong arrives and smashes the monster in the face with a boulder. Kong engages in battle with the Skullcrawler, buying time for the humans to get to safety. The weakened Kong simply is not a match for the Skullcrawler, and is knocked into an old shipwreck and entangled in its anchor chain. Weaver manages to reach a vantage point and fires a flare into the Skullcrawler's eye, enraging it and drawing it away from Kong. Kong finally breaks free of the chain, and manages to create a makeshift flail when it becomes entangled with the ship's propeller. Kong swings the flail at the Skullcrawler, embedding the propeller into its back. Kong pulls the propeller out and slices the creature across its throat, seemingly killing it. During the struggle, the cliff where Weaver is standing is destroyed, and she falls into the water below. Kong pulls Weaver out of the water and takes a second to stare at her in his hand, only for the Skullcrawler to get back up and clamp its jaws onto his arm. Kong battles the Skullcrawler again, trying to keep Weaver away from its mouth, but the beast uses its prehensile tongue to pull Kong's hand, with Weaver held in it, down its throat. Mustering all his strength, Kong pulls his hand free of the Skullcrawler's gullet, ripping out the beast's innards and killing it instantly. Kong gently sets Weaver down on the ground, while Conrad immediately runs to her to ensure she is okay. As Weaver regains consciousness and embraces Conrad, Kong looks back at the two of them before walking away. Once the survivors are finally rescued from the island, Kong stands triumphantly in his domain, beating his chest and letting out a mighty roar.

Marlow is reunited with his family in Chicago, where he finally meets his son. But before Conrad and Weaver can go home, they are interrogated in a Monarch facility where fellow expedition members Houston Brooks and Lin San show them photographs of old cave paintings depicting Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah as proof that Kong is not the only ancient monster who still walks the Earth.

Staff

A transcript of Kong: Skull Island's end credits is available on SciFi Japan.

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Director   Jordan Vogt-Roberts
  • Writers   Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly
  • Story   John Gatins
  • Producers   Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Alex Garia
  • Executive Producers   Edward Cheng, Eric McLeod
  • Music   Henry Jackman
  • Cinematography   Larry Fong
  • Edited by   Bob Murawski, Richard Pearson, Christian Wagner
  • Production Design by   Stefan Dechant
  • Special Effects by   Tosin Akinwoye
  • Director of Photography   Larry Fong
  • Animation Supervisor   Scott Benza
  • Visual Effects Supervisor   Jeff White
  • Costume Designer   Mary E. Vogt
  • Sound Designer   Al Nelson, Pete Horner

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Tom Hiddleston   as   Captain James Conrad
  • Samuel L. Jackson   as   Lt. Col. Preston Packard
  • Brie Larson   as   Mason Weaver
  • John C. Reilly   as   Lt. Hank Marlow
  • John Goodman   as   Bill Randa
  • Corey Hawkins   as   Houston Brooks
  • John Ortiz   as   Victor Nieves
  • Jing Tian   as   Lin San
  • Toby Kebbell   as   Maj. Jack Chapman / Kong (facial reference)
  • Jason Mitchell   as   Warrant Officer Glen Mills
  • Shea Whigham   as   Capt. Earl Cole
  • Thomas Mann   as   Warrant Officer Reg Slivko
  • Eugene Cordero   as   Reles
  • Marc Evan Jackson   as   Landsat Steve
  • Will Brittain   as   Young Marlow / Marlow's Son
  • MIYAVI   as   Gunpei Ikari
  • Richard Jenkins   as   Senator Willis
  • Allyn Rachel   as   Secretary O'Brien
  • Robert Taylor   as   Athena Captain
  • James Michael Connor}   as   General Ward (voice)
  • Thomas Middleditch   as   Jerry (voice)
  • Brady Novak   as   Base Guard
  • Peter Karinen   as   Chinook Pilot
  • Brian Sacca   as   Chinook Co-Pilot
  • Joshua Funk   as   Seismic Soldier
  • Daniel Malone, Glenn Kiwi Hall   as   Boat Captains
  • Garreth Hadfield   as   Crew Chief
  • Shannon Brimelow   as   Kamikaze Pilot
  • Jon Quested   as   Dead Pilot
  • Korey Williams   as   Sunglasses Pilot
  • Dat Phan   as   Bar Thug
  • Cynthy Wu   as   Thug's Girlfriend
  • Beth Kennedy   as   Marlow's Wife
  • Bryan Chojnowski   as   Chicago Taxi Driver
  • Terry Notary   as   Kong (motion capture)

Appearances

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Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles and Races


Production

Main article: Kong: Skull Island/Development.

