Behold, King Kong! First Look At Kong In Kong: Skull Island Released

Credit: Warner Bros
Credit: Warner Bros

There’s nothing quite like a classic giant monster movie!

Kong: Skull Island stars Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman.  We were teased a small trailer back in July.

The company behind the expedition, Monarch, has had fans following their website. It is currently tracking at 87% in search of the island itself. Until this point, however, we have not yet seen the giant gorilla.

After watching the trailer though, we saw how he welcomes visitors to the island. I’m not sure we really want to meet him.

Or at least get too close to him!

Kong: Skull Island will take a well know story and twist it a little.

Set in the 1970’s, we follow the explorers, led by Hiddleston’s character special forces veteran Captain James Conrad. He is accompanied by war photographer Weaver played by Oscar winner Larson. They stumble upon the mysterious island.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts discussed his artistic vision for the film and how the first meeting of Kong is for both the audience and characters.

Vogt-Roberts said of the poster: “A huge part of the movie was designing him and creating the creature so that when you did see him it sort of short circuited your brain and was divisive to people, where certain people immediately say ‘That’s a threat,’ certain people immediately say, ‘That’s a God,’ certain people immediately say, ‘That’s a savior.’ Visually and instantly, what happens when you see this thing towering over you and what is your sort of emotional and intellectual response?”

He also said that at the point in the movie we meet Kong we’re not sure quite who this monster is, what his purpose is. “Through the folly of man, where our initial instinct is to attack anything that is not a known quantity, both sides jump the gun, Kong and the humans, and it kicks off a relatively messy engagement. At first, of course you’re going to perceive something like that as a terrible threat and monster — the physicality of him alone.”

Kong: Skull Island follows on from some classic remakes of the film. There is the iconic 1933 version with Fay Wray, the 1976 Dino DeLaurentis version starring Jessica Lange, Peter Jackson helmed a version in 2005. There are the countless times that the character has appeared in more traditional Kaiju films.

Credit: Warner Bros via EW
Credit: Warner Bros via EW

Vogt-Roberts talked about his subtle nods to the classic 1933 version.

“We sort of went back to the 1933 version in the sense that he’s a bipedal creature that walks in an upright position, as opposed to the anthropomorphic, anatomically correct silverback gorilla that walks on all fours. Our Kong was intended to say, like, this isn’t just a big gorilla or a big monkey. This is something that is its own species. It has its own set of rules, so we can do what we want and we really wanted to pay homage to what came before…and yet do something completely different”

Kong: Skull Island looks set to be not only a classic monster movie, but a chance to explore the topic of who is the monster and savage in this situation.

Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, which should throw up some interesting commentary in its own right, the film also takes a look at our need for myths and legends. Vogt-Roberts feels this is something we have lost in this technological age.

“I wanted to tell a movie about what happens when people are re-confronted with myths and put back into the food chain and how that makes them react and behave” he said. “I was really interested in exploring the idea of the need for myths — why we need myths, why myths exist in our life. Right now, in our modern society, we are destroying myths through all of our technology and we have access to everything with our cell phones, which is amazing and it’s also taken away some of the wonder of the world”.

Kong: Skull Island opens in cinemas on March 10th, 2017.  Watch the trailer below.

Jacie Anderson
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