Regardless of how “Kong: Skull Island” turns out, the promotional material for the reboot has already made me a fan. These latest posters are the reason why.
The first one will be recognisable to any film buff. It’s an homage to Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now”, the classic Vietnam war film that was as infamous for star Marlon Brando’s batshit insane performance as it was for its nightmarish shoot. Here, the titular giant ape has replaced Brando’s mug, while everything else from the blood red sun to the font is a spot-on recreation. I love this, and it doesn’t even matter if the average moviegoer is unaware of the homage. It’s still a great design.
The second poster has just been released today, and it’s the IMAX edition. It’s not as awesome as the first, but the use of the helicopters to convey the sheer size of Kong is pretty effective. What’s most heartening is Legendary’s decision to make Kong the sole star of the show, despite having Oscar winners like Brie Larson and other big names in the cast.
But I’ve saved the best for last. In terms of sheer mind-blowing geek goodness, nothing comes close to the Japanese poster, featuring a whole plethora of monsters. Now THIS is how a poster for a monster movie should look. The handprinted quality just adds to the already insane levels of coolness. Well played, Legendary. Well played. Now I can’t wait to watch this movie.
Here’s the official synopsis: “A trip back to the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes, the new film will follow a team of explorers who venture deep inside the treacherous, primordial island to find the leader’s brother and a mythical serum, confronting extraordinary creatures along the way.”
“Kong: Skull Island” is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, scripted by John Gatins and Max Borenstein, and stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary and John C. Reilly. It premieres 10th March.