Kong: Skull Island (2017)

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Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Producer(s) 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
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— 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.

In 1973, during the closing days of the Vietnam War, the U.S. government approves a joint expedition between Landsat and the scientific organization Monarch to the newly-charted Skull Island. Accompanying the scientists are a military escort headed by Colonel Preston Packard, ex-British SAS tracker James Conrad, and anti-war photographer Mason Weaver. After successfully reaching the island via helicopters and dropping seismic charges to map the island, the expedition is brought down by the island's self-appointed guardian: the 100 foot ape known as Kong. The survivors navigate the perils of the island and encounter stranded World War II pilot Hank Marlow and the native Iwi people, while Packard plans to take his revenge on Kong by salvaging weapons from a downed chopper. But the greatest danger on the island lies in the vile Skullcrawlers; voracious reptilian predators which have been drawn to the surface by the seismic charges. Now Conrad and his allies must save Kong from Packard's vengeance lest the largest and most powerful of the Skullcrawlers, the Skull Devil, rises again.

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 United States is about to end its involvement in the Vietnam War. One of its more obscure organizations is on the verge of ending as well. Monarch agents Bill Randa and Houston Brooks visit Senator Al Willis in a last-ditch attempt to convince him to secure funding for an expedition to mythical Skull Island, which has just been photographed for the first time by Landsat satellite. Landsat is already planning to visit the island, which Randa believes to contain an ecosystem of incredible creatures, similar to the monster the United States tried to kill with a hydrogen bomb test in 1954. Willis dismisses it as a fairy tale, but Brooks persuades him with the possibility of the island containing precious new resources like medicine or alternative fuels - and a reminder that the Soviet Union will soon be aware of its existence as well. As a precaution, Randa asks for a military escort as well.

That escort takes the form of the Sky Devils helicopter squadron, led by the intense Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard, a man clearly unhappy with the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam. Randa and Brooks travel to a bar in Saigon to recruit former British SAS tracker James Conrad, who they watch prevail in a fight against four men. He opines that an uncharted island would be impossibly dangerous, but their money persuades him. Meanwhile, anti-war photographer Mason Weaver signs onto the voyage as well, believing it has a hidden purpose. She quickly butts heads with Packard. Once aboard the Athena Landsat field supervisor Victor Nieves explains to the expedition that Skull Island is surrounded by a perpetual storm system. Once they clear it, the helicopters will drop seismic charges, allowing Landsat to map the island's subsurface. Radio communication through the storm will be impossible, so they must meet a refuel team north of the island three days later.

The next day, Nieves is ready to call off the mission in the face of the storm, but Randa and Packard overrule him. As promised, his Sky Devils reach Skull Island safely, and waste no time in dropping the seismic charges. The explosions draw out Kong, the giant ape who Marlow and Ikari had seen years earlier, who announces his presence by throwing a tree through one of the helicopters. Chaos ensues as Kong knocks the remaining choppers out of the sky one by one, taking only minor damage from machine gun fire and the rotors of the CH-53 Sea Stallion. Two groups of survivors form up: one led by Packard and including Randa, the other comprised of Conrad, Reaver, Brooks, Nieves, Monarch biologist Lin San, and Warrant Officer Reg Slivko.

Packard contacts Major Jack Chapman, who is alone with the downed Sea Stallion containing the last of the seismic charges, and leads his men there so they can use the explosives to kill Kong. The second group encounters an enormous water buffalo. Slivko raises his rifle, but Conrad convinces him to hold his fire, and the creature leaves them unharmed. Holding Randa at gunpoint, Packard demands he explains what they just experienced. Randa reveals that he joined Monarch after his ship, the U.S.S. Lawton, was destroyed by a sea monster during World War II, leaving him the only survivor. He agrees with Packard that Kong should be destroyed, but thinks they should withdraw for now and leave him to a more prepared force. Packard insists he is that force. Traveling through a bamboo forest, they face a giant spider who impales a Sky Devil through the mouth with one of her legs before seizing Warrant Officer Glen Mills with her tendrils. After Mills cut himself loose, Captain Earl Cole realizes the monsters' legs are vulnerable. After they slice off the tips, forcing her to the ground, Packard kills her with his pistol.

