“King Kong” is bigger in “Kong: Skull Island” in not only size, but concept.
In the 1933 small minded version of “King Kong” with its apparently African “ooga—booga” natives, it was definitely a stereotypical ploy to perpetuate a racist mindset. The 2005 “King Kong” version with the dark skinned aboriginal people didn’t stray far from that inferior racist ideology.
The glaring subservient black populace is absent in “Skull Island,” and biologist Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) is part of the science research team. Samuel L. Jackson and Jason Mitchell are military men, along with a former British Special Air Service Captain (Tom Hiddleston), who works as a hunter-tracker.
“Skull Island” is captivating in its look and content. No blond damsel in distress in the big black hand of the beast. No doubt this film will be a big success and it leaves the door open to Brie Larson, who befriends Kong, to hook up with the big guy at a later date.
Kudos to Jordan Vogt-Roberts for his inclusive casting and cinematic creative insights. The film also stars John C. Reilly and Tian Jing.
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