Giant monster movies like Them! and the amazingly terrible The Giant Claw are something that seemed to disappear in the United States after the heyday of b-movies in the 50s. None of them ever lived up to the 1933 classic King Kong. That’s probably why the film has been remade several times.
These kinds of films seem to have had a resurgence recently and with Legendary’s Godzilla pulling in large gobs of money. After the success of that film, they soon announced a new King Kong movie called Kong: Skull Island. A few trailers have already been released but the studio has now put out the final full length trailer which you can watch here:
The thing that I really love about this film is the fact that it’s set in the 70s during the Vietnam war. Just the overall look, style, and tone make this feel like a giant monster movie that no one has made yet.
I love all the little moment of humor and wit throughout this final trailer, as well. Little things like the Richard Nixon bobblehead nodding furiously as the Huey is crash landing just adds a bit of a grin to a grim situation.
The musical choices for this film are also top notch. I couldn’t help but laugh at the irony of not only using song from a band called The Animals, but playing “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place,” to boot. This is a film that takes King Kong seriously, but doesn’t mind having a laugh doing it.
So far everything indicates we’ll be getting one hell of a fantastic ride with this movie.
Kong: Skull Island will premiere in theaters on March 10, 2017. Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
The year is 1973. Somewhere in our world, it is said that there exists a wondrous island unspoiled by man – a land shrouded in mystery, where myth runs wild. Uncharted and undiscovered. When the secretive organization known as Monarch identify this destination as the origin point for mysterious new superspecies, they mount an expedition to discover its secrets. What they find on Skull Island is an adventure beyond any human experience. An exotic paradise of wonders and terrors, where flora and fauna have fused together into an Eden of otherworldly jungle creatures.
As one group fights to escape and the other declares war on Kong, we discover that the mighty primate is at the center of a battle for dominion over the island, locked into a ‘survival of the fittest’ face-off with the terrifying apex predators responsible for wiping out his kin. Driven by vengeance, Kong will become nature’s fury, and fight to take his rightful place upon the throne of most powerful beast on the island, revealing the story of how Kong became King.