KONG: SKULL ISLAND First Trailer: Stomp On This

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KONG: SKULL ISLAND First Trailer: Stomp On This

The first trailer for Kong: Skull Island has stomped online and it does a good job of establishing a foreboding mood that is strikingly different from its predecessors.

This is a teaser -- more than likely, future trailers will come along that show us much more than needed -- but it sets up faces that are familiar, people like Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson and others, and plops them onto an island where we know King Kong rules.

Will this movie itself dispense with dispatch the seemingly obligatory 'this is why we're chasing a giant beast' first act that marked King Kong (1993, 1976 and 2005)? We shall see. The new version is set in the 1970s. Larson is a war photographer and other characters evidently have military experience. And if you notice a definite Apocalypse Now vibe to the helicopters, I'm sure that's not accidental.

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts made the indie The Kings of Summer a few years ago, a coming of age tale that was fairly tasty, so no idea if he can pull this movie off when it opens in theaters next year -- March 10, 2017 is the due date -- but this is a very promising advance look. How does it strike you?

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Gopal NatarajanJuly 23, 2016 11:14 PM

Surprised the studio would hand a $200M tentpole to a director with such a slim portfolio that doesn't include any action or Sci-Fi. Gareth Edwards at least had some Sci-Fi history before getting "Godzilla," but then again Chris Nolan didn't have much in the way of an action movie background before doing Batman.

Peter MartinJuly 24, 2016 12:43 AM

I always wonder what a young, relatively inexperienced director says in meeting with studio execs to convince them that he (or rarely she) is the right person for the job: "I've made a movie. Also, I'll work cheap!" I'm sure it's something more than that ...

Gopal NatarajanJuly 24, 2016 4:35 PM

Yeah. It's a similar situation with "Wonder Woman." Patty Jenkins' resume is mostly directing television comedies and dramas.

Snake GearJuly 25, 2016 12:15 PM

Looks great. It´s now one of my most anticipated movies next year. Loved the natural look of the jungle. That final shot of two soldiers fighting on the ground and Kong showing up. Brilliant. Only thing I didn´t like was the yellow colour grading when the group was in the mist. The official picture they released seems to be from the same scene, but is not so oppressively yellow. The whole picture seems to have a golden tint and that´s fine, but IMO the colour grading in the fog scene was too much.