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Kong: Skull Island


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..has a trailer and HOLY CRAP IS THAT A BIG APE.

And always amazing Brie Larson. This movie is looking good.


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I am looking forward to this one now and I didn't even know John Goodman is going to be in it.


I didn't know SLJ was in it!!?!!?


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SLJ is in every movie. It's a rule.


I guess so. But I don't think he was in Ghostbusters...

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HE was a ghost


Rosgakori wrote:
and HOLY CRAP IS THAT A BIG APE.

Well, they have to make him big enough to not be completely inconsequential when they have the Godzilla/King Kong crossover.


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The trailer looks cool, but I for one really prefer my Kongs to not be Kaiju sized.


Norman Osborne wrote:
Rosgakori wrote:
and HOLY CRAP IS THAT A BIG APE.
Well, they have to make him big enough to not be completely inconsequential when they have the Godzilla/King Kong crossover.

Good point.

Also while he's bigger than normal, doesn't mean he can't move or crap.

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Just saw Kong: Skull Island and it was great fun. Really good and solid monster movie. Miles ahead of that Godzilla movie from couple of years ago. Really creative monster designs, Kong himself was amazing and whole island was terrifying and wild place to visit.

Characters were bit thin, but Samuel L. Jackson's Vietnam veteran Packard was really good character. But this was John C. Reilly's show, he was absolutely amazing in this. Same time funny as hell and a sad and tragic character too. Also the military side characters were actually really likable, due to most of them being good character actors.

Definitely recommending this one. 2 hours went without noticing.


I might see it when it comes out on DVD.

In the meantime, have a thread theme song.


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I was sort of not excited about this (see earlier comment), but recent trailers convinced me to go. I actually really enjoyed it, and it's a huge improvement over the Legendary Godzilla, in that the human cast (which is pretty huge) is far more interesting and better used than in the prior Kaiju movie. Monster fights were good. Kong has probably about as much screen time/slightly more than Godzilla did in the prior movie, but the time not spent on Kong is spent on somewhat more interesting characters and lots of random monsters.

Most importantly, although the movie was largely played straight...this movie was FUN. Godzilla only had a few bits and pieces that could be considered that. I hope the future Legendary Kaiju movies go for the tone of Kong.

Make sure to stay for the after credit scene...


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Plus the Godzilla movie killed off the only character who I thought was likable.

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MMCJawa wrote:


Make sure to stay for the after credit scene...

Spoiler:
I was at the edge of my seat. I knew that those were going to get their own movies. I have already seen the Godzilla of this universe. BUT STILL it made shiver when I heard the roar. And I cheered out loud, something that is extremely rare in Finnish movie theaters :D Me and my extreme love for monster movies.
Scarab Sages

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Reviews seem to be all over the map for this. Except for John c reilly. He seems to be universally liked in this.


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well to increase your "all over the maps comments", while I didn't mind John C. Reilly, when he shows up he completely takes over the movie for a large portion of the middle section. I got a distinct sense that there were two different movie scripts out there, a post world war 2 script concentrating on soldiers getting stranded on the island, and a vietnam era movie about people visiting it. and at some point, both scripts were just awkwardly jammed together

Scarab Sages

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It was AWESOME!!!
No complaints. 4 1/2 stars.
Set in 1973 just after the treaty ending the Viet Nam war, SLJ's Packard is brilliant as an army colonel looking to continue the fight, no matter the enemy, so long as he is declared the winner.

Rosgakori wrote:
HOLY CRAP IS THAT A BIG APE.
Norman Osborne wrote:
Well, they have to make him big enough to not be completely inconsequential when they have the Godzilla/King Kong crossover.

Based on when he is holding Brie Larson in his hand, he is about the same size as he was in the 1976 movie when he held Jessica Lange. I didn't hear any complaints about that.

Spoiler:
John C. Riley's character says that Kong is just a boy and still growing, so he is going to be bigger when he and Godzilla meet.

I loved the after credits scene. All the Kaiju that were shown as paintings was great.


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archmagi1 wrote:
Reviews seem to be all over the map for this. Except for John c reilly. He seems to be universally liked in this.

John C Reilly is a great actor that I love in everything he is in...even if the movie is otherwise meh.


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Dragon78 wrote:

Plus the Godzilla movie killed off the only character who I thought was likable.

They didn't kill off Godzilla in that one.


Kong is still nowhere near as big as Godzilla. helicopter to kong is like a model. helicopter to last Godzilla is like a gnat.

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Vidmaster7 wrote:
Kong is still nowhere near as big as Godzilla. helicopter to kong is like a model. helicopter to last Godzilla is like a gnat.

