Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

söndag 9 december 2018


Directed by: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Written by: Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly
Stars:  Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson... read more

Country: USA | China
Style: Action | Adventure
Runtime: 1h 58min

Monster movies are as much a part of horror films as slashers, splatter films, ghost stories, giallo or zombie films. The horror or terror in these films seem to lie in the widespread or larger scope of destruction the giant sized creature or creatures inflict. No larger than life on screen monster has more notoriety or movies under its belt than Godzilla. Godzilla may have more popularity but people have always had a soft spot for King Kong. My thoughts about this rely on King Kong's human like traits such as compassion and a general male recognition of human women. For these human like qualities King Kong has always been a movie monster favorite.

Peter Jackson tried telling the classic tale and it was a valiant effort in scope but didn't seem to catch on in the same fashion for widespread audiences. Skull Island fortunately takes a completely different approach but at the same time still keeping the basic principles of King Kong intact. Skull Island is a big budget outing but its so colorful, entertaining and has such an array of larger than life characters I couldn't help but turn off my brain and enjoy the ride.

One of the many elements that work in Kong: Skull Island is the setting and not specifically the island itself upon which the majority of the film takes place but the time during which the film takes place. The back drop of the movie occurs in 1973 at the end of the Vietnam war and Skull Island uses this to its advantage by delivering a stellar backdrop involving the army and some amazing music of that era. On the heels of an unsuccessful campaign in Vietnam there is a lot of tension in the government and two scientists use this leverage to their advantage by furthering their major research and exploration project.

Great cast of characters in this one with some great larger than life and extremely tongue in cheek performances. Tom Hiddleston known mainly for his role as the evil brother of Thor in The Avengers plays the hero or the "main guy" as my youngest song likes to call him. Its equal parts satisfying and bizarre seeing Hiddleston in a role such as Captain James Conrad. Brie Larson is the eye candy and Kong's female muse in this one, she is known for her Oscar winning performance in Room and will be playing the upcoming lead in Captain Marvel. John Goodman has a great and wacky role as Bill Randa, a scientist for Monarch, an organization which may have more than meets the eye when it comes to its research practices. The best two characters and most humorous are Samuel L. Jackson who reprises a common over the top, larger than life role in this and John C. Reilly who is really supremely funny and enigmatic in whatever role he so chooses to endeavor in.

I read reviews about the male posturing, plot holes abound blah blah blah It's a fucking monster movie people! I want lots of great effects, entertaining performances and Kong: Skull Island delivers this and more. It reminds me of being a kid again and enjoying a larger than life display of visual eye candy. There is some great comedy, lots of thrills, the color scheme and visuals plus camera work is spectacular plus the movie never lets up once it gets going for a split second. I really can't praise it enough and its fun for everyone, my wife and one of my sons watched it and enjoyed it without hesitation. It's a nostalgic, energetic and indulgent joyride.

My rating: 4 out of 5


Produced by:  Alex Garcia, Jon Jashni... read more
Cinematography by: Larry Fong
Editing by: Richard Pearson
Special Effects by: Ozzy Alvarez, Amy Cannon... read more
Music by: Henry Jackman
Language: English | Vietnamese
Color: Color

DistributorWarner Bros.


Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. Combined his love for underground films, music and comics with writing in the 90's. Started tape trading the good stuff around that time when originals of Italian classics by Fulci, Argento, Deodato, Castellari and Margheriti were hard to find. Then came German gore by Ittenbach and Schnaas, Mondo movies and Japanese gore such as Guinea Pig and Men Behind The Sun. Written for Violent Maniacs Cage, Mortados Pages Of Filth, ZFE Films With Attitude, Severed Cinema, Goregasmic Cinema, Pophorror & Extreme Horror Cinema.