Kong

Is Kong: Skull Island Worthy Of The Title Of King?

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The short answer to if the just released Kong: Skull Island is worthy is…yes. Having said that you might want to know what type of movie you will be paying for. I was lucky enough last evening to get to see a screening after work. The audience seemed split on their enjoyment of the newest film featuring Kong. I believe those that were feeling let down expected Kong to be the main character of the movie. It is Skull Island however as well as those stranded on it that are the main focus.

[Via] Jimmy Kimmel Live

Now I hope you won’t get me wrong. You will certainly get a healthy dose of the massive ape throughout the picture. I think that Kong is a force of nature – albeit an intelligent force of nature. It’s just like they say in that trailer – he serves as protector to Skull Island itself. Watching over the various forms of peaceful wildlife in addition to the few humans who manage to survive there. And let me tell you there are some really horrible things waiting for the unwary on the island – like the Skull Crawlers.
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Also under the great beast’s protection are those that might be stranded on Skull Island. Case in point the majority of the cast of the film. And make no mistake about it – being trapped on Skull Island is literally one of the worst places you might find yourself.

I suppose this goes without saying. It is a very, very, very bad idea to come to Skull Island and try to pick a fight with the big guy. He may not hold a grudge necessarily but he will punish those that threaten the island.

I will attempt to go into a synopsis for the film, avoiding SPOILERS for Kong: Skull Island as best I can. At the very least I will attempt to stay in the range of what you may have seen in the trailers already.

The story for Kong: Skull Island concerns John Goodman’s character of Bill Randa. Along with his younger partner, Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins), who work for the organization known as Monarch. The two men are attempting to pull together a group to investigate Skull Island.

You might remember the post I did for the fan made Skull Island trailer last month. I brought up what certainly looked like possible connections to this being a shared universe. While Kong: Skull Island takes place in 1973 there are ties to 2014’s Godzilla.

To survive the island the duo need the aid of both Tom Hiddleston’s expert tracker, James Conrad, as well as the military might of Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson). This expedition is kind of hitching a ride with a scientific group and that is where Brie Larson’s professional photographer, Mason Weaver, comes into play.

This might be dipping my toe into SPOILERS but the end of the Vietnam War takes place shortly after the film begins. This is something that seems to weigh heavily on Packard – the need to feel he accomplished something in his career. This almost Ahab-like behavior as you might suspect is more dangerous than the creatures on the island. I feel it would be fair to say that Jackson’s character is the villain of the movie.

After coming into contact with Kong the survivors must trek across the island to reach a rendezvous point to escape. Along the way they meet a stranded World War II pilot named Hank Marlow – played by John C. Reilly.

The cast of Kong: Skull Island does an excellent job. I should point out though that both Reilly and character actor, Shea Whigham, manage to steal the show. While Hank is the kooky survivor, Whigham’s character of Cole brings an everyman quality to the part, Moreover his character is a career soldier – who rolls with the punches better than some of his fellow soldiers.

So in closing, if you go into Kong: Skull Island realizing the point of the film isn’t about wall to wall Kaiju vs daikaiju. Understanding the story follows the group of survivors more than that of Kong, I believe you will enjoy the thrill ride. I absolutely felt moments of joy on my viewing equal to the feelings I have when watching the 1933 original.

In addition, make sure to stay until the very end of the credits. Your patience will be well rewarded, friends.

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What If Toho Had Done The Kong: Skull Island Trailer?

Well, I guess Toho has actually done Kong: Skull Island itself when you get down to it. At least in regards to certain elements of Toho’s King Kong vs. Godzilla from 1962 getting a nod in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island film. Case in point the addition of a giant octopus in the new movie.

A kaiju eiga in fact that was seen in Toho’s own 1962 movie. However in that film it involved the use of an actual living octopus.
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Which furthermore necessitated the addition of an octopus wrangler on the set.
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Perhaps this is what inspired Gorizard to create this fan made trailer. A look at how Kong: Skull Island might be handled if Toho had released the movie in ’62!

