Parents need to know that Kong: Skull Island is a very violent, action-packed reboot of the King Kong story. Set in the 1970s, the movie follows a group of scientists on a mission to survey a mysterious island in Southeast Asia. That's where they encounter several dangerous giant creatures, including an ape trying to protect his habitat (there are also giant birds, a spider, an octopus, and reptilian creatures). Things get pretty brutal, with victims being dismembered, stomped on, eaten, and tossed around; helicopters also crash and are ripped apart. So you can expect a high body count, with scene after scene of jump-worthy action, death, and gore. The language can also be strong, with one use of "f--k," plus several uses of "s--t," "ass," "bitch," etc. There's also some social drinking, but sex is limited to embraces and very brief implied prostitution in a couple of scenes set in Vietnam and Thailand. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, and Oscar winner Brie Larson co-star, accompanied by a diverse supporting cast; themes include teamwork and courage.
The script had some screenwriters attached before filming. Seeking continuity between the King Kong and Godzilla worlds, Max Borenstein (writer of 2014's Godzilla) wrote the first draft, while John Gatins was hired to write the second draft. In writing the script, Borenstein did not want to repeat the "Beauty and the Beast" plot synonymous with King Kong movies and took into account the outdated elements of the treatment of the island natives and the damsel in distress. His initial influence was Apocalypse Now, revealing,
The script saw a number of screenwriters attached before filming. Seeking the continuity between the King Kong and Godzilla worlds, Max Borenstein (writer of 2014's Godzilla) wrote the first draft, while John Gatins was hired to write the second draft. In writing the script, Borenstein didn't want to repeat the "Beauty and the Beast" plot synonymous with King Kong movies, and took into account the outdated elements of the treatment of the island natives and the damsel in distress. His initial influence was Apocalypse Now, revealing,
Kong: Skull IslandNomenclatureForeign title(s)King Kong: Giant God of Skull Island JPKing Kong: Skull IslandCNGeneral InformationDirected byJordan Vogt-RobertsProduced byJon JashniAlex GarciaThomas TullMary ParentStarringTom HiddlestonSamuel L. JacksonJohn GoodmanBrie LarsonJing TianToby KebbellJohn OrtizCorey HawkinsJason MitchellShea WinghamThomas Mannwith Terry Notary and John C. ReillyComposed byHenry JackmanProduction InformationDistributed byWarner Bros.Release dateMarch 10, 2017RatingPG-13Budget$185,000,000Box office$168,052,812(Domestic total gross)$398,600,000(Foreign total gross)$566,652,812(Worldwide total gross)Running time118 minutes (1 hour and 58 minutes)Websitekongskullislandmovie.comChronologyPreviousGodzilla(MonsterVerse film)King Kong(Univresal film)NextGodzilla: King of the Monsters(MonsterVerse film)Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 film co-produced by Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. that serves as an origin story for King Kong. It is the second entry in the MonsterVerse, following 2014's Godzilla. It was then followed by 2019's Godzilla: King of the Monsters, 2021's Godzilla vs. Kong and an untitled sequel in 2024.
Set near the end of the Vietnam war, the movie deals with a joint civilian/military effort to explore the titular island, the existence of which has been recently revealed by nascent satellite technology. Heading up the civilian side of things is Bill Randa (the ever-gregarious John Goodman), who ostensibly wants to prospect the place for potential undiscovered resources. Alert viewers who paid attention to the recent American version of Godzilla, however, will recognize the name of the organization Randa works for and have good reason to suspect his motives.
Big problems arise after the military escorts a team of scientists to survey a previously unexplored island. Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman star in this latest movie adaptation of the King Kong tale.
To its credit, this movie reveals its monster early in the game. Purported to be the biggest Kong ever to grace the silver screen, the digital creature is imposing and protective of his natural habitat. Slapping down Huey helicopters like a camper going after mosquitoes, members of this crew with minimal speaking roles are soon dispatched in flames. However, the secrets this island holds go far beyond the giant ape. A wide variety of enormous zoological splendors awaits, and most of them are happy to encounter some fresh meat.
A timeless tale of love and survival, King Kong is the story of a desperate young actress, Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), and an ambitious and unscrupulous movie producer, Carl Denham (Jack Black), who travel to a mysterious jungle island. There they discover an extraordinary lost world, and encounter Kong, a gigantic, savage gorilla who is unexpectedly smitten with the leading lady. But it is their mutual empathy and affection that eventually lead to the beast's tragic downfall.
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy") brings his sweeping cinematic vision to King Kong. Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody and Jack Black star in this spectacular film filled with heart-pounding action, terrifying creatures and groundbreaking special effects unlike anything you've seen before! Get ready for breathtaking action in this thrilling epic adventure about a legendary gorilla captured on a treacherous island and brought to civilization, where he faces the ultimate fight for survival. Experience the movie that critics are hailing as a "rousing, exciting cinematic adventure!" (Scott Mantz, "Access Hollywood") 2b1af7f3a8