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Kong: Skull Island

The latest King Kong movie, set in 1973, begins as Bill Randa (played by John Goodman), a government agent, successfully lobbies for a military escort into Skull Island; this island is a place that carries some secret that makes it worth investigating. Samuel Jackson plays Colonel Packard, who clearly doesn’t want the Vietnam war and his career to end. He and his crew lead Randa and his team to the island, where King Kong appears, in addition to several surprises. I was kind of surprised that I found the movie so entertaining.  It has some wonderful actors, including Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, and Goodman; the special effects overall were very good; the movie was in many places beautiful to look at (there are several stunning shots); and John C. Reilly provides some laughs. The movie has a pretty good Vietnam-era soundtrack as well. Eliza, Reyle and I had a family movie afternoon, and the kids really enjoyed it as well. Thumbs up for a film that was not terribly well developed in places but is still entertaining and curious blend of the traditional King Kong, Apocalypse Now, and Jurassic Park movies.

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