Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures have released what they’re calling the final trailer for Kong: Skull Island, their attempt to set up a King Kong versus Godzilla remake. And they may understand the whole “shared universe” setup idea better than their DC counterparts do. So Legendary is better than the distributor? It depends on how good the movie is I guess. Legendary’s Godzilla suffered from not letting us see the monster battles, which hopefully the next director will remember to have in the sequel.
The original 1933 movie is…really that old? It’s also considered a classic, and none of the remakes, reboots, sequels, or animated shows have ever achieved that level. In fact they’re usually either scorned or made fun of. Even Peter Jackson’s most recent attempt has complaints of being too long, and I could have done without the creepy angle of Kong and Ann’s “relationship”. Also, why is it so hard to keep Jack in the same job? In the original he’s a sailor, in the 1976 movie I want to see like a train wreck aftermath (which what I hear it was) he’s a paleontologist, in the animated musical (yes, that actually exists and I really want to see it) he’s…I don’t actually know, Wikipedia says nothing, and in the 2005 movie he’s a screenwriter, possibly because the ACTUAL screenwriter wanted to date Ann Darrow. Is it really that hard? At least this remake doesn’t have a counterpart.
I’ve gotten off track, but that’s because I enjoy most of the movies I’ve seen for one reason or another. (King Kong Lives was kind of boring when I watched it.) And yes, the original will always be my favorite. But that doesn’t mean I won’t enjoy this new one. Or does it? Let’s watch the trailer.
So Kong is fighting the same kind of monsters Legendary’s Godzilla did? Interesting. Skullcrawlers seems to work for me, too. And did that guy remind anyone else of the host of Epic How To on Awe Me’s YouTube channel? Just me?
What I don’t understand is why our humans are there. Goodman’s character, according to Wikipedia, isn’t a filmmaker like Carl Denham. He works for the government. For some reason a peace activist is the photojournalist who comes along, but who are they at war with? We see them dropping bombs and chasing away wildlife but according to the synopsis on Wikipedia (possible spoilers by the way):
In 1971, a secretive organization known as Monarch finds an island that is shrouded in mystery and identified as the origin for new species. The resulting expedition to the island reveals that a giant monstrous ape named Kong is at the centre of a battle for dominion over the island, against the apex predators, nicknamed “Skullcrawlers”, responsible for wiping out his kind. As the expedition crew makes plans to fight for survival against Kong and the other monsters on the island, some of them begin to see that Kong is worth saving.
So they’re there to examine new animal species. And blow them up apparently, unless they call the military in later or something. You don’t see Jane Goodall packing heat do you?
So yeah, I’m excited to see this movie. If we actually get to see the monster battles. If we get a second guardian monster (Godzilla was out to destroy the MUTOs to save the world…which seeing Godzilla as a good guy again makes my inner child happy because that’s what I grew up with) then maybe/hopefully/doubtful given the crossover climate we’ll see Godzilla and Kong team up against a new monster threat instead of (just) fighting each other. Now Legendary just needs to do two things. Get the rights to Gamera…
…and call me to write the script. Or at least a tie-in comic with a really good kaiju artist.