Kong: Skull Island review

The biggest ape of them all is back on the big screen.

Kong: Skull Island is taking over cinemas globally.

It's 1973, and scientist John Goodman convinces the White House to green light a mission to a remote island to check out the locals.

He gets a military escort straight from the jungles of Vietnam. Cue a fleet of Hueys and Samuel L Jackson leading his loyal platoon into who knows what, who knows where.

Well, we find out the 'who knows what' as soon as they fly into the 'who knows where' - and before we can say King Kong there are no more choppers, lots of dead bodies, and  John C Reilly.

Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson are tracker and photojournalist slash eye candy in the two most under-baked of the characters.

They're soon convinced the only way to survive Skull Island is to make love not war - and making friends with the big guy may be their only hope.

Kong: Skull Island is certainly not short on action and setting this against the backdrop of the Vietnam War was a clever repositioning for many reasons, as was gathering a very good cast.

Maybe my expectations were set just a little high as it wasn't even close to a home run for me, but still plenty going on for most audiences to sink their rainy day teeth into.

Three-and-a-half stars.

Kong: Skull Island

:: Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

:: Starring: Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Corey Hawkins, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell, John C Reilly

:: Running Time: 118 minutes

:: Rating: M - Violence and offensive language

:: Release Date: 09 March 2017


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