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Kong Skull Island is an action/monster film which comes directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly and John Goodman. If you’ve ever heard of King Kong before or seen the classic film or any of the many remakes, you may know what to expect from this one. Basically it’s about a team which travels to an isolated island which has its own massive jungle and a giant Gorilla who is the King of it all. The only thing though, he’s not the only massive monster on the island, there’s plenty of others there as well which are almost just as dangerous as Kong is.

I’ve always been a bit of a fan of these sort of monster movies and have enjoyed many King Kong films in the past as well as anything that’s got Godzilla in it. Sure these movies aren’t really masterpieces, but for some reason seeing a big monster smash some stuff at the cinema is always a lot of fun. If this is all you’re looking for when going in to see Kong Skull Island at the cinema this week, then you’ll surely have a good time with it.

The action scenes aren’t too bad. But as the film does have quite a few monsters we see attack our human visitors to the island, much of the action is done with cgi. Which is both great and not so great depending on your tastes and tolerance for it. The animations for Kong are very well done and so too are animations for the main enemy/monster in the film as well. Some of the other monsters, while good as well are sort of just okay though. You’ll get to see lots of explosions, gun fights, slashing and people’s limbs get ripped apart and also a few monsters too. It’s all in good fun.

Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson in Kong Skull Island - Kong Skull Island Review

Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson in Kong Skull Island – Kong Skull Island Review

The plot is okay. I’m not sure what to expect from a monster movie. But we see the team travel to the island and they’re all American. They’ve got helicopters, guns and a lot of firepower, but once they get into the jungle, their technology just doesn’t deal with the environment very well. It’s not long before Kong shows up and smashes their helicopters and sends them down to the ground where they’ll have to survive there amongst everything else that’s on that island. The team then have to try survive long enough so they can get off the island and back home. It’s all okay, the plot seems to be set up for monster fights, gun battles and Kong scenes on the island. The dialogue is a problem though, for some reason it’s just so cheesy.

The actors and actresses we get in Kong Skull Island which make up the cast are all great though. The film includes people such as Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson,  John C. Reilly and John Goodman and they all have some entertainment value during the film. I never really felt bored with any of these actors. However there are a few other cast members there which don’t seem to make any impact. It’s an issue I feel as there was some waste there and the amount of characters is quite large as well. But I guess there is a need to kill people off when the monsters come, but still, it would have been nice to have a bit more there.

Kong Skull Island Review

Kong Skull Island Review

Kong Skull Island is an interesting film to see and it does have some strong themes in there. As you may have been able to tell from watching the trailer, there’s a strong Vietnam war theme in this film. As you watch it though, there’s a lot of Vietnam war undertones there and I’m not sure what the filmmakers were trying to get at with it, or if they just thought the period works for a King Kong movie. It does work well enough, but I’d be interested to hear some people’s thoughts on it after watching the movie this week.

Overall I quite enjoyed Kong Skull Island. I love the film’s cast members which includes Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson,  John C. Reilly and John Goodman. The action scenes and special effects on the monsters are entertaining and that was all I was really looking for out of this film. The story is okay, but seems to be just there to set up the action scenes, with no real great characters. But the film has some interesting themes and the the Vietnam war tone was an interesting course to take for a King Kong film. If you love these types of monster movies, then it might be a bit of fun for you to see Kong Skull Island this weekend.

P.S. There is a post credit scene at the end, so please stay in your seat. I can assure you that it will be worth it.

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Need For Speed Heat Australian Release Date



Need For Speed Heat Australian release date Is November 8

The Need For Speed Heat Australian release date is November 8 2019. The game will be published by Electronic Arts and comes developed by Ghost Games. The game will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

EA says “The game deepens and expands everything Need for Speed  fans love – expressive customisation, authentic urban car culture, and an immersive narrative that pulls you into the game.”

What is Need For Speed Heat about?

Need for Speed Heat sends fans to Palm City, a brand-new open world where street racers have gathered to make their names known. By day, players compete in the Speedhunters Showdown, a sanctioned competition where they earn Bank to customise and upgrade their garage of high-performance cars. At night, players risk it all to build their Rep in underground races where a rogue police task force roams the streets, ready to take racers down and swipe all their earnings. The roads, the risks, and the rides never end in this street racer where a player can roll deep with their crew, build their garage full of hot cars, and make the city their nonstop playground.

Riley Cooper, Creative Director at Ghost Games said “Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customisation, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect. From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fuelling everyone’s creativity with this new game.”

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review



Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review - Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review - Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as Cliff Booth

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a film which comes written and directed by Quentin Tarantino who some may know for films such as The Hateful Eight (2015) or Pulp Fiction (1994). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is about a fading Hollywood actor and his stunt double who are striving to achieve success in the final years of the Hollywood golden age.

