“That’s Kong. He’s king around here.”
It’s as good an introduction to the new, super-sized king of the apes of Kong: Skull Island, who with his giant paw-prints on the side of cliff faces and casual swatting aside of army helicopters, makes for a far more formidable presence than we’ve seen from him before – and the barometer was already set high.
Judging by the trailer, the premise will centre around mankind – inevitably – acting like a bunch of arseholes, flying to Skull Island (the name alone should have served as a clue that it’s probably not a nice place to visit), detonating bombs to “map” the area (what’s wrong with just photographing it?), before encountering Kong, who inevitably doesn’t take kindly to being bombed.
Before long, the survivors encounter the natives – including among their number John C Reilly’s character, who appears to have marooned some time previously and made a home on the island, and discover that Kong is the least of their worries, since he’s actually there to guard agaist the subterranean “Skullcrawlers” (“Never said that name out loud before, it sounds stupid now that I say it”. Reilly again), who also proceed to make a fiery entrance.
Read the synopsis and watch the first full-length trailer for Kong: Skull Island, starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Samuel L Jackson, John C Reilly, Tian Jing, Toby Kebbell, Corey Hawkins, Shea Whigham and more:
Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”).
In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.
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