A brand new TV spot has been released for Kong: Skull Island with a clear focus on star Brie Larson, who plays photojournalist Mason Weaver. The 30 second clip reveals Kong's kingdom through the lens of Weaver's camera— a "dangerous" weapon in its own right.
As well as revealing even more thrilling snippets of the upcoming film, this latest TV spot highlights a very important element of #KongSkullIsland: the importance of its female cast members, and more specifically, the role that Larson's character will play.
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The Story Of The Century
Mason Weaver is a war photojournalist, eager to do whatever it takes to get the story. She's been brought to the island to document the team's findings, and has no idea what she's about to uncover. But from what we can see in this latest TV spot, she's asking questions before the mission even begins.
However, the story she's so desperate to uncover may just be her downfall. She's a vital member of the team, but previous trailers have indicated that Monarch — the organization in charge of investigating Kong — have no qualms with losing team members in their search for the truth. In fact, it's a line from Samuel L. Jackson that puts a sinister spin on Weaver's presence in the film:
"A camera's way more dangerous than a gun."
The information she gathers for Monarch may just put her in a dangerous position. Will Monarch try to dispose of Weaver after the mission ends in order to stop the photos from being leaked? Or will they recruit her to become an important member of Monarch's team?
She's No Damsel In Distress
There's one noticeable difference between Kong: Skull Island and Peter Jackson's 2005 King Kong: the characteristics of its female characters.
As a war photojournalist, Weaver has no qualms with entering dangerous territory to get to the truth. There's no screaming, fainting, or even crying at all as she marches into the unknown alongside her armed team. Hell, she doesn't even need a gun to protect her— which fits perfectly with her anti-war mentality.
She's not alone, either. Accompanying her is biologist San Lin (Jing Tian), who's armed to the teeth and ready to kick butt. Suffice to say the award for most badass scientist of 2017 definitely goes to this explorer.
Judging from the clips we've seen so far, it's obvious that Skull Island is taking a big step away from past King Kong films and taking on a more progressive tone— and that's a good thing. A silent movie starlet playing the damsel in distress worked the first few times, but now it's time for a new dynamic. The film's 1970s timeframe was an important time for the Women's Liberation Movement, and it looks like Kong won't be shying away from that.
The Next Ann Darrow?
It's impossible to look at images of Weaver in Skull Island and not compare her to King Kong's Ann Darrow. As the film's central female protagonist, fans are eagerly awaiting a touching moment between her and her furry new BFF.
Headstrong Weaver may look like the last woman to be caught dead in a 1930s silk slip, but there are still strong parallels between her and Darrow— especially when you look at the confirmed contact she's going to have with Kong.
But rather than use her womanly charms to beguile the monstrous ape, Weaver is far more likely to utilize something a little less cliché: her ethos.
As an anti-war activist, odds are we're going to see Weaver use her compassion and wits to establish a mutual connection with Kong. Indeed, it would explain why she's one of the only members of her team not armed with a gun. But will her non-violent communication methods cause trouble with Monarch?
What are your predictions for Brie Larson's character in Kong: Skull Island?