Conrad's group finds signs of civilization, then find themselves surrounded by camouflaged islanders with spears. A fight seems inevitable, but Hank Marlow, still living on Skull Island 28 years later, rushes in to break the tension. Chapman has a close encounter with Kong, who ignores him while drinking water from a river. Suddenly, he realizes that a Mire Squid is in the water and grabs one of the creature's tentacles, prompting it to attack. Kong is able to crush the creature's head under his foot and kill it, then proceeds to eat several of its tentacles and drags it away. Marlow brings Conrad's group them inside the Iwi village, a utopian society free of crime and possessions. He explains that Kong is the last of his kind, a benevolent god of the island unless angered. The Iwi revere him for his never-ending struggle against the Skullcrawlers, voracious reptiles who live in tunnels beneath the island. The largest of them, the Skull Devil, killed Kong's parents. Conrad and Weaver offer him a chance to escape with them, prompting him to unveil the Grey Fox, a boat made out of his and Gunpei Ikari's planes, along with a B-29. They planned to use it to escape the island themselves, but a Skullcrawler killed Ikari before they could finish it. They resume work on it. Weaver finds another buffalo pinned under a crashed helicopter. She tries to rescue it, only for Kong to suddenly pick up the chopper. After staring at her, he walks away. Chapman, after warding off a giant stick insect, meets his end at the jaws of a Skullcrawler. Conrad gives Weaver his father's lighter.

The Grey Fox sets off the following morning. On its way to reunite with Packard, a flock of Leafwings carry off and dismember Nieves. Marlow tries to convince Packard not to continue west, as he'll be crossing into the Skullcrawlers' territory, but he is undaunted. They soon reach a massive boneyard containing the remains of Kong's parents. A Skullcrawler attacks them as they pass through, eating Randa and killing many of Packard's men. Slivko's gas canisters go off during the battle, causing a flock of Leafwings to attack the humans as well. Conrad rescues Slivko, carving up Leafwings with Marlow's katana, while Weaver throws the lighter at the Skullcrawler just as it passes over a gas vent. The ensuing explosion finally kills it.

Conrad recovers Chapman's dogtags, which the Skullcrawler spat up, but Packard is still determined to use the seismic charges against Kong. Marlow is outraged, pointing out that the Skullcrawlers will overrun the island if Kong is dead, and draws his katana, but Packard knocks him over with the butt of his rifle. Conrad resolves the standoff by leading Weaver, Marlow, Brooks, and San back to the Grey Fox. After nightfall, Packard prepares his trap, instructing his men to pour napalm into a river. Scaling a hill as they attempt to relocate the boat, Conrad and Weaver have a moving encounter with Kong, with Weaver even touching his face. Distant explosions suddenly catch his attention and he stalks away. Conrad and Weaver realize they can't let Packard kill him, and Marlow joins them. Face to face with Kong once more, Packard wait for him to charge into the river, then lights the napalm with a torch. Wounded by the fire, Kong still mounts a brief offensive before collapsing, leaving Packard, Mills, Slivko, Cole, and Reles as the only survivors. Packard places leftover seismic charges around Kong, preparing to finish him, but Conrad and Marlow arrive and hold him at gunpoint, while Weaver urges him to stop. Slivko turns on him as well. Packard refuses, and is prepared to detonate the charges and blow them all sky high, when suddenly the Skull Devil erupts from the lake. Everyone except Packard flees, while Kong regains consciousness and promptly smashes Packard under his fist. The Skull Devil easily bests Kong, but pursues the humans instead of finishing him off.

