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Published on March 24th, 2017 | by Ferran Gonzalez

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Kong: Skull Island Review

King Kong is a blockbuster about a colossal gorilla that has appeared in movies, video games, cartoons, books and comics many times before. Since the very first appearance of the monster in the cinemas in 1933, it has been a very popular franchise ever since, which has led to the creation of numerous remakes later on in 1976, 2005, and now in 2017. Given the rapid development of filming technology and special effects, the filmmakers had a great opportunity to make “Kong: Skull Island” a modern masterpiece. Unfortunately, this film did not live up to its expectations, resulting in yet another mediocre revival.

Kong takes place in 1944 during World War II, when an American and Japanese pilot crash on an island in the South Pacific. 29 years later, in 1973, former British Special Air Service Captain James Conrad, played by Tom Hiddleston, is hired by the U.S government to guide an expedition to the dangerous island, known as “Skull Island.” Since the trip is expected not to be calm, the group counts with the help of a helicopter squadron led by Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard, played by Samuel L. Jackson, to fight against the strange creatures that inhabit the island. The most intense scene by far takes place when the helicopters start causing trouble dropping bombs and a wilder version of Kong shows up to make them learn their lesson. Thanks to the smart idea of the director of creating a conflict in the group, there’s a big discussion on what the army should do; revenge for the death of the soldiers or being sympathetic to why Kong attacked them and leave. Like in all King Kong movies, although the gorilla seems to be wild and indomitable, he also has a sweet side for the ones that care about him.
The special effects as well as the fighting are quite impressive. It’s cool to see how the two creatures hit each other like there was no tomorrow, but on the other hand, a negative aspect to point out is the predictability of the movie. In summary, Kong was sufficient to entertain myself for a couple of hours, but I regret spending fifteen dollars on such a rudimentary movie.

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