Kong: Skull Island comes out in two weeks and so far, it looks like it could actually deliver on the intense action promised by producers and actors. To date, the trailers have only given viewers brief glimpses at the action and certain moments of intensity, but with this third trailer for the film, it appears that many promises will be kept. This is director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' (The Kings of Summer) first foray into the blockbuster action genre, but you wouldn't know that based on this trailer.
Appropriately set to a remix of Eric Burdon and The Animals' "We Gotta Get Out of this Place", this trailer really establishes the fact that Kong: Skull Island is set in the middle of the Vietnam Era - something further reinforced by the type of camera gear, and military-style firearm used, including "Hueys" (helicopters). This trailer also showcases the humor that Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston are bringing to the table. Early on it was assumed that John C. Reilly would set the comedic tone for the film, but as this trailer shows, Larson and Hiddleston will carry their fair share of the laughs.
Coming in at number 15 on our Most Anticipated Movies of 2017, the trailers for Kong: Skull Island have been light on content - until now. This final trailer for the monstrous ape beast focuses heavily on Kong's battles with both trespassing humans and the gigantic monsters who roam his island. For the first time we get to see King Kong go toe-to-toe with the likes of "Skullcrawlers", huge spiders, and what appears to be a humongous octopus or squid. There appear to be many fight scenes in the movie, but the one that stands out has to be the "hero shot" of Kong, tree trunk in hand, facing off against a ferocious monster.
Arguably, John Goodman and Samuel L. Jackson are the most established names in this cast. Previously, both were front and center as the human "faces" of the film, but Larson and Hiddleston aren't exactly unknown to audiences, either. It's clear from this trailer both will play a bigger, if not more prominent role in the movie. Of course, the focus is rightfully on King Kong, and the humans present are just fodder for the island's giant, hungry, inhabitants. Though it's possible Kong and the human cast could split the screen time evenly.
Unlike previous movies about King Kong, which were set in the '30s (including the recently opened Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure), Kong: Skull Island is firmly planted in the '70s - though the iconic "love story" between Kong and the lead female character appears to have been included. Of course, there's no way to tell if this movie has actually delivered a strong and entertaining second entry into Universal's shared monster universe - Gareth Edwards' Godzilla being the first. At the very least, watching Vogt-Roberts' King Kong smash Edwards' Godzilla in the face with a huge tree branch has the potential to satisfy action fans.
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- Kong: Skull Island (2017) release date: Mar 10, 2017