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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Malcolm R, Jul 15, 2016.

  1. Jeff Cooper

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    Looks friggin awesome! The only disappointment is that the Kong / Creature battle in that trailer almost seemed an identical copy of the Kong / T-rex fight.
     
  2. Johnny Angell

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    I noticed that too. However, remember we only see a snippet of it. There's room for it to be different.

    That fight in PJ's Kong was pretty damn good!
     
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    Looking at the trailers, the new Kong seems more manlike than the 2005 version, that Kong had apelike dimensions, naturally on all fours, this one is less of a mountain Gorilla shape, & more like the images that you get in comics & on book covers, quite right, after all, Kong isn't a Gorilla, he's a creature that looks Gorilla like.
     
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    Thirty reviews have come in so far, and the film is sitting at 80% fresh over at Rotten Tomatoes with all of the "Top Critic" opinions being positive.
     
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  5. Johnny Angell

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    Good news.
     
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    Can't believe I'll have a chance to see two movies in the theater this month: Logan today and Kong in a couple weeks!
     
  7. Johnny Angell

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    The local Little Rock paper gave Logan a very good review.
     
  8. Malcolm R

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    The EW review gives their usual grade of B- (the same grade given recently for Logan and Beauty & the Beast)
     
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    My first viewing will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. in 3-D at my nearest IMAX theater.:D
     
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    Ditto.
     
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    Seeing it tomorrow night at an AMC IMAX, Looking forward to a fun movie.
     
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    Chicago Tribune gave it a really good review yesterday. The reviewer liked it more than Jackson's version. This is one to get me into an actual theater!
     
  13. Johnny Angell

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    I liked PJ's version and I specially liked the change in Kong's character. However I'm flexible and I really want to like this film even more.
     
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    I liked Jackson's film well enough, but it was far too long and overindulgent for me to consider it even close to being something like a classic. I'm very interested in Skull Island though and am looking forward to an IMAX 3D experience.
     
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    Jackson is the type of filmmaker I personally like to be indulgent. I know that rubs people the wrong way with his King Kong and the Hobbit films, but I love it because it comes from a place of real adoration that he has for the material.
     
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    I have no problem with his indulgences as far as LOTR is concerned because the material lends itself to that kind of filmmaking. IMO though he went way off the rails with both Kong and the three Hobbits, his adoration for the material notwithstanding.

    And now, back to Kong: Skull Island. ;)
     
  17. Johnny Angell

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    You gotta love his enthusiasm. Who else would have devoted the time he did to producing the Kong Diaries are whatever they were called. And there's that effort he and his team put into "re-creating" the lost spider pit sequence. Gotta love that.

    I don't think he went of the rails, but perhaps he widened them a little. ;) I wouldn't mind the film getting to Skull Island quicker and that odd slow motion he does, I don't like it.

    However, whenever I watch his Kong, I don't use the skip button.
     
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    I think there was a great 2 hour movie lurking inside of Jackson's Kong, and a great two part tale hiding within the excessive bloat of The Hobbit films. Somewhere. ;)
     
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    Just got back; very entertaining. It's not gonna stick with me like Logan, but it's a fun ride, and Kong himself looks amazing.
     
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    I have been watching Kaiju flicks since 1979 or so. I've seen every Godzilla flick dozens of times, all the incarnations of Kong, everything that Ray Harryhausen ever put to film, giant ants, giant birds, and all points in-between.

    I can say without fear of contradiction that the new Kong movie is well at the top of the pile. Gamera 3, Destroy All Monsters, Godzilla Final Wars, Shin Godzilla and now Skull Island.

    The story is pretty bog standard - get from point A to Point B while things try to eat you - but it is so gorgeously shot. The composition, the staging, the lighting - this thing looks great. The monster designs are interesting, the action is well staged, the use of 70's music is well done. Everything about this flick screams "stylish".

    Yes the humans are painted a little bit thing - but then why would you care about the humans in a Kaiju flick? I'm okay with this Not every character needs to have a story arc and growth and resolution to some kind of background trauma? Especially when the story isn't about them, it's about Kong. Loading down the script with more would have distracted from why we were all here - to see Kong kick some ass. The story is about the story, not the people.

    Oh, and for the complainers that said that "Godzilla is only in the movie for 10 minutes!" about G14, this thing is balls to the wall monster action. Kong vs planes, Kong vs monsters, Monsters vs humans - every few scenes, BAM! More monster mash.

    Oh, and be sure to hang around till the very end of the credits. For while Kong may be king of Skull Island, the King of The Monsters is waiting. . . .
     
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