Kong, The Return of the King

Luke Ryan, Staff Writer

Kong, the latest movie following the larger-than-life King Kong came out on March 10, and did precisely what it needed to.

As a whole movie, I must admit that there wasn’t a huge, complex plot, but in movies like this sometimes that is okay. I know that myself, I wanted to see Kong beating various monsters on the island into submission like a true king, and that was done perfectly. There is a portion of time at the beginning of the movie that builds the plot, obviously, but that part is short, sweet, and to the point which made me very happy.

Like I said, my reason for going to see the movie was because I love the idea of King Kong, of a giant powerhouse who just wails on his enemies until they give in, and maybe thirty minutes in I got to see him in all his hairy glory.

As for the actual people on the island who witness Kong’s majesty, they quickly begin to realize that they are divided into two different groups with two different perspectives on what they need to do, and how they should do it. Out of this rises conflict between the two groups as well as the fight for their lives against all the other enormous, deadly creatures on the island with them.

As for Kong himself, his design was taken in a different direction this time around compared to the other King Kong movie from 2005, the newer version of Kong seems to be a more realistic rendition. The previous Kong looked exactly like a gorilla, word for word, whereas with this new one it is still readily apparent that he is a gorilla, but he has a more humanoid, or bigfoot look to him. For one, he walks on just his feet almost all the time, has a less protruding forehead and a nose with two distinct nostrils as opposed to the two that kind of make one that most gorillas have.

Kong also shows much more control over himself and his anger. We all remember the scene from the 2005 King Kong movie where the natives of the island sacrifice Naomi Watts’s character, Ann to Kong who takes her and seems used to the concept of giving him sacrifices. The Kong in this universe however, proves to be more of a benevolent god that protects the inhabitants of the island from monsters that would otherwise hunt them to extinction, which gives him a much more interesting overall feeling.

The thought behind this movie, the abundance of new ideas and risks all those who participated took, and the absolutely breathtaking CGI and animation done on Kong and his enemies all make for a picture that anyone who likes a good giant monster showdown.