Peter Jackson's 2005 King Kong was a lot of things - a period piece, an adventure, a tragic romance - but above all it was an action movie that had lots of scenes of Kong doing battle with other massive prehistoric monsters. Computer technology allowed Jackson to take the monster combat aspect of the classic story and really run with it, creating some truly memorable fights including one pitting Kong against a pair of T-Rexes - a fight that did not end well for the T-Rexes.
As Legendary prepares to bring Kong back to screens with Kong: Skull Island, one thing has become evident through the promotional material seen so far: there will be a whole lot of fights like that T-Rex battle from the 2005 movie involving a greater array of monsters. With the film's release just days away, Legendary is set to turn the hype machine into overdrive by giving us another look at the monster v. monster mayhem that will be unleashed.
The newest Kong: Skull Island trailer is set to come out tomorrow, Monday, February 27th, 2017, and Tom Hiddleston was nice enough to share a brief teaser on Twitter. The clip is pretty straightforward - there's Kong and there are a couple of dinosaurs who have done something to anger him, so Kong pounds them in the face - but it definitely promises some spectacle in the final trailer.
— Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston) February 26, 2017
Kong: Skull Island follows a group of Vietnam-era soldiers accompanied by a heroic photojournalist (Brie Larson) and a shady government operative (John Goodman) as they discover an uncharted island populated by an assortment of very large, very toothy and very hostile creatures. The king of this island is Kong himself, a more massive and terrifying version of the ape than we've ever seen before. Almost every action element of the standard Kong story seems to have been magnified for the new film, with Kong literally being inflated to new gigantic proportions (he will have to be big if he's going to eventually fight Godzilla).
What happens to the story of Kong when you strip away almost everything, including the love story between Kong and the blonde damsel-in-distress, leaving behind mostly straight-forward combat elements? Some might argue that Kong should be more than just a giant ape punching dinosaurs and fighting off helicopters. Previous versions of the story at least attempted to introduce some subtext that made the proceedings more interesting than your standard monster movie fare.
Then there are those who will argue that Kong was weighted down by too much weird sexual undertones and, in the case of Peter Jackson's 2005 version especially, silly romantic fluff. Perhaps Kong: Skull Island still retains some of that subtext, but the hints we've gotten so far make this look more like an Aliens-style combat film set on an island of really angry prehistoric monsters. It's possible Kong might actually be better as a straight-ahead action movie filled with tons of fights, explosions and other carnage.
Source: Tom Hiddleston
- Kong: Skull Island (2017) release date: Mar 10, 2017
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019