Kong: Skull Island (2017) Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Sustained threat, action violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    It's on like Kong.

  • Starring:

    Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Tian Jing, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell

  • Directed by:

    Jordan Vogt-Roberts

  • Running time:

    118 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Suicide mission (grenades). Characters are shot, impaled, eaten, stomped on, crushed, bitten, pursued, carried away by creatures, sliced, slashed, thrown through the air/to the ground, hit with objects, blown up by seismic charges/grenades, threatened, held at gunpoint/knifepoint, wrapped up in spider webbing, burned, head/body-slammed, chained, shot with flare. People fall from very high up. Mid-air collisions, helicopter crashes, helicopters grabbed/torn apart/smashed together/punched out of the sky. A creature rips another creature's tongue out. A man's palms are sliced while holding on to the blade edge of a sword, a man's arm is ripped off, a woman almost drowns. Explosions, burning lake (napalm). Archival footage of war, trenches, soldiers, artillery, protests, military aircraft/warships/submarines. Missing ships and planes, Bermuda triangle, nuclear tests, Cold War, fighting the Nazis mentioned. Roaring, arguing. Blood/gore: Dead soldiers, dead creatures. A creature spews out a human skull. Bloody heads, faces, knuckles, fingers, hands, lips, noses, arms, fur, cuts, scratches. Limbs/tentacles are ripped/hacked off. Blood spatter (red/blue), insect goo. Burning fur/flesh. A man slices his finger on a tin. Freshly-dug graves, skeletons. Archival footage of injured soldiers being carried. Bandaged hand.


    Brothel setting, exotic dancing, women in lingerie. Shirtless men. Hugging.


    Alcohol (beer, shots). Smoking (cigarettes, Dieu Cay pipes). Anti-malarial medication mentioned.


    F-word, s-word, a-words, b*tch, bastards, balls. Name-calling (crackpot, crazy, sonofab*tch, dumb*ss, idiots, etc). Religious exclamations (damn, I'll be damned, oh God, Oh my God, what the hell, thank God, this place is hell, who in the hell, etc).


    King Kong, remote islands, expedition, survival, seismic charges, revenge, photojournalism, sacrifice, World War II, Vietnam War, hollow earth theory, tracking.


    Dead father (plane crash), dead family mentioned. Dead friends/soldiers/colleagues. Estranged family. Helicopters, lightning, thunder, full moon. Flock of birds, dragonfly, deer, fireflies, moths, flies. Giant creatures shaped like gorillas, water buffalo, spiders, lizards, octopus, stick/log insects. Spitting. Hot dog eaten. Very brief Japanese dialogue (subtitles). Post-credits scene.


    Entertaining, effects-driven, action-heavy, pacey, audacious, outrageous, characterful, accomplished, eccentric, retro, exciting, visceral, silly, breezy, goofy, satisfying, fun, polished. Warm/funny/moving/scene-stealing/hilarious/soulful performance by John C. Reilly, multi-dimensional/accessible characters, fearsome/observant/sensitive/tragic/muscular/towering Kong, inventive/exciting monster scenes, wild/flamboyant/electrifying/captivating/memorable action, mind-blowing/astonishing CGI, creative/graphic deaths, throwaway humour, avoids many genre clichés, ravishing/deep/swoony cinematography.


    Predictable, uneven, overblown, clichéd. Pithy screenplay, some weak/dumb characters, leaden dialogue.

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