Kong: Skull Island scores with Tony Toscano

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) It’s Tuesday and that means film critic Tony Toscano joined Good Morning Utah with Hailey Higgins to review the latest film to hit DVD and Blu-Ray Tuesday.

Kong: Skull Island

I first watched “King Kong” on the family’s black and white Zenith TV when I was about 6 years old. It was mesmerizing. I remember feeling sorry for the Kong as stood at the top of the Empire State Building holding Fay Wray in one hand and fighting off bi-wing planes with the other.

It was then I fell in love with ‘monster films.’

The original King Kong was released by RKO in 1933. There have been other ‘Kong’ film since then like “Son of Kong,” “King Kong vs Godzilla,” “King Kong Escapes,” a 1976 version with Jeff Bridges and the one in 2005 Peter Jackson directed starring Naomi Watts and Jack Black.

Now comes the latest version “Kong: Skull Island.”

A diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers unites to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful.

Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature, as their mission of discovery becomes one of survival.

“Kong: Skull Island” is, at its heart, a pure monster movie. The film offers up an intensity, without being forced, as the small band of explorers try to make it safely out of danger. At the core you have a decorated war hero, played by Samuel L. Jackson, determined to seek revenge on Kong for killing his men, regardless of who struck the first blow.

“Kong: Skull Island” get a B.

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