Kong: Skull Island Parent Guide

If the purpose of the script is to make you go "eeew!", then it works well.

Overall B-

Big problems arise after the military escorts a team of scientists to survey a previously unexplored island. Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman star in this latest movie adaptation of the King Kong tale.

Release date March 10, 2017

Violence D+
Sexual Content B
Profanity C-
Substance Use B-

Why is Kong: Skull Island rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Kong: Skull Island PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language.

Run Time: 119 minutes

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In Kong: Skull Island, it’s 1973 and the Vietnam War has just ended. It appears mankind has claimed every last spec of the world. But Bill Randa (John Goodman) believes there is still something on the globe we don’t know about. When NASA’s first global mapping satellite discovers an unchartered landmass, the firm believer in monsters is convinced the curious locale holds a big secret. Yet the only way Randa can convince Senator Willis (Richard Jenkins) to mobilize a military escort to take a team to “Skull Island” is to fabricate the intent of the mission. Suggesting that there may be valuable things to discover, and that the US does not want the Russians getting there first, does the trick.

Cloaked and surrounded by a continual storm that has mysteriously claimed a variety of ships over the centuries, the army calls upon Colonel Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) to head up the expedition to the island. Also joining the entourage is Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), a photojournalist looking for an exclusive story, and former British-Special-Forces-turned-professional-jungle-guide James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston). Finally, there’s a bevy of other participants who will ultimately become collateral damage and tasty morsels for what’s ahead.

To its credit, this movie reveals its monster early in the game. Purported to be the biggest Kong ever to grace the silver screen, the digital creature is imposing and protective of his natural habitat. Slapping down Huey helicopters like a camper going after mosquitoes, members of this crew with minimal speaking roles are soon dispatched in flames. However, the secrets this island holds go far beyond the giant ape. A wide variety of enormous zoological splendors awaits, and most of them are happy to encounter some fresh meat.

The assortment of food choices and jungle-dwelling munching monsters fills much of the film’s runtime where big things are seen being devoured by even bigger things. Some blood is depicted during the often shocking portrayals. A character is impaled by a giant insect, others are swept up and chewed, dismembered and regurgitated as bones. If the purpose is to make you go “eeew!”, then the script works well. You’ll also hear several mild and moderate profanities, as well as a sexual expletive.

With the body count quickly climbing, and Randa’s ulterior motives revealed, Packard initiates a power play and divides the group between those who want to kill anything that could pose danger to the outside world and those who fear disturbing the unique ecosystem could create even greater problems. This conflict applies to much of our decisions today as humans attempt to play the god of this world, determining what lives and what dies. One thing is certain though, the creators of this fictitious realm are hoping Kong will live long and prosper at the box office.

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts . Starring Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman . Running time: 119 minutes. Theatrical release March 10, 2017. Updated

Kong: Skull Island
Rating & Content Info

Why is Kong: Skull Island rated PG-13? Kong: Skull Island is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language.

Violence:
Non-graphic and explicit violence is pervasive in this film. Numerous deaths are implied and depicted from being beaten, chocked, crushed, impaled, eaten, stabbed, shot, thrown/falling from heights, and fiery explosions. Airplane crashes occur and helicopters are swatted out of the sky. Shrapnel and corpses are strewn across the landscape. Plentiful explosions result in death, destruction and some characters are caught on fire. Soldiers frequently engage in hand-to-hand conflict, along with the use of knifes, swords, guns, bombs, poisonous gas, flame throwers and grenades. Large and dangerous creatures are portrayed, such as apes, water buffalo, pterodactyls, carnivorous dinosaurs, octopus and insects. Characters try to kill anything that moves, and are killed and injured in return. Brutal battles also ensue between beasts. Bloody wounds, body fluids/internal organs and dismembered body parts are shown, along with people and animals being eaten alive. Bones and bodies of humans and beasts are seen, and one lizard-like reptile vomits up the fleshy skull of a human being. Tribal people threaten others with primitive weapons and spears. Characters are in constant peril from nature and each other. Archival war footage is included. Some characters withhold the truth from others.

Sexual Content:
Characters embrace infrequently. A brothel is depicted and women are seen in scanty clothing and underwear. Shirtless men show off their muscles for a female photographer.

Profanity:
A sexual expletive is heard once in a non-sexual context. Infrequent use of scatological slang, along with mild and moderate profanity.

Alcohol / Drug Use:
A man lights a cigarette. Alcohol consumption and possible drug use is seen in a brothel setting. Soldiers drink to celebrate the end of a war. A commanding officer drinks beer alone. Gambling is portrayed.

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Kong: Skull Island Parents' Guide

In the movie, Skull Island is described as a place where God did not finish creation. What do you think this means? What kinds of creatures live there? Do they seem prehistoric? Why are some of the characters afraid these species may want their Earth back? Why are others afraid to meddle with the island’s delicate ecological balance? How are these opinions also a concern in real world decisions?

Many of the characters portrayed here are soldiers. How are their responsibilities on this expedition different than those of the scientists and explorers? What does Bill Randa (John Goodman’s character) mean when he says, “Men go to war in search of something”? What is he searching for? What are the others searching for when they agree to join the mission? What is meant by the later statement: “No man really ever comes home from war”?

Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) is a photo journalist. What is she hoping to do with the images she captures? What does Colonel Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) mean when he says, “The camera is a more dangerous weapon than a gun”? In reality, how did the media influence the way the people at home viewed the Vietnam war?

Characters in this film discuss the Aesop fable about the mouse, the lion and the thorn. What relevance does the moral of this story have to the plot of the movie? What value might that message have in real life?

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Home Video

The most recent home video release of Kong: Skull Island movie is July 18, 2017. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Kong: Skull Island
Release Date: 18 July 2017
Kong: Skull Island releases to home video (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/Digital Copy) with the following special features:
- Director’s Commentary
- Creating a King: Realizing an Icon
-Creating a King: Summoning a God
- Deleted Scenes
- On Location: Vietnam
- Monarch Files 2.0
- Tom Hiddleston: The Intrepid Traveler
- Through the Lens: Brie Larson’s Photography

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