What's on at the movies 9th March 2017?


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KONG: SKULL ISLAND ✪✪✪ Opened March 9


They keep coming back to him because Kong is part of our history, our childhood, and thanks to the remakes, our teenage hood, our twenties, our forties and, well, you get the picture. They are mining the poor ape for all they can get. Have we seen this all before? Yep!

But least Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the director doesn't insult our intelligence by hiding Kong away for the big reveal, like we'd be surprised they can create a realistic gorilla. Kong's there pretty much in the first twenty minutes in a re-enactment of Apocalypse Now take-no-prisoners all out war. Oh yeah, it's set in the sixties so the unsubtle message that war is bad and Vietnam was pointless is brought home throughout.

The first two thirds of the film are good fun and the monsters, well, you've never seen monsters done this well. So that's a plus. The cracks start to appear in the last third where the screenwriters run out of ideas and the story devolves into more battles and chest beating, That's the humans not the monkey. Around this point the screenwriters slow the pace so you feel as though the story is dragging it' knuckles across the screen and picking at it's navel.

Still if silly action fun with awesome CGI is your entertainment of choice and you're okay with plot holes you can hurl a helicopter through, as well as character motivation with which a bunch of monkeys would take issue, then go right ahead and grab a box of popcorn, (try to stay away from the soda, sugar bad for you) and go enjoy the funky monkey. I've sat through a lot worse in this genre.


Film Blurb

"Kong: Skull Island" reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts ("The Kings of Summer"). In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific - as beautiful as it is treacherous - unaware that they're crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong. "Kong: Skull Island" stars Tom Hiddleston ("The Avengers," "Thor: The Dark World"), Samuel L. Jackson ("The Hateful Eight," "Avengers: Age of Ultron"), Oscar winner Brie Larson ("Room," "Trainwreck"), John Goodman ("Transformers: Age of Extinction," "Argo") and John C. Reilly ("Guardians of the Galaxy," "Step Brothers").

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