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Three reasons why you must catch the jungle-rumbling Kong: Skull Island

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Kong the king's monstrous movie got us roaring and beating our chest.

Kong: Skull Island, proves to be the most badass rendition of King Kong, the towering gorilla we all know and love.

The film, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, takes place at the very end of the Vietnam War. Scientists and soldiers go on an expedition to a mysterious island for a supposed geological discovery mission, only to find themselves in a stunning but terrifying prehistoric world. 

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IN AN UNCHARTERED ISLAND ON THE PACIFIC, GIANT MONSTERS OF ALL FORMS THRIVE. 
PHOTO CREDIT: WARNER BROS

Here are three reason why you should check out Kong: Skull Island.

1. Tom Hiddleston in iMAX 3D glory

I am not going to lie, I was more than a little excited to watch Tom Hiddleston in full 3D cinematic experience. And boy, he did not disappoint. 

Tom has a way of making men and women swoon. While we are used to his role as the mischievous Loki in the Thor franchise, his kind, blue eyes managed to make his role as the neutral-good tracker pretty believable.
 
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TOM PLAYS A DECOMMISSIONED BRITISH OFFICER WORKING AS A RUGGED, 
MERCENARY-LIKE TRACKER – RIPPLING MUSCLES AND ALL.
PHOTO CREDIT: WARNER BROS

Although he follows the expedition purely for the money, Tom's character shows compassion and understanding for the environment around him, even stopping a young US soldier from shooting at a giant water buffalo the size of a bus (their tombstones would have read "death by monster buffalo" if he didn't).

2. It's more than just guns and monsters

Monster movies tend to be shallow. But while there is more action than dialogue in Kong, it showcases one of humanity's most prevalent problems – the fear of the unknown, and how our instinct is to destroy the unknown before even trying to understand it.

Kong is the orphaned god of the jungle, protecting native people from 'skull crawlers', the nasty, ruthless, subterranean giant lizards (Godzilla foreshadowing, maybe?) living beneath the islands that killed his parents.

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CONSIDERING KONG: SKULL ISLAND AND GODZILLA (2014) SHARE PRODUCERS, 
COULD WE HAVE A KONG VS GODZILLA MOVIE IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
PHOTO CREDIT: KING KONG VS. GODZILLA

However, due to a minor misunderstanding with seismic bombs that leads to Kong killing some soldiers – that were attacking him and his home, by the way – Samuel L. Jackson's character, a decorated and dedicated war hero, vows to bring the king down.

The effects of war turned him into a violent killing machine, and was a critique of how we mindlessly wage war against that which we do not understand.

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SAMUEL L. JACKSON PLAYS LIEUTENANT COLONEL PRESTON PACKARD, DEDICATED
SOLDIER 
WHO IS PERHAPS, UNABLE TO SEE LIFE AFTER WAR.
PHOTO CREDIT: WARNER BROS

3. Dirty street fighting…in the jungle!

What I love about Kong: Skull Island is the sheer brutality of the fight scenes between Kong and the monsters he faces – including the humans.

As gentle as some scenes make him out to be, Kong is not one to be messed with, proving himself to be a wicked fighter.

From ripping giant octopuses out from underneath him and slurping down their tentacles to ripping the guts out of a skull crawler, Kong uses all the tools within his kingdom to win a fight, and we applaud him for that. 
 
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WITH A MUG LIKE THAT, WHO IS DUMB ENOUGH TO TRY MESSING WITH KONG?
PHOTO CREDIT: WARNER BROS

Whether it's a cane made out of a whole uprooted tree, or a knuckle buster from the propeller of an old ship, the audience was hooked to the blood and guts flying out of the screen in epic 3D. 

Kong: Skull Island is definitely one to watch, with its riveting cast, amazing CGI effects and wicked action scenes. Go on and experience Kong, the king of the jungle.

Kong: Skull Island (PG) opens in cinemas Mar 9.

TEASER AND BANNER CREDITS: WARNER BROS

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