Gallery

Main article: Kong: Skull Island/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Kong: Skull Island - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Alternate Titles

  • King Kong: Giant God of Skull Island (キングコング:髑髏島の巨神,   Kingu Kongu: Dokurotou-no-Kyoshin?, Japan)
  • Kong: Skeleton Island (金剛‬:骷髏島 Jīngāng‬: Kūlóu dǎo, China)

Theatrical Releases

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  • United States - March 10, 2017   [view poster]American poster
  • Belgium - March 8, 2017
  • Egypt - March 8, 2017
  • France - March 8, 2017
  • Argentina - March 9, 2017
  • Austria - March 9, 2017
  • Brazil - March 9, 2017
  • Chile - March 9, 2017
  • Czech Republic - March 9, 2017
  • Serbia - March 9, 2017
  • Germany - March 9, 2017
  • Denmark - March 9, 2017
  • Georgia - March 9, 2017
  • Greece - March 9, 2017
  • Croatia - March 9, 2017
  • Hungary - March 9, 2017
  • Israel - March 9, 2017
  • Italy - March 9, 2017
  • South Korea - March 9, 2017
  • Kazakhstan - March 9, 2017
  • Netherlands - March 9, 2017
  • Philippines - March 9, 2017
  • Portugal - March 9, 2017
  • Russia - March 9, 2017


  • Singapore - March 9, 2017
  • Slovakia - March 9, 2017
  • Australia - March 10, 2017
  • Bulgaria - March 10, 2017
  • Canada - March 10, 2017
  • Estonia - March 10, 2017
  • Spain - March 10, 2017
  • Finland - March 10, 2017
  • United Kingdom - March 10, 2017
  • Hong Kong - March 10, 2017
  • Ireland - March 10, 2017
  • Lithuania - March 10, 2017
  • Norway - March 10, 2017
  • New Zealand - March 10, 2017
  • Poland - March 10, 2017
  • Romania - March 10, 2017
  • Sweden - March 10, 2017
  • Turkey - March 10, 2017
  • Taiwan - March 10, 2017   [view poster]Taiwanese poster
  • Vietnam - March 10, 2017
  • South Africa - March 10, 2017
  • China - March 24, 2017   [view poster]Chinese poster
  • Japan - March 25, 2017  [view poster]Japanese poster


IMAX Release

Kong: Skull Island was released in IMAX on March 10, 2017, in addition to 2D and 3D releases.

Reception

Kong: Skull Island currently has a 77% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 286 reviews.[3] The site's Critical Consensus reads, "Offering exhilarating eye candy, solid acting, and a fast-paced story, Kong: Skull Island earns its spot in the movie monster's mythos without ever matching up to the classic original." On Metacritic, it has a score of 62, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[4]

Video Releases

Warner Bros. DVD/Blu-ray + DVD + Digital copy/Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital copy/4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital copy (2017)

  • Region: Various
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: English, Latin Spanish, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese (Dolby Atmos for 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, and Blu-ray; Dolby Digital 5.1 for DVD)
  • Subtitles: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French, Canadian French, Brazilian Portuguese
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, deleted scenes, six featurettes ("Creating a King: Realizing an Icon," "Creating a King: Summoning a God," "Monarch Files 2.0," "Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid Traveler," "Through the Lens: Brie Larson’s Photography," and "On Location: Vietnam")
  • Notes: The listed audio and subtitle options are for the U.S. releases. Brazilian Portuguese is not an option on the DVD. The Target Blu-ray bundle includes a seventh featurette, titled "A Terrifying Paradise: Creating Skull Island."

Jordan Vogt-Roberts recorded a second, more comedic audio commentary with actors Jason Mitchell, Thomas Mann, Eugene Cordero, and Marc Evan Jackson, which is available exclusively through iTunes.

Videos

Main article: Kong: Skull Island/Videos.


