Kong: Skull Island Monsters Exist

Listening to White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

Saturday night I was downtown Working for the FBI

Monsters Exist. With shades of Apocalypse Now, Platoon and every other Vietnam war movie that stays with you, Kong is exactly the War of the future where Mother Nature fights back. I kept wondering what the US Army was doing in Kong’s Island in the first place and bombing it.

If i ever imagined the apocalypse; it would be two beasts the size of huge buildings wrestling in space while tiny (in comparison) humans watched.

The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know

That twenty centuries of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

This is probably the first King Kong movie I have watched. I grew up with King Kong references and Peter Jackson filmed the version with Jack Black around the time I lived in New Zealand. Kong does have a scene where King Kong saves Brie Larson and she literally fits in the palm of his hand; just like the old versions with Kong and the female leads.

In Kong: Skull Island; the Vietnam War is winding down and the soundtrack and music transport us back to the psychedelic 7o’s.

  1. Time Has Come Today — The Chambers Brothers

2. Mat Troi Den — Minh Xuân

3. White Rabbit — Jefferson Airplane

4.Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) — The Hollies

5.Down On The Street — The Stooges

6.Paranoid — Black Sabbath

7.Brother — Jorge Ben Jor

8.Bad Moon Rising — Creedence Clearwater Revival

9. Ziggy Stardust — David Bowie

10. Run Through the Jungle — Creedence Clearwater Revival

11. We’ll Meet Again — Vera Lynn

The movie starts with John Goodman as a scientist for the US Government agency called Monarch; that seeks to find hidden worlds and creatures that inhabit them.Tom Hiddleston; Brie Larson and a platoon of US Army soldiers headed by Samuel Jackson are recruited to map out Skull Island.

The most memorable line from the psychedelic Tom Hiddleston recruitment scene is when he knows that he has a high chance of catching Malaria in the island.

After overcoming the first hurdle of a massive storm; the platoon face the hugest Gorilla that you’ve ever seen Kong. Many soldiers are killed by Kong and this fact is not lost on Samuel Jackson who vows to avenge the death of his men. One of the soldiers Chapman; writes letters to his son Billy; always starting them Dear Billy.

As they explore the island they meet many mutant animals; the creature I liked the most was a Water Buffalo creature that for the most part seemed harmless. The task for these men is to survive huge spiny tarantulas and man eating lizards.

John C. Reilly shows up in the middle of the movie and is like a Rip Van Winkle character who introduces the troop to the other humans on the island. The location in Vietnam is very scenic and makes for beautiful images. John C. Reilly’s plane crashed on the Island after World War 2 and he looks forward to leaving the island with the troop; back to his home in Chicago and to someday watch the Cubs win the World Series.

The movie ends post credits with a reference to the Kong vs. Godzilla movie in 2020.

The Empire State Building which the Mythical King Kong Conquered. Photo Credit Me in 2009.
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