Kong: Skull Island Trailer

From the studio that brought you the latest Godzilla, comes a retelling of King Kong, Kong: Skull Island.  Set in the 1970s, when a team of explorers press into uncharted territory to find a missing explorer and his mysterious formula, they’re marooned on a treacherous island. Filled with giant monsters and hostile natives, the explorers must fight to survive.  And as they learn the island’s secrets, they must also contend with the its king, Kong!

Those who have read my first blog of Kong: Skull Island know that I wasn’t too thrilled about its first teaser. That being said, this trailer has changed my mind somewhat. Nothing will ever compare to Peter Jackson’s adaptation, but this Kong looks like it will be a fun romp to say the least. So let’s dig in.

As always our story revolves around a group of soldiers/scientists getting stuck on a spooky island.  Unlike Jackson’s Skull Island, this island is much more lush than craggy.  Tall tropical trees, mountain vistas, and giant animals litter the island. A clear nod to the Vietnam War era this film is based on, Apocalypse Now. One interesting feature is the clear lack of dinosaurs. Sure we’ve been teased their bones, but so far there have been no visuals on the terrible lizards. Instead, we’re given something else….

Perhaps the biggest addition to the island are the crawlers.  They are giant prehistoric lizards that live underground. I think it’s safe to say these are the chief monster antagonists for Kong to fight. Their design is sleek and agile, and I can’t help but feel a sense of familiarity in design. The giant two-armed knuckle-dragger model has been a popular choice for monster films in the past 20 years. It can be seen in Cloverfield, Star Trek, Super 8, and even more recently in the Mutos from Godzilla. So while cookie-cutter, I like the idea of Kong fighting something new and original.

Speaking of bipedal, let’s talk about the big Ape himself. This new Kong seems more gigantopithecus than gorilla. I was leery about an upright Kong, but here I think it works. Also added, this new Kong stands about one hundred feet tall, a whopping seventy-five feet taller than our last Kong.  He might be even bigger than his 1976 counterpart. So why make Kong so big this time you ask? Elementary, my dear readers: we’re getting a new cinematic universe. During the marketing for this movie, the studio has been teasing audiences with a mysterious organization, MONARCH. This agency played a key role in the latest American Godzilla movie.  This means that Godzilla and Kong exist together in the same universe. There has been talk for a while of redoing the 1960 Godzilla vs King Kong movie, and it looks like now that’s more possible than ever. But Kong’s only one hundred feet tall, how can he fight Godzilla. Well, that’s where this aforementioned, mysterious formula comes in.

If I was a betting man, I’d say that the formula has the secret to why stuff is giant and weird on Skull Island. If down the road they give this formula to Kong once more he could be big enough to take on Godzilla. That’s just my guess, anyway. Personally, I think Godzilla could take Kong any time, any place.

So the latest Kong: Skull Island trailers finds some redemption in my eyes. Will it continue to impress up until release? Only time will tell. Check out Kong: Skull Island March 10, 2017.

 

 

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