Down on his luck, film maker, Carl Denham dreams of riches,
riches he hopes to find on Skull Island. Skull Island is a
mythic place known to many sailors but its whereabouts are
shrouded in mystery, a mystery that Denham hopes he can uncover
using a map that he has obtained. In order to make the film
he brings along Jack Driscoll as script writer and Ann Darrow,
a down and out actress as his star. Aboard the Venture
they sail to Skull Island and Kong...
I have to fess up to the fact that at the time of writing,
the Peter Jackson film has yet to be released, so there goes
a whole paragraph on how it differs from the movie. It is
very different from the original 1933 movie, which I am watching,
for the umpteenth time, whilst typing this. Hold on... just
have to turn it down. Fay Wray has got to have the loudest
scream on the planet. So, where were we, ah yes, not seen
the new film...
book pretty much follows the main thrust of the original film;
pretty girl, big gorilla and of course the bizarre collection
of dinosaurs. With the luxury of space it has the ability
of getting inside the heads of the characters, which really
is the raison d'Ítre of such books. Given that Kong is a great
big gorilla, with as much grasp of the English language as
your average chav, it's great to get inside the big guys head
to understand a lot more regarding his personal motivation,
especially when it come to his odd infatuation with Ann Darrow.
One of the things I did like was how well the movie adaptation
flowed from The
Island of the Skull
prequel book, although written by two different writers. Thumbs
up for the editors there.
any good, well it depends on your age. If, like me, you're
of an age to have seen the various incarnations of Kong on
film, it may feel a little like treading over old ground.
But if you have been blessed with the gift of youth, which
I'm sure is just wasted on you, then there may be much here
to spark your interest. Having felt up my own personal goose
which indeed feels a little fatter I would guess that Christmas
is scant days off and for the under twelve's who cannot get
into see the film, this and the prequel may make good pressies.
At least that way your kids can blag it to their mates and
pretend that they've seen the movie.
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