Thoughts on ‘Kong: Skull Island’ (2017)

Kong Skull Island (poster)After the Vietnam War in a remote South Pacific island, a team of explorers attempted to discover the island’s geology by dropping bombs. Their exploration was halted by the island’s resident, a giant ape named Kong. Is Kong a menace to the world to be stopped at all cost? Is this just the beginning?


As with the previous movie I watched, I came in blind. I did not bother to do some digging on what this movie is about aside from this is a remake of the classic King Kong movies. So, I will discuss it as it is.

As a fan of science fiction, I expected that the science be at least plausible. Well, it is not. The “science” presented here is Hollow Earth, which is, eh? I saw wanted to know how the explanation on why Kong got so big, and why he is on an island surrounded by electrical storms. But no scientific “explanation” was given so I just considered this as fantasy instead.

Kong Skull Island (characters)

I did not sympathize with any of the human characters, except for World War 2 pilot Hank Marlow, played by John C. Reilly, who was stranded in the island. His story was resolved in a mid-credits extra scene. The cast includes Tom Hiddleston playing the tracker James Conrad and Brie Larson playing photojournalist Mason Weaver. Their backstories did not resonate with me. Also in the movie is Samuel L. Jackson playing Lt. Preston Packard, the leader of the explorers’ military escort. He is so obsessed with war to the point of being an annoying character. The other characters, sad to say, is not memorable to me.

The star of the movie is of course Kong the giant ape. I haven’t seen the other recent big monster movies to make a comparison. I must rectify that. I liked how it was animated especially the fight scenes like Kong against the humans in helicopters and against other giant creatures. As it always, Kong have a fascination with a female human and at one point in this movie saved Brie Larson’s character.

The plot is light so it is a good movie to pass time over. I was informed that I should watch an extra end credit scenes. In this bonus scene, it was presented that this movie and Godzilla (2014) may be set in an “cinematic universe” ala Marvel.

In short:

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“This planet doesn’t belong to us. Ancient species owned this earth long before mankind. I spent 30 years trying to prove the truth: monsters exist.” – Bill Randa (John Goodman)

As of posting time, Kong: Skull Island is still showing on Philippine cinemas.

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