Good thing he has + 30 years time to grow, since he was practically a teenager in Kong. Now THAT is going to be a big ape.


Huh good to know


I can't wait to see godzilla wipe the floor with this guy.

Scarab Sages

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Freehold DM wrote:
I can't wait to see godzilla wipe the floor with this guy.

But JW had nothing to do with that ape!?


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Saw it. Liked it.

To directly quote myself from elsewhere:

"Kong: Skull Island gave me what I paid for. Yes, the script has all the surprises and depth of a Bollywood romance. Yes, most of the characters are never really explored. Yes, it's really easy to tell which characters are probably gonna be monster-chow.

But Kong kicked the CRAP out of everything he fought with admirable brutality, the characters weren't dull, the visuals were lovely, the sound design was solid, and whoever served as the movie's armorer knew their weapons."


Saw it yesterday and really enjoyed it. It does what it says on the tin.

Spoiler:

Loved the after credits scene, from the "are you just going sit there in the dark bit to the cave painting. Think I saw Rodan, Mothra, Godzilla and Gidorah.

Kong's fight scenes were well done. Nicely animated although I wasn't that fond of the Skullcrawlers as a monster.

Actually surprised that John Goodman's character didn't make it.

Peeves: why oh why do pilots of whatever aircraft seem to fly straight towards giant monsters instead of doing the obvious thing and fly away or, you know, up?

And the heroic sacrifice that wasn't. Much like the native american soldier in Predator the build up to a brave sacrifice, a "no greater love hath man" moment was ruined by it's complete non-consequence.

Cheers


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Saw it today. loved it, can't wait for more giant monster goodness.


Just got back from seeing it and I loved it.

Much more kaiju battle than Godzilla, far easier to watch and a lot more screentime for monsters in general. The humans were also competently done, and had more personality than wet cardboard, unlike the ones in Godzilla. Great choreography and I loved how ridiculously agile Kong was. I really liked 2014 Godzilla but this may even surpass that. I'll have to wait until I calm down a bit more before I know for sure.
That end credits teaser has me seriously hyped for the rest of the movies they are hinting at.

If you want awesome monster action and somewhat competently done goofy humor and characters that aren't boring or terribly annoying (and can ignore a few minor plot holes), this movie is definitely worth your time.


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I like the 2014 Godzilla but the title monster was barely in it and I hated the design of the other monsters. But this had the title monster in it a lot more and had great monster designs.

Scarab Sages

Saw it tonight with the wife. Enjoyed the s@%& out of it. As noted in previous posts, there was way more of the monsters in this than were in Godzilla. Plenty of Kong action.

John C. Reilly was awesome.

The post credits scene had me stoked. Most of the other people in the theater left, rather than watch it.

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What was the post credit scene? I don't mind spoilers.

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End Credits

Spoiler:
They show cave paintings with Rodan, Mothra and King Gidora


Movie plot spoiler:
And big G himself, and the final sound you hear is Godzilla's roar


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Yeah, I agree John C. Reilly was awesome.


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Saw today it was great. Love John C. Reilly's character. The post credit scene was really great also.


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There is some really nice world building in this too. They are building this "Monster Universe" of theirs the right way. Little at a time, bits and pieces with clever hints.

The basic impression I get from both Kong and Godzilla, is that the more dangerous ancient species are kept in check by beings like Kong and the Big G. And it's been like that long enough for human civilization to build up. The slightest change in that ecosystem however and we could be screwed.

While Godzilla kind of came off as a force of nature that just instinctively hunted the MUTOS, Kong seems to have made a more concious choice to become a Guardian, or rather his kind made that choice and he's just kind of carrying on out of some sense of oblication.

I think Mothra can easily be considered one of these Guardian Beasts too.


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I would think Mothra would be one of those guardians since she is the closest thing to good unless you steal her two faeries and/or mess with her islanders.

It would be cool if Mothra and Rodan got their own movies.


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If you did not stay through the credits, you missed possibly one of the best lines ever...I thought Hiddleston was talking to us in the theater! Laughed so much!
My family and I were impressed. We went home and watched "Godzilla" all over again--we love that movie too. Always was a fan of Godzilla more than Kong, myself. A huge fire-breathing dinosaur is much more fun than a giant ape. Like both movies though and looking forward to whatever may develop in the future! Nice to see good clean monster movies again.
It's not often I see Sam Jackson in a role I begin to loathe, but he accomplished that quite well.
Reilly was just awesome.
Jian was rather quiet...until the after credit scene. Like her alot, especially in "The Great Wall"--seen it twice now. Will own it when on video. Loved it.

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