Even though I’m technically still on my honeymoon, I still get to do the things I love the most; like watch movies of course! And we get to review one of those movies this weekend and its none other than the 2017 remake of the legendary giant gorilla, King Kong titled Kong: Skull Island. (That’s if it can even be described as a gorilla).
It stars an ensemble cast consisting of Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary and John C. Reilly. By the way, hubby and I are convinced we’ve found the newest Bond in Tom Hiddleston. I strongly suggest that the producers look into it *serious face*
The latest reboot of the King Kong franchise serves as the second film in Legendary‘s MonsterVerse and centers round a team of scientists and Vietnam War soldiers who travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific and encounter terrifying creatures and the mighty Kong.
For the creature design, Director Vogt-Roberts said that he wanted Kong to look simple and iconic enough that a third grader could draw him, and the image would still be recognizable. His desire was to make him feel like a “lonely God, a morose figure, lumbering around the island,” and so took the design back to the 1933 incarnation, where Kong was presented as a “bipedal creature that walks in an upright position.” I think Vogt-Roberts achieved his aim, because now I understand why this Kong felt different from the previous one.
Kong: Skull Island was initially set to be released in November 4, 2016, but the date was postponed to March 10, 2017, a new release date which coincides with the franchise’s 84th anniversary. The film premiered at the Cineworld Empire Leicester Square in London on February 28, 2017.
As of March 26, 2017, Kong: Skull Island has grossed $136.8 million in the United States and Canada and $258.9 million for a worldwide gross of $395.7 million. The film was made on a production budget of $185 million, with about $136 million more spent on global marketing costs. However box office experts say the film needs to make at least $450–500 million worldwide in order to break even. Something tells me that it will supersede that figure.
The film earned $61 million on its opening weekend, defying the initial projection by 35%. Its opening was higher than the $50.1 million opening of Peter Jackson‘s King Kong (2005), but considerably lower than the $93 million debut of Godzilla (2014). In its second weekend the film grossed $27.8 million (a drop of 54.4%), finishing second at the box office behind newcomer Beauty and the Beast.
Kong: Skull Island received generally positive reviews from critics. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 78% and the site’s critical consensus reads, “Offering exhilarating eye candy, solid acting, and a fast-paced story, Kong: Skull Island earns its spot in the movie monster’s mythos without ever matching up to the classic original.”
Mike Ryan of Uproxx called Kong: Skull Island, a hoot, fun and crazy. While Steve Pulaski of Influx Magazine asks the question that “if a reboot takes the source material in a different albeit loosely familiar direction, does it deserve to exist”? Conversely, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film one out of five stars, describing it as a “fantastically muddled and exasperatingly dull quasi-update of the King Kong story.”
Several critics also had some negatives views about Larson’s role in the movie, after recently winning an Oscar for Room. With one remarking that “a starring role in a popcorn movie on the heels of a passion project can open up an actor to ridicule.” Hmm… the vultures just never let up, do they?
Well Jollyhood’s thoughts are while Kong: Skull Island may have deviated from the source material, its crazy terrifying fun. A lot bloodier than its predecessors, making it one adrenaline packed ride. But all that’s just a cover for a thinly sketched plot. But I suppose we’re willing to overlook that, to see our favourite king gorilla smash some defiant humans and horrendous creatures.
In September 2015, when Legendary moved Kong: Skull Island from Universal to Warner Bros., it sparked media speculation that Godzilla and King Kong will appear in a film together. By October 2015, Legendary confirmed that they would unite Godzilla and King Kong in Godzilla vs. Kong, set for a May 29, 2020, release date. That’s something to look forward to, right? Kong and Godzilla going at it! Shall we take bets on the winner? Hmm… a KongGorillaBet.com. Lol!
Anyway, the giant gorilla is a must watch movie for the cinemas this weekend. And I’ll love to hear how it goes. Until next week guys; Cheerios!