Thursday, July 28, 2016

'Kong: Skull Island' trailer teases gorgeous, brutal vision

San Diego Comic-Con is always a hotspot for Hollywood studios to debut first looks at their new blockbusters, and this year was no different. Warner Bros. and DC headed down to sunny San Diego to debut the first trailers for Wonder Woman and Justice League, while Marvel formally introduced Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, premiered the first full trailer for Doctor Strange, and showed Comic-Con exclusive clips of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 and more to the Hall H crowd. The Warner Bros. panel mostly centered around the DC films, but there were a few other upcoming flicks that the studio showed off, including The LEGO Batman Movie, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Kong: Skull Island. It was an impressive array of clips and trailers, but out of all of those films, the latter intrigued me the most. Skull Island is a reboot of the classic King Kong franchise from indie director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, which will eventually give way to a Kong vs. Godzilla movie. And judging by the trailer, they may have hit this one out of the park. Check it out below!

Whoa. That's really all I had to say after watching the first trailer for what looks like a gorgeous, stunning update on King Kong. It's being billed by some as Apocalypse Now by way of a giant monster movie, and if that doesn't sound enormously exciting, I don't know what does. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is best known for directing the indie hit Kings of Summer, which I never saw. But if Kong is half as good as it looks, we may be seeing the arrival of a new directorial superstar. Every shot in this Skull Island trailer is inspired, brimming with beauty and tension. The color scheme is stunning, and I love the '70s style and epic cast. Watching this trailer reminded me of the trailer for Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, which premiered at the 2013 Comic-Con. That first look was haunting, harrowing, exciting, and brilliant, all adjectives I would use to describe this trailer. I can't wait to see more.

With a cast led by Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, John C. Reilly, Thomas Mann, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Wigham, Will Brittain, John Ortiz, and Terry Notary, Kong: Skull Island will hit theaters on March 10, 2017.

Image Credit: Coming Soon

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