Kong: Skull Island is the latest film to bring King Kong to the big screen, arriving 12 years after Peter Jackson's epic remake of the original 1933 film. Unlike other versions of this story, Kong: Skull Island remains on the titular island, as this group of explorers encounter many deadly creatures. After an initial attack by Kong, the expedition finds themselves separated. Conrad and Weaver end up finding a local tribe, who has been sheltering World War II soldier Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly) for nearly three decades. Meanwhile, Packard and his platoon become obsessed with gaining revenge against Kong for the attack, even though he is the monster they have to worry about the least.
With the film taking place in the early 1970s, shortly after the end of the Vietnam War, Kong: Skull Island feels pretty much like a Vietnam War film, particularly Apocalypse Now, of which there are many obvious reference to. However, Kong: Skull Island is ultimately a monster film, with the island featuring many creatures ranging from the reptilian "Skullcrushers" to giant spiders. This results in Kong: Skull Island coming off as a mix of big Hollywood blockbuster and campy B-movie.
Kong: Skull Island is meant as the second entry in Warner Bros and Legendary Entertainments "MonsterVerse," following 2014's Godzilla. Indeed, if you remain after the credits of Kong: Skull Island, you will see that plans are underway to crossover these giant monsters. It is an interesting route to go and it will be interesting to see how these films pan out over the next few years, with the next entry in this series being the 2019 Godzilla sequel King of the Monsters.
Altogether, Kong: Skull Island turned out to be a fun mix of Vietnam War film and monster movie.