Trivia

  • According to director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the first script of the film that he read took place in 1917. Vogt-Roberts later conceived the idea of setting the film during the Vietnam War after talking with Legendary Pictures. When he pitched the idea, Vogt-Roberts told Empire that he thought Legendary would "laugh [him] out of the room," but to his surprise Legendary liked the idea and the setting was changed.[5]
    • Max Borenstein's script also gave the expedition to Skull Island a different motive: the brother of Tom Hiddleston's character was marooned there while searching for a "Titan Serum" capable of curing all disease.[6]
  • Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts did not want there to be any living dinosaurs in the film because, in his words, "Jurassic World owns that as far as I'm concerned, and Peter Jackson's version did such a great job with that V-Rex fight. So I don't want to retread on that at all."[7]
  • Kong: Skull Island is the first King Kong film released in 3D, although like Godzilla it was not filmed in 3D, but post-converted.
  • One IMAX poster for this film is patterned after the poster for the film Apocalypse Now. In addition, the character James Conrad is most likely named after Joseph Conrad, author of Heart of Darkness, the novella upon which Apocalypse Now is based, while the character Hank Marlow is most likely named after Marlow, the book's protagonist.
  • Kong: Skull Island was the first major motion picture to film a significant number of scenes in Vietnam.[8]
  • The beached ship repurposed as an Iwi shrine to Kong, the SS Wanderer, is named after the boat that travels to Skull Island in the novelization of the original 1933 film.[9] Hank Marlow states that the Wanderer came to the island about a decade before his own arrival in 1944.
  • The names of the U.S. Senator and his secretary that Randa and Houston Brooks meet with at the beginning of the film are Willis and O'Brien, respectively, a reference to Willis O'Brien, who created the stop-motion effects that brought Kong and the other creatures to life in the original 1933 film.
    • One of the documents that Randa presents to Senator Willis mentions "Cooper Schoedsack," named after the original King Kong's co-directors, Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack.
  • Kong: Skull Island marks the first official appearance of Godzilla in a non-Godzilla kaiju film. However, it is not Godzilla's first ever appearance in any non-Godzilla film, as Godzilla made a cameo in Toho's Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 in 2007.
    • Kong: Skull Island also marks the first ever appearances of Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah in a film not produced by Toho.
  • One version of the film's post-credit sequence involved the characters watching Godzilla surface in the Arctic Ocean.[10] It was rejected because Godzilla stated that he had not been sighted since 1954.
  • Kong: Skull Island is the first American-made live-action King Kong film where Kong is not killed or seemingly killed at the film's end.
    • This is also the only live-action King Kong film where Kong never leaves his island and is brought to a modern civilization.
  • The version of Kong in this film is the largest incarnation of Kong featured in an American film, standing 104 feet tall, while past incarnations have either been around 50 or 25 feet tall. The only incarnation of Kong that is taller is the Kong from King Kong vs. Godzilla, which stood approximately 147 feet tall.
  • The attire worn by Randa in this film is reminiscent of that worn by Carl Denham in the original 1933 film.
  • The patch and slogan on the back of Hank Marlow's jacket in this film are a reference to the character Dr. Steve Brule, who is portrayed by John C. Reilly in Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, as well as the jacket worn by Kaneda in Katsuhiro Otomo's manga AKIRA and its 1988 anime film adaptation.
  • The design of the Skullcrawlers in this film was inspired by the Two-Legged Lizard from the original King Kong. Other influences included Sachiel from Neon Genesis Evangelion, No Face from Spirited Away, and Cubone from Pokémon.[11]
  • The Mother Longlegs creature in this film may be inspired by the crab-spiders from the infamous lost spider pit sequence from the original King Kong.
  • The Mire Squid that Kong briefly battles in this film is a reference to the Giant Octopus he fought in King Kong vs. Godzilla. Kong's use of a tree as a weapon in the final battle with the giant Skullcrawler may also be a nod to his famous use of a tree against Godzilla in the film.
  • During the film's final battle, Kong appears to attempt to pry open and break the giant Skullcrawler's jaws. This is a reference to Kong's preferred tactic of breaking an opponent's jaws, which he demonstrates in the original film, King Kong Escapes, and the 1976 and 2005 remakes.
  • Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has said that the filmmakers intentionally tried to differentiate the Kong design in this film from the design featured in the 2005 film directed by Peter Jackson. Rather than making the design resemble a gigantic silverback gorilla that walks on all four limbs like in Jackson's film, the designers chose to have Kong stand upright like a human. A major reason for this was to show that Kong is his own species that has its "own set of rules, so [the filmmakers] can do what we want and [they] really wanted to pay homage to what came before...and yet do something completely different."[12]
  • The helicopters that Kong destroys early in the film are UH-1 Iroquois, the same type of choppers that seemingly killed Kong in the climax of the 1976 remake.
  • The Japanese fighter pilot who befriended Hank Marlow, Gunpei Ikari, is named after the late Japanese game designer Gunpei Yokoi and the character Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion.[13]

