Saturday, July 29, 2017

Kong: Skull Island (on DVD)

Kong: Skull Island [DVD Kong] 

Fantastic. I loved this movie with the beautiful island scenery, strange beasts, native people, a stranded WWII soldier, a 1970’s exploration crew and junior King Kong. John Goodman’s character is member of a group who studys cryptids so he and his pal convince a congressman to grant them a military escort to an uncharted, unexplored island in the Pacific in the shape of a skull that they believe is home to the unknown. Approval is reluctantly granted just as the Vietnam War comes to an end. Samuel L. Jackson’s character, a military leader, is recruited to lead the expedition. Pleased to have another mission, he accepts. The crews with a huge military ship and multiple helicopters go in. Kong is there pretty much right away and he’s not a happy about having guests. The helicopters don’t last long, we’ll just say that. The expedition members and military personal are all scattered into small groups, one of which stumbles upon some ruins, then a group of natives, then John C. Reilly’s character, a WWII American pilot who’s plane crashed on the island during the war. He’s been there ever since so he’s gone a bit crazy and knows nothing of what’s occurred in the 25-30 years he’s been there. He explains, as they found out, Kong is not the only unusual creature on the island and decides to help them and himself escape. I don’t want to spoil anything because it’s just so fun to watch and there are so many dangers that people die in horrible ways all throughout the film and you never know who it’s going to be. Being a major character does not safeguard you against the perils of the island. Again I think it’s a really fun and fantastic movie, full of action, surprise, and humor; you should really watch it if you like that kind of movie. It’s not for everyone, but few things are.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try King Kong, the original 1932 film.]

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official Kong: Skull Island web site ]
Recommended by Kristen A.
Gere Branch Library

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