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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Set in 1973 after the fall of Viet Nam, a Lieutenant Colonel (Samuel L. Jackson) and his men are asked to assist an expedition to an uncharted island that is supposedly looking for geological findings. What they find could kill them! Big, loud, soulless, empty and awful! Directed by Jordan Vogt Roberts, this isn't a strict remake of the 1933 KING KONG (which has already been done twice). The "beauty and the beast" aspect of the story has been jettisoned. What we get is a bunch of annoying assholes that had me rooting for every human death! I mean when you're cheering on some kind of giant lizard creature to gobble up poor Brie Larson, something's wrong! It seems the film makers have overdosed on watching APOCALYPSE NOW too many times with its 70s rock soundtrack, whack job soldiers and bomb explosions. If you hadn't seen Larson and Tom Hiddleston in other movies, you'd be thinking, "Who are these bland talentless schmucks?". If you're into CGI monsters battling each other, you'll probably have a good time but it's the kind of movie I'll barely remember in six months. With John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Richard Jenkins, Jing Tian, Corey Hawkins and Shea Whigham. 

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