Every few years we cycle through a new Tarzan, a new Jungle Book, and a new King Kong. Maybe it’s time for a new Conan? A new Flash Gordon? All of these classic stories will be made and remade forever. They are timeless classics of fantasy for each generation to meet for the first time.
The latest is director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island. After several lesser sequels to the Jurassic Park franchise, why not show us a similar idea, but let the filmmakers have some fun with it? Samuel L. Jackson is showcased like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando or Predator. It’s about time we saw Jackson take on a tough guy action role like this. And John C. Reilly should make for some good comic relief.
The monsters look great, and you’ll get the idea that cinematographer Larry Fong was given the brass ring to lay on extra layers of fun. The man behind the camera for Super 8, Watchmen, 300, and the next Predator movie offers up explosions galore here, an Apocalypse Now riff there. And an entire Land of the Lost full of oversized creatures.
Check out these fun new trailers for Kong: Skull Island:
Plus, check out the main cast: John Goodman, Brie Larson, and Tom Hiddleston. Not bad at all.
Look for Kong: Skull Island in theaters March 10, 2017.