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I just assumed that John Goodman's character is working for Monarch.

 

He pretty much confirmed it at SDCC.

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Monarch? Like A KING???
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My mind immediately went here:


Too bad that's not the case.

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The first clear shot of Kong has arrived via Entertainment Weekly...

 

 

I like it.  It feels like a throwback to the original 1933 Kong design in some ways, at least in terms of his face.

post #106 of 385

It really does! From that angle, the head/sagittal crest looks more chimp-like than gorilla.

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Handsome!
post #108 of 385

Can't wait to see that Kong face and Dogbearzilla chomp at each other.  He better be fast to avoid to avoid the atomic breath.

post #109 of 385
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The first clear shot of Kong has arrived via Entertainment Weekly...

 

 

I like it.  It feels like a throwback to the original 1933 Kong design in some ways, at least in terms of his face.

 

The CGI is pretty realistic here.

post #110 of 385
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It really does! From that angle, the head/sagittal crest looks more chimp-like than gorilla.

People sort of forget that the original Kong was kind of hodge-podge of simian features, rather than just being a gorilla.  This looks like a bit of a return to that.

 

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The CGI is pretty realistic here.

I think how a Kong of this massive scale will interact with his environment will be the deciding factor for the CGI's effectiveness, but it certainly looks more than acceptable.

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People sort of forget that the original Kong was kind of hodge-podge of simian features, rather than just being a gorilla.  This looks like a bit of a return to that.

 

I'm good with it. It's not as if there are any real 50+ foot tall simians to simulate. If we're willing to posit a giant gorilla or ape, I think we can go along with the beast having its own unique mix of features.

post #112 of 385
Based on all of my field research, living among 10-story apes in their natural environment, I'd say this is pretty accurate.
post #113 of 385
I like his classic look here. Better than I feared.

Unrelated, I rode the new unrelated Universal ride, Skull Island the Reign of Kong, and really dug it. Leans visually on PJ'S flick. Nice atmosphere.
post #114 of 385

The director confirms that the 1933 version was the biggest, most direct inspiration for the design:

 

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/11/10/kong-skull-island-first-look-movie-monster?xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter

 

We know by now that director's good intentions and history as a fan of a specific genre are no guarantees of quality, but I found the interview heartening. 

post #115 of 385

Does it really matter if Kong '33 was the main inspiration? That type of fanboy shit gave us the 2005 film. 

 

Also, the description of Kong as a "lonely god", uh, I don't know. Seems to be trying too hard to create gravitas. 

post #116 of 385
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I like his classic look here. Better than I feared.

Unrelated, I rode the new unrelated Universal ride, Skull Island the Reign of Kong, and really dug it. Leans visually on PJ'S flick. Nice atmosphere.

I rode it three times when I was there last month. I had a different animatronic driver each time.
post #117 of 385

Love the fact they used the 1933 version for inspiration of the new Kong.  Looks fucking great to me!

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Does it really matter if Kong '33 was the main inspiration? That type of fanboy shit gave us the 2005 film. 

 

Also, the description of Kong as a "lonely god", uh, I don't know. Seems to be trying too hard to create gravitas. 

 

This isn't true at all.

 

First, despite the closer external adherence to the original film, Jackson's film actually has more in common with the 1976 film. Secondly, Kong wasn't the problem in Jackson's film. He was realized very, very well and felt like a "real" character. The film's bloat wasn't from slavishness to the '33 version.

 

I did find it interesting that the director pointedly trashed Edwards' use of the monster in 2014's Godzilla, given he works for the same company and they're looking to tie these two monsters together in 4 years.

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Why is this set in the '70s, anyway?
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Why is this set in the '70s, anyway?

 

Viet-Kong!

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Why is this set in the '70s, anyway?

 

Why not? I like that it occurs before Godzilla's arrival in 2014 and also paints a more interesting picture of the giant creatures alluded to in that film via MONARCHs involvement.

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Why is this set in the '70s, anyway?

 

Bell bottoms and pornstaches. Why else?

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Also, the description of Kong as a "lonely god", uh, I don't know. Seems to be trying too hard to create gravitas. 

 

The trailer may be a poor representation, but the vibe I get from it isn't dour gravitas. It's mysterious action that takes the story seriously but not ponderously. The original film was much the same.

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It...it looks like a monkey? 

 

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I did find it interesting that the director pointedly trashed Edwards' use of the monster in 2014's Godzilla, given he works for the same company and they're looking to tie these two monsters together in 4 years.