The following morning, as the surviving expedition members near the extraction point on the north side of the island, they are confronted by the Skull Devil. Cole sacrifices himself to buy time, but the monster tail-whips him into a cliffside before his grenades can go off. Fortunately, Kong arrives and smashes the monster in the face with a boulder. The weakened Kong is overmatched by the Skull Devil, who traps him in the chains of an old shipwreck. The humans return the favor, with Brooks distracting it with the Grey Fox's machine guns and Weaver taking its right eye with a flare gun. Kong breaks free of the chains and rejoins the fight, attack a boat propeller to a chain to serve as a makeshift flail. He slams the Skull Devil into the same hill Weaver is standing on, causing her to fall into the water below. He rescues her after seemingly slitting the Skull Devil's throat, but the monster returns with a vengeance. Kong tries 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 Skull Devil's gullet, ripping out the beast's innards and killing it instantly. Kong gently sets Weaver down on the ground. As she 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 reunites with his wife in Chicago and finally meets his son. But before Conrad and Weaver can go home, they are interrogated in a Monarch facility. Brooks and San enter, presenting them with a slideshow of old cave paintings depicting Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah, 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, mercenary
  • Samuel L. Jackson   as   Lt. Col. Preston Packard, commander of the U.S. Army "Sky Devils" helicopter assault squadron
  • Brie Larson   as   Mason Weaver, antiwar photographer
  • John C. Reilly   as   Lt. Hank Marlow, former U.S. Naval Air Force pilot
  • John Goodman   as   William "Bill" Randa, Monarch geologist
  • Corey Hawkins   as   Houston Brooks, Monarch geologist
  • John Ortiz   as   Victor Nieves, head of NASA Landsat field mission
  • Jing Tian   as   Lin San, Monarch biologist
  • Toby Kebbell   as   Maj. Jack Chapman, Sky Devils deputy officer / Kong (facial reference)
  • Jason Mitchell   as   Warrant Officer Glen Mills
  • Shea Whigham   as   Capt. Earl Cole, Sky Devils member
  • Thomas Mann   as   Warrant Officer Reg Slivko, Sky Devils member
  • Eugene Cordero   as   Joe Reles, Sky Devils member
  • Marc Evan Jackson   as   Steve Gibson, Landsat satellite data collection investigator
  • Will Brittain   as   Young Hank Marlow / Marlow's son
  • MIYAVI   as   Gunpei Ikari, Japanese Imperial Navy Mitsubishi A6M Zero pilot
  • Richard Jenkins   as   Senator Al 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
  • Nick Robinson, Erin Moriarty, Moises Arias   as   Bar patrons (uncredited)
  • Terry Notary   as   Kong (motion capture)

Japanese dub

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

  • GACKT   as   Captain James Conrad
  • Nozomi Sasaki   as   Mason Weaver
  • Akihiko Ishizumi   as   William "Bill" Randa
  • Hideaki Tezuka   as   Lt. Col. Preston Packard
  • Keisuke Ishida   as   Lieutenant Hank Marlow
  • Kenji Sugimura   as   Houston Brooks
  • Shizuka Ito   as   Lin San
  • Atsushi Goto   as   Victor Nieves
  • Kazuaki Ito   as   Steve Gibson
  • Fuminori Komatsu   as   Major Jack Chapman
  • Gotaro Tsunashima   as   Capt. Earl Cole
  • Kunihiro Kawamoto   as   Warrant Officer Glen Mills
  • Kentaro Yamazaki   as   Warrant Officer Reg Slivko
  • Togi Makabe   as   Joe Reles
  • Yutaka Nakano   as   Senator Al Willis


Appearances

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)
  • King Kong: Skull 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

Premium Formats

  • RealD 3D (post-converted)
  • IMAX 3D
  • 4DX
  • Dolby Vision and Atmos
  • 70mm

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]

Awards

Award Category Recipient(s) Result
Academy Awards Best Achievement in Visual Effects Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Michael Meinardus Nominated
Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production Jance Rubinchik, Adrian Millington, Alberto Martínez Arce, Kyle Winkelman Nominated
Golden Trailer Awards Best Teaser Poster Warner Bros., Concept Arts Studios Won
Best Action Warner Bros., Trailer Park Nominated
Best Sound Editing Warner Bros., Trailer Park Nominated
Best Fantasy/Adventure TV Spot Warner Bros., Trailer Park Nominated
Best Action Poster Warner Bros., Concept Arts Studios Nominated
Best Fantasy / Adventure Poster Warner Bros., Concept Arts Studios Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi Tom Hiddleston Nominated
Choice Movie: Sci-Fi Warner Bros. Nominated
Choice Actress: Sci-Fi Brie Larson Nominated
Visual Effects Society Awards Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature Jeff White, Tom C. Peitzman, Stephen Rosenbaum, Scott Benza, Michael Meinardus Nominated
Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature Jakub Pistecky, Chris Havreberg, Karin Cooper, Krishnamurti Costa (for Kong) Nominated
Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature Florent Andorra, Alexis Hall, Raul Essig, Branko Grujcic Nominated
Outstanding Compositing in a Photoreal Feature Nelson Sepulveda, Aaron Brown, Paolo Acri, Shawn Mason Nominated