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GrimlyFiendish

3 months ago
Score 1
Is it the norm to criticize a persons input without giving them a chance to defend their point of view?.To not allow a reply is pure cowardice.
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Deathrock9

3 months ago
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You could literally just click the 'Reply' button? Nobody is stopping you from replying.
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GrimlyFiendish

3 months ago
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I have been a Kong fan since I wore short trousers.Do fans not believe that it is time to consign Kong, Mothra, Godzilla et,al to history. I don't care how big Kong is a 50cal bullet will knock huge lumps of flesh off of Kong and the others. Tracer bullets will literally riddle our non-armour plated icons.Remember Pacific Rim? OH LOOK! I HAVE A 50FT LONG CHAINSAW. GOODBYE BAD GUY.Monsters are old-hat we need new ones with REAL POWER.

Remember Obi-Wan? If you kill me Vader I will become stronger than you can imagine". Vader,"Take that, Obi-wan!". Obi wan dies. In the 7 movies since then Obi-Wan has done precisely nothing. A few whispers but that is it.

There in lies the problem with Kong. He isn't smart enough!He isn't bullet-proof, nor fire proof he's just an oversized animal. If the copter pilots in Kong had been allowed to take evasive action instead of flying into Kong's hands the film would have lasted about 20mins including credits. The days when a destroyer can be sunk by an unarmed Lizard are over.We need new powers for our powerful icons.

Perhaps our monsters can be awoken in a newly roused Atlantis?A telepathic race that will destroy us for what we are doing to our/there planet.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

3 months ago
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I have genuinely no idea how any part of this comment made sense to you as you were writing it, but I thank you for the mental image of Godzilla sinking destroyers with a giant bazooka.
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Deathrock9

3 months ago
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Did you not take a second to consider that maybe this film exists in the realm of fiction and isn't supposed to adhere to the known laws of reality that makes normal life so dull and boring?
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SuperNerd295

3 months ago
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I have no idea in the slightest about anything you just said. But, to my best extent, I will try to translate it to others.

1st Paragraph: We need a Kaiju SWAT team or we need Godzilla Superman. Also something about Pacific Rim.

2nd Paragraph: Unrelated Starwars rant.

3rd Paragraph: Kong is always what he was but they actually changed things (Except apparently he's the same thing) and that's not okay! he needs to be so outlandish that he needs to fight Godzilla with a machine gun!

4th Paragraph: MaKe AtLaNtIs LeGeNdArY1 MaKe YoUr FiLmS rEaLlY wEiRd WiTh AtLaNtIs.
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SkullIsland

3 months ago
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I still don't understand what he's trying to say
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ItsDestoroyah

one month ago
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Wtf?
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ItsDestoroyah

18 days ago
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WTF are you talking about?
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Toa Hydros

4 months ago
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My Thoughts: Kong: Skull Island

Though not perfect, in a number of ways this film is an improvement over "Godzilla (2014)".

Perhaps the biggest advantage this movie has over its Monsterverse predecessor is its more varied and likable human cast. While simplistic in their motives and personalities, they do at least have actual character and share chemistry... for the most part anyway; some of the side characters were obviously just there to up the body count.

The pacing and monster action are also areas of improvement: The film had an attention grabbing intro, and the proper amount of time devoted to build up before the characters got to the island. Kong and the other giant monsters get their time to shine as well, with Kong's battles against the helicopters and the Skull Devil being particularly awesome.

Overall, this is an enjoyable movie. Its not the classic that is the original movie or the loving tribute that was the '05 version, nor is it trying to be. Its essentially the big-budget equivalent of "King Kong Escapes": A fun monster/adventure flick that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Definitely worth a watch. Just make sure you stick around after the credits... ;)
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Deathrock9

4 months ago
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I'm not sure if this applies to the US version of the DVD, but the DVD release we've got in the UK is beautiful. The red and orange colours look fantastic, I love that the helicopters on the slipcase have been made glossy so that they shine and the embossed title of the movie looks great. My slipcase has a small embossing error where it doesn't completely cover the title of the movie but that doesn't bother me as it just makes my copy of the DVD unique. The title on the spine of the slipcase is also embossed and glossy, making it literally shine among my other DVDs. It easily stands out from them all and I just love looking at it. Its a great cover and is far better than the generic DVD cover for the 2014 Godzilla film.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna sit in the corner and think heavily about the fact that I just reviewed a DVD cover.
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Deathrock9

