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)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    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.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

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

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

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

  • LANGUAGE:

    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).

  • THEMES:

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

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    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.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    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.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

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

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