Kong: Skull Island, an epic statement against the American war machine
Kong: Skull Island is probably a much more realistic story line that involves a giant gorilla, and establishes the fact that something of such magnitude cannot be captured or contained – only adored.
The film is set on a remote island that is protected by a storm which leaves it untouched by modern society, allowing nature to grow beyond what is considered natural with its most obvious occupant being Kong; the giant gorilla who is worshiped as a god.
He acts as protector to the local inhabitants against gigantic reptilian creatures that dwell under island – supporting the hollowed Earth theory. However, there is a lot more going behind the story.
The first analogy that came to mind was it’s a statement against the American war machine. The film starts with the end of World War II when Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly) and a Japanese pilot crash on this island. Their encounter attracts the attention of Kong.
Fast forward 30 years later and this island is rediscovered via satellite images just as the Vietnam war is ending. The war machine makes a constant appearance in the timeline. However, it is the nature of seeking war that is most disturbing.
The American soldiers stationed in Da Nang are all longing to go home – but the new mission reluctantly takes them on a new battle against nature, against a giant gorilla. Another analogy could be the style of warfare used during the Vietnam War.
The American soldiers fighting against the Vietcong went into unknown territory bringing a fight to an enemy that would not have fought them – had they not invaded in the first place and against an enemy that did not use conventional battle formations but relied on guerrilla tactics to strike before disappearing into the jungle.
Kong: Skull Island represents all that is wrong with the American ideology of freedom, and how they have fought to enforce it on their neighbors like Vietnam, or Iraq. It shows how might is not always the answer, and it can stir more trouble than anticipated.
The film stars Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly with Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins. Yes, they were ones who play Eazy E and Dr Dre in Straight Outta Compton.
Kong: Skull Island reminds us that while we fear what we cannot control, trying to control it can also cause more harm than good.
Kong: Skull Island trailer