5 months ago
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Legendary just shared an image that says 'KONG IS COMING #SDCC2017' on their Facebook page. Wonder what this could mean? It must be a pretty big announcement seeing as its for comic-con and they're making sure people know about it, so could we be getting something related to Godzilla vs. Kong? News, perhaps? Whatever it is, I'm interested.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

5 months ago
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Presumably it's this: http://sdccb...contain-you/
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Deathrock9

5 months ago
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That actually seems pretty cool. If those are actual props from the film as well, then that's even better.
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CheekiBreekizilla

5 months ago
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I personally feel that the King Kong series has really lost it's meaning at the source. King Kong is supposed to be a story man interfering with nature, but nature is unable to be contained, and the most interesting thing was always King Kong causing destruction in New York, completely out of his element, in an unfamiliar environment, but nearly everything Kong related post-2005 just kept him on Skull Island, fighting the same battles over and over.
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The King of the Monsters

5 months ago
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Well this is an origin story meant to establish Kong prior to Godzilla vs. Kong, where he will in all likelihood leave the island and be unleashed upon human civilization, so it's not surprising they kept him on the island for this film.
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Titanollante

7 months ago
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Why is King Kong treated in such a better light than Godzilla by the general public?
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Toa Hydros

6 months ago
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Well, in the US at least, my theory is that Godzilla is often looked down on as "kid stuff", a view that is likely a holdover from the days when the Big G's only real exposure to Western audiences was through the theatrical runs - and later tv airings and reairings - of the goofier Showa era films. Keep in mind, for a LONG time, the only post-Showa Godzilla films (which were darker and more serious) westerners got to see were Godzilla '85 (which was dumped on by critics), Godzilla vs Biollante (which was only realeased on HBO and thus didn't reach as wide an audience), and Godzilla '98 (no real explanation needed there).

Kong's legacy, on the other hand has aged better considering his first film is hailed as one of the greatest films of all time, and thus is more widely respected by film critics and historians as well as the general public. Even with many of Kong's subsequent films being lackluster, when your franchise's first entry is of the caliber of King Kong, its no surprise the character is gone down in film history like he has. That's not to say Godzilla is an inferior character; if anything, you could argue he's far more developed than Kong. I'm just delving into WHY Kong is often held in higher regard.
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SkullIsland

7 months ago
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King Kong in MOBA legends?

https://play....c3101000001
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Zakor1138

7 months ago
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Yeah, MOBA Legends is crazy! Recruit King Kong, RoboCop and Chucky from Child's Play!
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God's Godzilla

8 months ago
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Full plot/article: https://en.w...Skull_Island
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Ryanhussain14

8 months ago
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Really hope they expand on the hollow Earth theory that was mentioned. Would be interesting to know if there is something bigger than just kaiju popping up in the world. Maybe an underground kaiju ecosystem?
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SkullIsland

8 months ago
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that would be too much like pacific rim
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Ryanhussain14

8 months ago
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True, but it would provide a good excuse to shoehorn in other kaiju.
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Ghidorahnumber1

9 months ago
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This movie really gives me high hopes for the Monsterverse and what they could do. I almost screamed in the theater when King Ghidorah's wall painting showed up and he did have three heads AND wings.
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SkullIsland

9 months ago
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Did anyone else notice a picture of Godzilla's dorsal plates in the montage at the beginning of the movie?
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SkullIsland

8 months ago
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nvm it was just a animal jaw bone
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Dracosaurian

9 months ago
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I'm not a major Kong fan (he's never really interested me), but this was hands down the best film of his I've seen imo. The Monsterverse is really shaping up nicely.
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Deathrock9

9 months ago
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My SPOILER-FREE review of Kong: Skull Island

This is a better film than Godzilla 2014. I'll just say that right off the bat. Whatever problems were present in that film, be it boring characters, small monster screen time (though that didn't really bother me much) or somewhat inadequate CGI (again, something that never really bothered me), are all resolved in Kong: Skull Island. All of the characters in this film are likable, each have their own personality that sets them apart and even though they are a bit under-developed, were all great fun to watch and I was never bored when they were on screen. Kong looks fantastic in this film and he looked absolutely amazing on the big screen. The CGI was excellent and was therefore not hidden away in the dark behind lots of smoke. All of the monsters were good and each one was unique and different to the last (the Buffalo was my favourite) and the Skull Crawlers were fitting villains for Kong to fight.

