I was stunned by this film. Not in a good way. The story is completely different than the original. Apparently, the hunt for Skull Island is the search for oil. For those of you that don’t already know, the 1976 version was not only a remake, it was an update. As the original took place in the 30’s, so this one took place in the 70’s. Enter the oil crisis. Apparently, Skull Island was found due to some satellite imagery. The characters are roughly similar, but almost completely different. Different aspects were assigned to different roles. It kind of worked, but it was somewhat disappointing.
The role of Ann had been removed in favor of one called “Dwan.” Though, this character was the most like her counter parts in the other films (struggling actress). Apparently, in this film she was the sole survivor of another ship because she refused to watch deep throat. Anyhow, this role is played by a Jessica Lange in her prime. No complaints on my ends, as she was the hottest of the three actresses. Unfortunately, her dialog was terrible, and had the stench of the 70’s dripping all over.
Kong was an enormous disappointment. I cannot even describe it accurately in words. Apparently, a 25 ft ape was replaced by a 50 ft man in an ape suit. The blue screen work was just shameful, and the puppetry was abysmal. It was by far the least convincing Kong. Unfortunately, this film had the whole love triangle theme like the new one, meaning this probably spawned the idea. Actually, pretty much all the additions to the original film that I did not like were in this film. What a shame.
Skull Island was more like a vacation resort. The natives were relatively benign (though they stole Lange just like in the others). Also, the most shameful aspect was the lack of Dinosaurs. Seriously, that is what MADE skull island. Granted there is a pathetic battle with a big snake, but that was just sour grapes. Over all the island was more like Canada than a tropical jungle.
Essentially, what this film works out to be (other than horrid), is a complete opposite of the new film. Essentially the main things I hated about the new film were pacing, and the fact that people’s actions and events made absolutely no sense. Whereas, in this film the only things I liked (other than a hot Jessica Lange), was that the events pretty much made sense, and people’s actions almost always made sense.
All things considered, the updated rankings (-5 to 5) break down as follows: