7:30 PM, 20th April, 2017
King Kong, the mythical giant monster/ape, was introduced to fans in the 1930s and has appeared in various films and TV shows since then. This year, he makes an impressive return to the big screen with a reinvented storyline aimed at drawing in a new audience while retaining the current fan base and joining Legendary’s shared universe of giant monster films kickstarted by 2014’s Godzilla reboot. The other ‘big’ selling point of this film is the great cast which includes Tom Hiddleston (most recently of ‘Thor’s brother, Loki’ fame), last year’s Best Actress Oscar winner Brie Larson, and Samuel L. Jackson (famous for many things, perhaps most notably not being Laurence Fishburne – Google it).
The story behind Kong: Skull Island is that of King Kong’s origins. It is set on an uncharted (of course!) Pacific island which is where the main characters meet a bunch of… well… interesting inhabitants.
King Kong is definitely the king of the jungle in my books, particularly when that jungle is a treacherous island filled with giant scary things. There has been no monkeying around with this movie (sorry, couldn’t help myself), the special effects are very good, and the cast and storyline keep you engaged. Leave your realism at the door and instead grab some popcorn and a friend to cling to for safety during the scary bits.
Come see this film on the big screen the way King Kong should be seen. You’ll go ape.