Kong: Skull Island Box Office Tracking Suggests A Hit

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The group, along with an anti-war photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), board a vessel to the island.

But, it is also, if we're honest, a little bit genius too. I really found the direction and special effects to be fantastic in this movie. But these two are absolutely wasted as expensive eye candy. Samuel L. Jackson's Col. Packard isn't one she'd be willing to lose, though.

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But like the expedition it loses its way on the island. He takes this Kong business very personally, which sets up a showdown that viewers can see from miles away.

Previous retellings have set the bar fairly low, although this new one, a 1970s-set action adventure directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, starts like it has something to live up to.

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"I've seen a humpback whale breach, quite close quarters, and in that moment I felt so small, and like I was in the presence of something majestic, and whose intelligence I didn't understand". The visuals here are fantastic and make for a wild ride, especially in 3D in an IMAX theater. All this we learn from that aforementioned paratrooper, Hank Marlow (an endearing John C. Reilly), who's been stranded here since 1944. He's mostly here for comic relief and lunges at his role with almost as much gusto as Jackson. In the second part of the movie, the island's gorgeous views and the intense battle scenes manage to keep the audiences entertained. The actors mostly seem to be playing for a paycheck. Unlike so many sequels/remakes, it's not hard to think of a justification for yet another round with King Kong: CGI technology is much better than it was even a decade ago, when Peter Jackson's bloated but often thrilling "King Kong" hit screens. The ape is the headliner and he doesn't disappoint. Skull Island is appropriately odd and scary, with massive bugs attacking from the sky and creatures that you don't realize look exactly like the massive tree you're resting your head on until it's nearly too late. He's all that's stopping vicious lizard creatures from destroying everything there. Warner Bros and Legendary now have four monster movies in total planned for a unified MonsterVerse. We admit it, we even hid behind our jackets at one time, but we are perhaps top sensitive ...

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