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]
    • An early version of the script called for an Iwi friend of Hank Marlow to accompany the characters aboard the Grey Fox.[7] Vogt-Roberts wanted him to be a "badass" portrayed by Iko Uwais.[8]
  • Several lines in Kong: Skull Island gained added significance after filming concluded, either from real-world events or the next MonsterVerse installment. According to Vogt-Roberts, test audiences didn't laugh at William Randa's line, "Mark my words: there'll never be a more screwed-up time in Washington," until after the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[9] Furthermore, King Ghidorah and Rodan/Legendary destroy the city in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. In another ironic line, Randa remarks that the idea of alien life is "nuts"; later Monarch agents discover King Ghidorah is an extraterrestial. While working on the Grey Fox, Marlow asks Slivko if the Chicago Cubs have won a World Series since he arrived on Skull Island. The Cubs prevailed in the 2016 World Series just months before the film was released, their first championship since 1908.
  • 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."[10]
  • 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.
  • The Grey Fox is named after a character from the Metal Gear series.[11] Vogt-Roberts is currently attached to direct a Metal Gear Solid film adaptation.
  • Kong: Skull Island was the first major motion picture to film a significant number of scenes in Vietnam.[12]
  • The beached ship repurposed as an Iwi shrine to Kong, the S.S. Wanderer, is named after the boat that travels to Skull Island in the novelization of the original 1933 film.[13] 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 appearance of Godzilla in a non-Godzilla kaiju film.
    • 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.[14] 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 film to feature a taller Kong is King Kong vs. Godzilla, where he 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.[15]
  • 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 Skull Devil'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.
  • The close-up of Kong eating Mire Squid tentacles is a reference to a scene in the film Oldboy where Oh Dae-su eats a live octopus.
  • 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."[16]
  • 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.[17]
  • Many creatures were conceptualized and designed for Kong: Skull Island that do not make an appearance in the finished film. Some of these creatures, such as the Magma Turtle, Sirenjaw, Death Jackal, Swamp Locust, and Psychovulture, were ultimately featured in the film's official tie-in comic, Skull Island: The Birth of Kong. Even more creature designs appeared in the film's Chinese marketing and the "Monarch Files 2.0" bonus feature on home video releases, like the Icarus Tigris and the bat-like Cave Fishers.[18]
  • Marc Evan Jackson originally read for the role of Victor Nieves, though John Ortiz was ultimately cast. Vogt-Roberts, who directed Jackson in The Kings of Summer, invented a part for him by reassigning nearly every line and action from unnamed Landsat employees to a single new character named Steve Gibson.[7]
  • The Mother Longlegs leg that nearly impales Joe Reles (Eugene Cordero) was a practical effect. Vogt-Roberts came within "millimeters" of stabbing Cordero in the crotch while demonstrating how he wanted the shot to look.[7]
  • The Iwi village set was constructed in the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex outside Ninh Bình, Vietnam.[19] The city rebuilt the set and the Grey Fox as a tourist attraction in April 2017, even hiring the extras who played the Iwi to interact with visitors.[7] As Trang An is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the agency recommended striking the set to avoid damaging and misrepresenting the area. Ninh Bình agreed to do so in September 2019.
  • Vogt-Roberts initially wanted to call the Skullcrawlers "MacArthur", in the same way that a pet dog might have a human name.[7] John C. Reilly felt that "Skullcrawler" was ridiculous and didn't want to say it, leading to an improvised exchange between Marlow, Conrad, and Weaver about the name.
  • The baseball on the Grey Fox was signed by Bill Nicholson, an All-Star rightfielder for the Chicago Cubs in the 1940's.

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References

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  5. Nugent, John. (December 28, 2016) Exclusive concept art for Kong: Skull Island revealed. Empire
  6. Has the ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Plot Been Revealed?
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Kong: Skull Island iTunes-exclusive audio commentary
  8. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (April 16, 2020). In some drafts yes. I wanted a badass Iwi character played by @iko_uwais to go with them on their journey #MonsterverseWatchalong. Twitter.
  9. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (15 August 2017). This "cheap laugh" got no reaction prior to the election. It gets a reaction because the black mirror of the 70's we're living in.. Twitter.
  10. Kong: Skull Island's director ditched dinosaurs for creatures inspired by Miyazaki and Pokemon
  11. George Tew (April 16, 2020). Marlow's makeshift boat made of salvaged plane parts is named "The Gray Fox" which is a nod to the Metal Gear video game series. #MonsterverseWatchalong. Twitter.
  12. KONG: SKULL ISLAND Production Notes and High-Res Photos
  13. CS Interview: Kong: Skull Island’s Jordan Vogt-Roberts
  14. Ten Revelations From Kong: Skull Island Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts
  15. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts on Why 'Kong: Skull Island' Is Unlike Any Other 'King Kong' Movie
  16. Kong: Skull Island gives first look at movie monster
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  19. Ninh Binh to Remove ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Film Set From Heritage Site. Saigoneer (25 September 2019).

