Kong: Skull Island

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Year of Release: 2017

Genre: Action/Adventure

Related to/Remake of: King Kong (1933), King Kong (1976), King Kong (2005)

Directed By: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Music By: Henry Jackman

Starring: Tom Hiddleston (as James Conrad), Samuel L. Jackson (as Preston Packard), John Goodman (as William “Bill” Randa), Brie Larson (as Mason Weaver), Terry Notary (as King Kong), Toby Kebbell (as Jack Chapman), Corey Hawkins (as Houston Brooks), Jason Mitchell (as Glen Mills), Shea Whigham (as Earl Cole), Thomas Mann (as Reg Slivko), and John C. Reilly (as Hank Marlow)

Basic Plot: A mercenary/guide leads a group of scientists and their military escorts, along with a photographer, to the mysterious Skull Island, ostensibly for untapped natural resources.  Once they arrive, they come face-to-face with numerous monstrous creatures previously unknown to the modern world.

Rating (Out of 4): 3

Pros: John C. Reilly steals every single scene he’s in.  The special effects are great, with Kong appearing in his largest size ever.  Great creature-on-creature battle scenes.  Doesn’t spend a lot of time on long-winded speeches.

Cons: It takes a while to actually get to Skull Island.  Could have used a lot more of John C. Reilly.