After a brief tease earlier this year, we’ve finally got a nice, long look at the King Kong film that brought Tom Hiddleston, John C Reilly and Oscar winner Brie Larson to the Gold Coast.
Kong: Skull Island looks like it’s going to be different, at the very least.
It’s good to see a monster movie that’s so upfront about its monster — we get good, clear looks at King King in the trailer, so it definitely won’t take long for him to start bringing the ruckus in the movie.
The tone is all over the place, and John C Reilly seems to have been parachuted in from a different movie altogether, but that makes a nice change from something like Gareth Edwards’ 2014 remake of Godzilla, which took itself very seriously.
It does continue a weird trend of filmmakers conflating the King Kong story with Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness — the novella was name-checked heavily in Peter Jackson’s 2005 take on Kong, and this one looks to be ripping visuals straight from Apocalypse Now (which was also based on Heart of Darkness). That’s… something, I guess?
I don’t know. It all looks pretty cartoon-y, but it’ll probably be good fun.
If nothing else, we have Kong: Skull Island to thank for the sight of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and John C Reilly riding mechanical animals around Pac Fair, so it’s got that going for it.
Kong: Skull Island will be released in Australia on Thursday 10 March 2017.