King Kong has pretty much shown itself to be a timeless character at this point, with films dating back to 1933, yet still seemingly going strong. #KongSkullIsland is set to release in March, and with the marketing campaign kicking into full gear as well as a new trailer, now is as good a time as any to see what this film is offering us. Let's begin, shall we?
1) Something New
As is implicit in the title, Skull Island looks as if it's gearing up to give us a look at the lesser-known elements of this particular mythos. Think less "'twas beauty killed the beast", and more of an adventure film focused on the titular island & the wonders hidden therein. All of the special effects have looked great so far, so getting to look at all these insane monsters along with the king himself promises to be a highly exciting prospect. Basically, there will hopefully be more dinosaurs and more crazy things inside this completely fresh #KingKong story, and that can only be a good thing.
2) The Cast
One simply cannot talk about this film without at least acknowledging how incredible the acting lineup is. Samuel L. Jackson looks as is he's been given enough freedom to deliver his signature brand of energy; John Goodman is fun to watch in literally any movie; #BrieLarson is easily one of the best in the business right now; and it's virtually impossible not to love #TomHiddleston, who seems to be branching out into a slightly more down to Earth role after his famous portrayal of Loki. Beyond the obvious fact that having actors of this calibre makes a film better, it also means that no-one is safe from death. In any monster flick (which is what I would label this film, if I had to at this stage), there has to be a threat to our main characters, and if there's just one or two big names then it seems obvious that they'll survive. With four super-stars though, anyone is dispensable, meaning tension can be high throughout the whole film.
3) The Writers
All four writers have worked on a wide variety of projects with differing qualities. One of the writers though, is Dan Gilroy, writer and director of the absolutely fantastic Nightcrawler. If he can bring the wit, layers, and punch that we saw in Nightcrawler, then we're in for a thrilling ride. The other writers' credits include: Jurassic World, Godzilla (2014), and Real Steel. The combined pool of writers there definitely has the potential to deliver something pretty amazing. It's no guarantee, as having more than two writers always runs the risk of running into the "two many cooks" problem. Still, I'm excited to see what they come up with.
Having watched the trailer, I'm quite in awe of how stunning this movie looks. At least, I'm in awe of the visuals which they cut into the two minutes they've shown us so far. King Kong himself looks incredible, and the colours, design, and framing of each shot look absolutely beautiful. It is always hard to tell from trailers, and this one is particularly coy, but I'm still cautiously optimistic about the world that I've seen so far. Maybe you don't consider how a film looks all that important, but when it comes to big action-adventure films, I think that keeping things visually engaging can go a long way.
5) God Damn Godzilla
Maybe talking about a film scheduled for 2020 is getting a little ahead of myself, but I'm sorry, I'm just really looking forward to seeing a giant sized King Kong facing up with the King of Kaiju. These two are a duo that have done some pretty incredible things over the years, and I can't wait to see these two brought to life with modern technology, especially considering how good the Godzilla fight was at the end of his recent film. Say what you will about that movie as a whole, if we can get a scene like that between these two titans, then I am all in for this whole franchise.
All in all, I'm pretty excited for Kong: Skull Island, and I reckon it could well be one of the better films to come out next year. But you already know what I think, and I'm more interested in hearing your thoughts.
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