We’re only a few weeks away from the premiere of Marvel’s largest mashup yet, Avengers: Infinity War. After ten years and eighteen films, we’ve finally come to the point where this has all been heading towards. It’s sometimes funny to think back to the first Avengers movie. We had a glimpse of Thanos and knew he would be a formidable force to reckon with. Did we ever think it would take this long? Did we ever think there would be so many characters that we would come to love in the years in between? Every film, from Antman, to Age of Ultron, to Black Panther, everything we’ve seen has been leading up to one epic movie. I know, I’m rambling. But, don’t we all feel like this is more than just a movie and these characters are more than just fictional?
Due to being an impulsive person at times, I decided to see Thor: Ragnarok last night instead of waiting until Wednesday when schedule to see it with mom (sorry ma). I am thankful though that I get to see this marvelous film again, but it is an experience that needs to be seen again.
If I am being completely honest with myself, and it’s taken a while for me to be; the previous Thor movies were…subpar. Of course, the first movie was essentially the one that got me into the MCU. There had been Iron Man and that was great, but it was Tom Hiddleston’s performance as Loki that captured me. But, that was it. I always found myself fast forwarding to the Loki parts in the first one and The Dark World was….boring.
It’s been a couple of weeks since Kong: Skull Island premiered. Almost everyone knows the story of King Kong – it’s about as well known as Godzilla. And after the 2005 remake (featuring Adrian Brody and Jack Black), I wondered if we really needed another redo.
Kong: Skull Island had a great cast. It was a small Marvel Cinematic Universe reunion with Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), and Brie Larson (Captain Marvel). On top of that, the film featured a diverse cast that all showcased their own stories and importance in the film.
Taking place in the 1970s rather than the 1930s, Skull Island showcases a world still fresh after the Vietnam War. We see how each character feels about the conflict and how that affects them in their journey to the dangerous island.
What was refreshing about Kong: Skull Island, was that unlike the past films, the cast never left the island. Rather than taking Kong back to the States to exploit him, the characters stayed on his turf and in many ways, became reliant on him. I don’t want to spoil too much, in case there are those who have not seen it yet. I would give it four out of five stars, just for being a fun experience at the movies. And that ending will make you happy cry.
According to Box Office Mojo, Kong: Skull Island has grossed over $139 million domestically.