I want to thank Daniel XIII for the heads up on that bit of awesomeness. I have watched it a couple of times now and it never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Of course with the upcoming Kong: Skull Island film by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The Kong mythos is getting a reboot – in addition to giving us a new take on the character. It has set the events of the film squarely in the 2014 Godzilla universe. Which began Legendary and Warner Bros. “MonsterVerse” in partnership with Toho of course.

The link between films so far is the Monarch organization. A scientific outfit that was responsible for the investigation of Godzilla in the 2014 film. I should point out that the 2014 comic book prequel Godzilla: Awakening reveals the secret outfit was formed in 1946 to seek out and catalog massive unidentified terrestrial organisms.

I am guessing that Monarch is behind sending in the team in Kong: Skull Island. As evidence suggests in this television spot – to say nothing of the Godzilla reference by the nuclear test footage and John Goodman’s character!

[Via] Comicbook.Com

Regardless of all that, it is important to realize the true point of the MonsterVerse. The eventual meeting of both King Kong and Godzilla. The last time these two iconic titans tussled was one of the greatest Kaiju battles in cinematic history. Imagine what will happen the next time these two meet?

Now that you have had a chance to see what might have been Toho’s version of Kong: Skull Island. Why not check out a trailer for King Kong vs. Godzilla

[Via] TJ

How Does Your Favorite Godzilla Measure Up?

Back in my youth at the 62 Drive-In, an outdoor theater that I’ve talked about quite a bit on the site and on the Saturday Frights Podcast – they held a weekend long Godzilla marathon. First they played 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster from 1964, followed by 1967’s Son of Godzilla and then they closed that Friday night showing with 1968’s Destroy All Monsters!

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.

Image courtesy of IMP Awards.


They would actually do another Godzilla marathon the next year which is how I learned of Mechagodzilla and Mechani-Kong. Anyway, thanks to that magical marathon of my childhood I totally was hooked on Godzilla for life. Which is why I was so impressed when I stumbled on this fantastic size chart from @GMANonScified over on Twitter – well by way of Brian Ashcraft’s post on Kotaku if I’m being totally honest.
Image courtesy of GMAN by way of Kotaku.

Image courtesy of GMAN by way of Kotaku.


While I will admit that I’m a little disappointed that my first Godzilla from around the 1974 era is actually shorter than the 1998 Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin “Godzilla” I am glad that 2014’s version truly towers over that one – of course he/she is actually shorter than the version used in the upcoming (for the US) release of Godzilla Resurgence…which looks very scary actually.

[Via] New Trailer Buzz

A big thank you to IMP Awards for the Destroy All Monsters one-sheet image in the post above!

Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee

Godzilla Melee

In writing lots of posts recently about Godzilla, it reminded me that I still own a Godzilla-based game for my Nintendo Gamecube. Released in 2002, Destroy All Monsters Melee was a great little game that had you fighting with or against Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, Megalon, Rodan, Destoroyah, King Ghidorah and more (plus variants) across lots of cities and other arenas.

The intro is a lot of fun:

There are loads of videos on Youtube that feature gameplay, including clips from the (apparently) superior Microsoft Xbox update. I’ve included my favourite below which shows Adventure mode being completed in around 20 minutes using Mecha-Ghidorah as the monster. Keep an eye out for those Mothra airstrikes!

If you’ll excuse me, I need to go and dust off my Gamecube controller…

Robot Chicken LOVES Godzilla!

Godzilla via Robot Chicken

Before I begin, let me make something very clear – almost everything from Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken series is NSFW. With that disclaimer in mind, you should probably move along and look at one of our safer Godzilla posts if you’re easily offended.

Still here? Good! It’s time for a look at a few of the stop-motion appearances of the King of the Monsters in the animated comedy.

1. A Ruined Nation

2. Godzilla Returns

3. King of the Monsters

4. Japanese Mr. Rogers

I’ll spare you the clip featuring Mechagodzilla – let’s just say that Mrs. Godzilla likes her new toy…