November 17, 2016


'Kong: Skull Island' Trailer: 'Is That a Monkey?!'

The earliest buzz on Kong: Skull Island was that the King would be "by far the biggest Kong" in cinematic history. “How big does this creature need to be, so that when you stand on the ground and you look up at it, the only thing that can go through your mind is: ‘That’s a god,’” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summertold Entertainment Weekly in July. Now, in a much more revealing trailer than the one we got during SDCC, we see that it's not just King Kong who'll be humongous.

Skull Island (or "the place where myth and science meet") is, as it turns out, like Giant Land in Super Mario Bros. 3, where basically everything's huge. Yaks. Spiders. Possibly velociraptor-ish things that a grizzled, goofy local played by John C. Reilly calls "skull crawlers." Because they wear giant skulls.

In the end, it's probably going to take a super-ape/military-humans team-up. (Did we mention this opens with Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" and looks like it might play out like "what if it was Vietnam, but with monsters"?) (Now that I look, they actually did shoot in Vietnam.) By the time Mega-Kong is beating his chest in time with the required B O O M I N G trailer music, you'll have already Fandango'd your tickets.

Kong: Skull Island releases on March 10, 2017. It features Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Tom Hiddleston, Toby Kebbell, Corey Hawkins and Tian Jing. The script is credited to Dan Gilroy, John Gatins, Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly.

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