Before going into this film, I must admit I was quite excited about it. This is the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, who is one of my favourite directors of all time and the cast is filled with so many great actors there’s no reason to not want to see this one. Even though my expectations for this film were set very high, I came out of the cinema incredibly happy, very entertained and extremely impressed with what I just saw. Quentin Tarantino has truly delivered something very special this year and I highly recommend going to see it.

The way the story is told is very interesting. The audience follows the career of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is trying to maintain his stardom and Hollywood status in a time when things are changing. The actor is trying to transition from being a major TV star to a Hollywood actor, but it’s very difficult. On top of this, Rick Dalton is ageing and he is no longer in his prime, he’s sort of becoming obsolete. Cliff (Brad Pitt) is sharing a similar fate with his career tied to the success or failure of Rick’s. In contrast to these two, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is a character who is everything good about Hollywood in 1969, her personality is welcoming, she helps people and she’s friendly. Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate is the ideal Hollywood star of the time.

Quentin Tarantino with this film captured the spirit and essence of Hollywood in 1969. I felt like I was watching real people going through real things. The attention to detail on each of the characters and also watching them develop as the film progresses was very well done. This film also one has of the best endings and is maybe the best film that I’ve seen in 2019.

The actors were all great, I really enjoyed watching Leonardo DiCaprio in this film. The actor has a very wide range of things he could do as his character Rick Dalton is going through quite a lot and there are a lot of different emotional elements. On top of this, as a character who is an actor, Rick is seen acting in other films within this film as different characters he is playing. There are some very good performances within this film from Rick Dalton and in some ways, I wish I could watch the films that he was making within this film. Brad Pitt does very well and so too does Margot Robbie. Dakota Fanning surprised me a lot in this film as I didn’t even recognise her as Squeaky Fromme, she was only in the film for a bit, but for that time she was, she was very impactful.

Overall, I have no further comments to make about this film without having to go into major spoilers discussing all the different elements of it. It’s hard to write a long review for a film when everything was awesome in it. The directing, acting, writing, music and everything else about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was awesome and Quentin Tarantino exceeded my expectations for this film. It may just be one of his best ones yet. I highly recommend going to see it at the cinema this week or as soon as you can. I am already wanting to see it a second time and probably will re-watch it on Blu-Ray when it’s released.

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Crawl Review



Crawl Review

Crawl is a film which comes directed by Alexendre Aja who some may know as the director of The Hills Have Eyes (2006). The film stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.

Crawl is a film about a young woman named Haley (Kaya Scodelario) who attempts to save her father (Barry Pepper) who is trapped in his house during a category 5 hurricane. Tremendous damage has occurred to the home and the surrounding area during the storm, with the streets slowly flooding But that’s not the only danger to be wary of, the flood waters have paved the way for dozens of alligators to come into town and they’re ready to feast on anyone still around. Will poor Haley and her father survive though?

Going into this film. I was actually quite excited. I do enjoy these action films where there’s some creature out there and it’s preying on whatever character the film is about. This film is a little similar to The Meg, but it most reminded me of Anacondas (2004). All of these films and Crawl included wouldn’t be ones I’d say were legendary films, but gosh, I definitely have fun watching them!

Crawl as a story is about survival. There are themes all throughout it related to man vs nature and also the idea of the apex predator is scattered all throughout it. Both characters in the film are constantly challenged and struggle to survive in the a town getting torn apart by the storm.

The main reason most people would go to see Crawl at the cinema would be for the action and that’s the same reason I wanted to go along and see this one. I wanted to see what the alligators could do and I wanted to see some people get eaten up. Did I get that? I certainly did! Did I need much more out of this? Probably not.

As for Crawl being scary. I’m not too sure, I find it all quite fun. But there are people who this would probably frighten a little. Much of the film is cgi and for what it is and for the type of movie this is I think it was just the right quality. They didn’t try to go too big like in The Meg where the cgi seemed to struggle in certain areas. Although the limitations of the cgi are visible in Crawl, it’s not too bad in the end.

The acting in Crawl isn’t too bad. Kaya Scodelario is who you’ll be watching for basically the entire film and she delivers a pleasant performance. Some may recognise this actress from her appearance in The Maze Runner (2014) where she played Teresa. Hopefully there is more to come from her in future films.

The tone of the film, while at times can be a little intense with all the danger out there did actually feel a little light. Alexandre Aja seemed to keep the tone not too serious and embraced the silliness of it all in certain areas to keep it light and fun. But it was also tense and scary when it needed to be.

Overall I had a good time with Crawl at the cinema last week. This isn’t a film that is going to blow anyone away with how good it is, but it’s something to see for a bit of fun over the weekend. You get to watch two characters try to survive a massive hurricane and not get eaten by alligators. Crawl was 1 hour and 27 minutes of fun!

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