Though the fight scenes between Godzilla and the two Mutos in Godzilla 2014 were cool in their own right, the fight scenes in this film were glorious and showed off what an awesome character Kong is. Whereas Godzilla displayed brute strength in his battle, Kong displayed his intelligence and the battles were so much more entertaining because of it. I'm not going to spoil them here as this is a spoiler-free review but the fights in this film were all unique and different from each other and got better with each fight, culminating in the epic fight between Kong and the big Skull Crawler.

The direction in this film is also fantastic and the visuals are stunning. There's a lot of cool shots and great camera-work that do well at making the film visually stand out from others from its genre. There's some interesting uses of slow motion that work as a good way to change things up in some scenes and Kong looks great in some shots. They definitely set this film apart from Godzilla 2014 (though that film had good camera-work too) and the use of colours in this film are beautiful, from the green jungle environments to the bright orange sunset. It all just looks fantastic.

This is a very different Kong film to the ones that have come before and I'm grateful for that. If we had got something similar to the original Kong films and its multiple remakes, I would have been somewhat disappointed. That is not the case and we got this film instead. Is it the best Kong film? Probably not. However, this is definitely in my top three favourite Kong films and is currently my favourite of the two MonsterVerse films. You should definitely see this movie.
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Kaiju4EVER

9 months ago
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I saw the film yesterday, it was good, but I do have some issues with it. Those issues mostly go to the human characters, which also got too much screentime, but they did get less than the 2014 Godzilla film. I also really like the action and the monsters in the film, and the Skullcrawlers made very interesting antagonists: 4/5
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Deathrock9

9 months ago
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James Rolfe's Kongathon has made me realize that we only ever get two Kong films at a time.

RKO
1. King Kong (1933)
2.Son of Kong

Toho
1. King Kong vs. Godzilla
2. King Kong Escapes

De Laurentiis
1. King Kong (1976)
2. The Worst King Kong Movie

Universal
1. King Kong (2005)
This is the only exception.

Legendary
1. Kong: Skull Island
2. Godzilla vs. Kong
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SkullIsland

9 months ago
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That's an interesting pattern
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SkullIsland

9 months ago
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I'm gonna be able to see this on march 1st thanks to that special pass.
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SkullIsland

9 months ago
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Saw it and it was truly an amazing spectacle. Tons of action (more than G14) and those Skullcrawler's were insane. Also the end credit scene was very interesting.
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Deathrock9

9 months ago
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Can't wait to see it :D
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SkullIsland

9 months ago
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SkullIsland

10 months ago
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SkullIsland

10 months ago
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There's currently a make your own poster contest for this


https://post...skullisland/
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The King of the Monsters

12 months ago
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Preview scans from the upcoming Art Book for the movie show artwork of Kong battling a giant Skullcrawler, which pretty much confirms that there will be at least one big one in addition to the smaller ones seen in the trailer.
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Collector1

12 months ago
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Speaking of Skullcrawler, should an article be made for this kaiju?
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The King of the Monsters

12 months ago
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There will be an article for it once we have a little more information on it.
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Collector1

13 months ago
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The trailer will premiere tonight on Jimmy Kimmel. [2]
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The King of the Monsters

13 months ago
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I find it interesting how Terry Notary (the actor playing Kong) actually has his name listed with the rest of the cast on the poster.
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Spinocroc123

13 months ago
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Rokmutul's back then.
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The King of the Monsters

13 months ago
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What are you talking about?
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Spinocroc123

13 months ago
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The crocodile from the teaser kind of resembels Rokmutul. it's probaby not him.
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Collector1

13 months ago
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Has anyone had any luck cracking the Morse code? Or the password to the website?
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Collector1

13 months ago
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Nevermind about the codes. Looking around Twitter the second encrypted file's code is "skydevils". It reveals a gif of Kong.
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Magara M&E

13 months ago
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The third code is "we don't belong here"
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Collector1

13 months ago
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On the website I mean.
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Collector1

13 months ago
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Hey, I just noticed that the progress bar has increased. Last I checked it was at 54%, now its about 66%.
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Collector1

14 months ago
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Hey, has anyone heard of the new poster that was released?
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Titanollante

14 months ago
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Yeah. Monarch connection.
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Deathrock9

16 months ago
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Let's all just take a moment to appreciate how awesome the Comic-Con trailer is.
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Raydhen

15 months ago
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00:49 Is that Kumonga!?

(I know it's not but still... the glimpse looks like a giant spider)