 

Yeah, that was odd. Could just be an unfiltered opinion, but I do wonder if there's an element of sour grapes there. I remember Godzilla getting a lot of hype (and rightly so based on that great first trailer) and I haven't really gotten the impression that people are as pumped for this, though that could also be a product of this (seemingly) aiming a bit lower towards standard blockbuster fare and thus not engendering the same fervor as the potential for a truly amazing high-faultin' kaiju flick did. 

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Bell bottoms and pornstaches.

On Kong?
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The trailer may be a poor representation, but the vibe I get from it isn't dour gravitas. It's mysterious action that takes the story seriously but not ponderously. The original film was much the same.

I mostly agree.  Something having gravitas does not preclude it from also being a mysterious adventure.  The trailer struck me as selling an energy, an urgency, and an intensity that - coupled with the basic Kong/Skull Island iconography - could make for a really cool approach.

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Bell bottoms and pornstaches.

On Kong?

 

<BaneVoice>Of course!</BaneVoice>

post #128 of 385
If only Lalo Schifrin could do the score.

Wait, this isn't a prequel to the '76 movie, is it?
post #129 of 385

Kong looks good.

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Set in the 70's? Godzilla is gonna fight a fucking haggard as fuck Kong.

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Set in the 70's? Godzilla is gonna fight a fucking haggard as fuck Kong.

Maybe Big G will fight Son of Kong. Let them fight.
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It...it looks like a monkey? 

 

Monkeys have tails. Apes do not. 

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Monkeys have tails. Apes do not. 

 

SHOW ME THE BUTT CODENAME!

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I rode it three times when I was there last month. I had a different animatronic driver each time.

I had the worst seat (front row, middle, against the dirty window) and still had a blast.

post #135 of 385
I got to sit on the far right twice, so I was very close to the animatronic Kong at the end. It's unreal how good it looks.
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Gravitas or action filled? It's just not four hours long like 2005 is it? 

post #137 of 385

New posters!

 

 

The giant face one is okay, but I really like the APOCALYPSE NOW-style version.

post #138 of 385
Wow, how did Hollywood allow good posters to be made?!
post #139 of 385
I like how they're not being shy about showing off Kong in the promos and on the poster.

Seems so many movies try and keep the main focus hidden for so long trying to lead up to a big big reveal.

Ideally, they're happy knowing we know what Kong looks like so won't bog the movie down too much with ponderous superfluous story and just let us get straight into the meat of the thing.
post #140 of 385

It's also nice to see Terry Notary get above-the-title credit with the rest of the cast, as he's been a pretty unsung guy working behind the scenes on a lot of big movies over the last several years.

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It's also nice to see Terry Notary get above-the-title credit with the rest of the cast, as he's been a pretty unsung guy working behind the scenes on a lot of big movies over the last several years.


Yeah, that's really cool that Notary is getting that level of recognition. Looking forward to the new trailer this week.

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Who the hell is Terry Notary?
post #143 of 385
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I like how they're not being shy about showing off Kong in the promos and on the poster.

Seems so many movies try and keep the main focus hidden for so long trying to lead up to a big big reveal.

Ideally, they're happy knowing we know what Kong looks like so won't bog the movie down too much with ponderous superfluous story and just let us get straight into the meat of the thing.


Well, in my previous post above, the linked interview has the director saying he prefers showing Kong off, and isn't a fan of hiding the monster for big chunks of the film. Looks like the marketing is falling in line with that thinking.

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New posters!

 

 

The giant face one is okay, but I really like the APOCALYPSE NOW-style version.


I prefer the one on the right too.

post #145 of 385
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Who the hell is Terry Notary?

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1024953/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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Yeah, I'm a big fan of this one too.

 

Thank God they've eschewed the standard floating heads garbage that often passes for Hollywood posters nowadays.

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Yeah, I'm a big fan of this one too.

 

Thank God they've eschewed the standard floating heads garbage that often passes for Hollywood posters nowadays.

Don't worry, I'm sure the final one-sheet will be fully stocked with floating heads!  We should enjoy these teasers while we can.

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http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1024953/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Ahhhh, Terry Notary.

 

I've probably watched at least an hour of him working across the Hobbit appendices. The man really knows how to walk like an Orc.

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Ahhhh, Terry Notary.

 

I've probably watched at least an hour of him working across the Hobbit appendices. The man really knows how to walk like an Orc.

He knows how to walk like a bunch of different fictional and fantastical creatures.

 

When you watch as many bonus features as I do, it's hard not to notice that he's had a hand in a ton of stuff recently.

post #150 of 385
Trailer's out.

Holy shit. Sold.
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