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.
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.
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.
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.
3. Dirty street fighting…in the jungle!
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.
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.