Aaah, movie evening with a big monkey on the menu...
A reboot of the King Kong franchise, and second film of the Legendary pictures "monsters" franchise they are setting up, this star-filled film is not of the climb the Empire State Building variety.
In 1973, the US government sends out an expedition to a mist and storm enclosed mysterious island, and together with a unit of military they start doing seismic detonations to map the area. This brings them the fury of Kong, a gigantic ape, and the survivors, including the science team and a journalist, are scattered along the island.
One group links up with Hank Marlow, a ww2 pilot crashed on the island since 1944. He tells them about evil creatures living on the island, and how Kong is the only thing protecting the island from them. However, Packard, the commander of the US forces is out for revenge against the big beast for slaying his men.
Now, if I say big beast, that is literally reflective for the whole island. Giant spiders, a fantastic walking stick... everything on the island is hundreds of times larger then what we know. It is greatly made in special effects, and the film hosts a star ensemble including Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Hiddleston amongst others in his cast.
But was it a good movie? Well, yes actually. It is entertaining, and while the whole finale at times feels like it could have done with an additional 15 minutes for what is basically a tick off of reducing survivors.
Never the less, it was a nice one to watch on a rainy evening.
And now let`s wait for that Godzilla vs King Kong with Jaegers flick ;-)
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