A big part of what will undoubtedly make Kong: Skull Island so memorable is its 1970s tropical jungle aesthetic. Seeing Kong silhouetted against the warm haze of a Vietnamese sunset is an image that viewers aren't going to forget anytime soon. It's also a setting that helped distance the reboot from its previous incarnations and established its own unique tone.
Of course, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts was able to bring that vision to life thanks to one incredible concept artist: Eddie Del Rio.
This Looks Familiar
Vogt-Roberts was obviously pretty keen on Del Rio's ideas. Some of #KongSkullIsland's most memorable shots look like they leapt right off the page and onto the big screen— including that epic sword scene:
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What We Didn't See In The Movie
As io9 pointed out, some of the pieces show Kong perched on a monstrous throne, indicating an original storyline that involved Kong being worshipped by the human inhabitants of the island:
Nevertheless, the studio stayed true to Del Rio's vision, adhering to his neon color scheme for Skull Island's official posters:
A Seasoned Pro
Del Rio's made quite the name for himself as a concept artist. He's previously worked for Lucasfilm, did the concept art for Steven Spielberg's upcoming movie adaptation of cult sci-fi novel Ready Player One, and even created the #Godzilla concept art for the pitch that secured the go-ahead for the studio:
Suffice to say, Del Rio's probably going to continue to produce some stellar concept art for future #Monsterverse films.
What did you think of Kong: Skull Island's aesthetic?