The return of Kong on Skull Island

Theatrical poster of Kong: Skull Island. PHOTO COURTESY OF WARNER BROS
Theatrical poster of Kong: Skull Island. PHOTO COURTESY OF WARNER BROS

Another remake of the popular 36-foot tall gorilla-like monster was released on March 10th, 2017. Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Dan Gilroy, Max Connolly, based a story by John Gatins. Kong: Skull Island is produced by Warner Bros, Legendary Entertainment, and Tencent Pictures.The cast includes Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, etc.

Filming began on October 19, 2015, in Hawaii and various locations around Vietnam. Kong: Skull Island premiered on February 28, 2017 in London and was later released in the United States on March 10th.

The story begins with a team of scientists and Vietnam War soldiers who travel on helicopters to an uncharted island, “Skull Island,” in the Pacific Ocean. The scientists decided to drop explosive bombs to determine if the ground is hollow. The helicopters were suddenly attacked by a 100 foot-tall bipedal gorilla, known as KongThe group then encounters the local Iwi natives and meets Hank Marlow, a missing pilot that crash landed on the island in 1944. Marlow explains that Kong is the island’s guardian and is worshiped as a god by the natives for protecting them from the Skullcrawlers, underground reptilian monsters who have slaughtered Kong’s ancestors, leaving him as the last of his kind. Marlow reveals Kong only attacked the helicopters to prevent the bombs from awakening the largest of the Skullcrawlers, known as the “Big One.” The scientists and soldiers unite to help Kong fight the Skullcrawlers.

This film immerses audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes. It has a different spin on the traditional King Kong movies. Freshmen Tina Gu says, “I’m excited for this movie because it seems very different from other monster movies. Usually humans are fighting them, but this time humans are actually fighting with the monster.”

On the other hand, Junior Christina Banh says, “Honestly, after watching Planet of the Apes, I realized I’m not that interested in monster films.”

Everyone has different movie tastes, but Kong: Skull Island is a perfect monster film to indulge in.

Gina Jiao

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