At the Movies: March 10

Kong: Skull Island

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Kong: Skull Island

In 1973, former British Special Air Service Captain James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) and Lieutenant Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) are recruited by government agent Bill Randa (John Goodman) to guide a team of explorers on an expedition to an uncharted island in the Pacific. Known as “Skull Island,” the group is completely unaware that they are actually crossing into a dangerous domain of monsters guarded by the mythic behemoth ape, Kong. After discovering Kong’s violent, deadly wrath, the group soon realizes that their scientific expedition to Skull Island may have just been a cover for an illegal military operation. Also starring Brie Larson and John C. Reilly.

Rated PG-13. Fantasy/Sci-Fi. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. 2 hours.

What the Critics Say:

“King Kong lives! But only just. This is an uneven adventure that’s saved by the spectacle of its towering title character and the various beasts with whom he shares his island home.” – Empire

“In its jungle-stranded B-movie way, ‘Kong: Skull Island’ may come closer in spirit to the wide-eyed amazement of the original than either of those remakes.” – Variety

“Ultimately more interested in gorilla warfare than the guerilla kind, ‘Skull Island’ looks from a distance like a Vietnam polemic with a monster painted onto it. But the opposite is truer. It’s a King Kong movie – a state-of-the-art monster mash, complete with giant bugs and prehistoric menaces and dwindling human numbers.” – A.V. Club

Our Take:

Prepare yourselves for one intense, Kong-tastic ride. This evocative revival looks and sounds like the best remake yet; the original King Kong film premiered back in 1933, and since then there have been two remakes (in 1976 and 2005). With its top-of-the-line special effects and cast (there’s a few Oscar-winners in there) this famed flick is worth seeing on the big screen – especially to get that full, King-Kong-sized experience.