Friday, March 10, 2017

Kong: Skull Island Movie Review

John C. Reilly stars in Kong: Skull Island

Goodnight Irene

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures' "Kong: Skull Island" reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific - as beautiful as it is treacherous - unaware that they're crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong. "Kong: Skull Island" stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Oscar winner Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly. The international ensemble cast also includes Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Shea Whigham, Toby Kebbell and Eugene Cordero. Vogt-Roberts is directing the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Derek Connolly. "Kong: Skull Island" is produced by Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni with Mary Parent. To fully immerse audiences in the mysterious Skull Island, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and his cast and filmmaking team are filming across three continents over six months, capturing its primordial landscapes on Oahu, Hawaii - where filming commenced on October 2015 - on Australia's Gold Coast, and finally in Vietnam, where filming will take place across multiple locations, some of which have never before been seen on film. Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures Production, "Kong: Skull Island." The film will be released worldwide in 2D, 3D in select theatres, and IMAX beginning March 10, 2017, from Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Skull Island... "A place where myth and science meet." Sounds good, and looks even better (at least in the trailer.) Unfortunately, the actual movie runs for 118 minutes. Two hours with Kong is fine (actually great) but his spectacular antics are lost in a jungle of mismatched, overpaid actors. Hiddleston & Larson are particularly awful, reduced to exchanging curious expressions whilst posing in tight t-shirts. Reilly provides a few laughs, and some clever insight, "You probably noticed a lot of weird things on this island." Too bad most of 'em are human. Kong's the star: Why not show him off?

Grade: D+