Kong: Skull Island (2017)

One film old director Jordan Charles Vogt-Roberts gives us a Kong which surprisingly walks the fine line between gigantic beast and protective king very well.

The Vietnam war is the backdrop, and America was doing what it does best – meddling. We have a Benetton crew go to skull island as the only unchartered part left of the planet and voila, there’s Kong!

Kong has a personality, and a back story! He’s not just a menacing entity, causing destruction, but a species in his natural habitat, protecting the natives. Unsolicited violence begets more violence, which unleashes the species Kong is keeping in check.

The beauty of the film is its pristine setting, gorgeous mountains, lakes and landscapes. Not only does Kong look like he’s at home, he doesn’t seem scary. He has a lovely moment with the humans, far more to write home about compared to his 2005 unrequited romance.

The end is thrilling, the pace of the film is fast with enough time to absorb the inhabitants of the island and the survival game. The ensemble cast is perfect.

A fun pre-summer blockbuster which is a roaring success already!

3/5

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Room (2015)

We read about people who have been held captive for many years and are miraculously found. How they adjust to normal life post their ordeal and the trauma they go through is portrayed in this film which hits you hard.

A mother and son, played eloquently by Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, are in a room with just a skylight for a connection with the heavens and make do with their imagination to live out a horrifying existence. How they escape and integrate with their family and the world, is shown in this nuanced and depressing film.

It leaves us with hope, but not before delving into how much one human being can damage an other, possibly scarring them for life, making them question their very sanity. Enlightening but not entertaining.

2.5/5