There’s a tendency when remaking a movie, or retelling a story, to lean into ideas laid out by those before you. However, you could say that without the 1933 original, the filmmakers behind this 2017 entry may not have been as inspired to create something so complex and intricate. Not only were they challenged to reimagine these themes, but to present them in a way that feels uncharted. They weren’t merely reinstating old commentary, but interweaving it with characters who are just as complex.
In 1933, King Kong proved that a scary monster could have a wonderful spirit and the ability to impact those around him for the better—that is, if they cared enough to look. Kong: Skull Island possesses the same kind of intention, with the film itself being a window into ideas that are seldom presented in the cinematic medium, let alone this effectively; let alone in a big budget, mainstream tentpole. A film so pure in vision, it’s one of the few that manages to entertain and fulfill us on an aesthetic and emotional lev l on the surface, while also challenging us mentally and philosophically upon digging deeper. Kong: Skull Island is exactly what you would want any movie to be, and with it, VogtRoberts has successfully created his own modern masterpiece.