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Titanus Gojira

6 months ago
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the movie was boring
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SkullIslandExplorer

6 months ago
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Indeed. The same goes for G’14 (except for the action sequences).
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Titanus Radon

8 months ago
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I love how the director included slow motion shots into this movie. It just makes the film have more quality to me.
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Titan of Water

12 months ago
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I’m just about to watch the film, but since it takes place during the Vietnam War, I’m guessing it has an anti war message. I’m just interest cause I’m just learning about Vietnam in my history book.
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ItsDestoroyah

14 months ago
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Hey Loki.
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SkullIslandExplorer

14 months ago
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Dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same. And now, it's here. Or should I say, I am. 🤜👑
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ItsDestoroyah

13 months ago
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For one thing, I ain't Asgardian anymore. I put that bullcrap behind me. And for another... we have King Kong.
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SkullIslandExplorer

12 months ago
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  • John Cena voice* Are you sure about that?
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SkullIslandExplorer

15 months ago
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Am I the only one who thinks this movie is similar to Wonder Woman (which also came out the same year)?
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Chainsaw Gigan

24 months ago
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Am I the only one who thinks "Kong: Skull Island" was more then PG-13?
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Green Blob Thing

24 months ago
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The scene with Mother Longlegs' killing that guy by putting one of her legs down his throat was pretty graphic. It shocked me the first time around.
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Chainsaw Gigan

24 months ago
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Yea and how about the regurgitation scene with A Skullcrawler regurgitating bones of the on guy, where even his flesh was still on it. And not to forget the scene of how Kong kills the Ramarak!
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SternGesila

23 months ago
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Yeah I agree with you, it was definitely more than PG-13. But it wasn't as far as an R rated movie.
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Chainsaw Gigan

23 months ago
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yea, but how did they get their way, was it from the help of Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg who always fought for their movies to be PG-13?
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ItsDestoroyah

13 months ago
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Imagine if it was Rated R. It would've gone much more worse.
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G&G-Fan

12 months ago
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Boi this movie would've been rated PG back then, like it should be now. Ratings now are ridiculous.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

12 months ago
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PG-13 has only been around since 1984, so... maybe? But a PG movie in which a man gets stabbed through the mouth by a giant spider leg would have led to the creation of the PG-13 rating the same as Gremlins and Temple of Doom did.
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KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417

10 months ago
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Why not an NC-17 rating?
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GrimlyFiendish

33 months ago
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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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Green Blob Thing

33 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

33 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

33 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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Green Blob Thing

33 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

33 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

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

31 months ago
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Wtf?
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ItsDestoroyah

30 months ago
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WTF are you talking about?
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KingGhidorahsucksGodzillarules3417

10 months ago
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HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHHAAHA!!!!!!!
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Titanus Radon

9 months ago
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@GrimlyFiendish, this comment is weirder than my Godzilla and Mothra fan fiction.
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Toa Hydros

34 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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Green Blob Thing

35 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

35 months ago
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Presumably it's this: http://sdccb...contain-you/
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Green Blob Thing

35 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

35 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

35 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

37 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

36 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

38 months ago
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King Kong in MOBA legends?

https://play....c3101000001
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Zakor1138

37 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

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

39 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

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

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

39 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

39 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

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

39 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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Green Blob Thing

39 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

39 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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SkullIsland

39 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

39 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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Green Blob Thing

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

39 months ago
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SkullIsland

40 months ago
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SkullIsland

40 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

42 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

42 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

42 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

43 months ago
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The trailer will premiere tonight on Jimmy Kimmel. [3]
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The King of the Monsters

43 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

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

43 months ago
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What are you talking about?
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Spinocroc123

43 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

43 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

43 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

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

43 months ago
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On the website I mean.
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Collector1

43 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

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

44 months ago
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Yeah. Monarch connection.
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Green Blob Thing

46 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

45 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)
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