Awaken the King.
Cinema’s favourite monster gets a colossally entertaining reboot with a genre blending fantasy adventure that combines creature-feature spectacle and grunts-in-the-jungle thrills. King Kong meets Apocalypse Now.
It’s 1973, the US is pulling out of the Vietnam War and John Goodman’s crackpot explorer is mounting an expedition to an uncharted island in the South Pacific, accompanied by Tom Hiddleston’s ex-SAS officer turned tracker and Brie Larson’s sceptical anti-war photographer, with Samuel L Jackson’s gung-ho army officer and his helicopter squadron providing a military escort. Of course, the expedition has barely landed on the island before things start going sideways…
There is B-movie escapism galore as director Jordan Vogt-Roberts springs an array of weird critters on the island’s luckless visitors – from a giant spider to the ghastly reptilian skullcrawlers. A splendid mix of CGI and motion-capture wizardry, the eponymous Kong is the island’s biggest beast. And he’s the film’s most impressive creation, too, though he never attains the poignancy of the figure in the original 1933 movie. Still, when he rampages, swatting helicopters out of the skies and stomping their occupants into the ground, fans of creature features will go ape.
Certificate 12A. Runtime 118 mins. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Kong: Skull Island available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.