Adamantium Bullet
9Dec/17

Review: KONG: SKULL ISLAND / TABLE 19 / KOOLHOVEN’S BRIMSTONE

Scientists, soldiers and adventurers unite to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. Cut off from everything they know, they venture into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery soon becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape from a primal world where humanity does not belong.

According to director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the first draft of the screenplay had the action taking place in 1917, and was an entirely different film. Although he liked the script, he didn't think it was something he wanted to make. When asked what kind of monster movie he had in mind, he suggested to have it take place in the Vietnam war era, as a sort of "APOCALYPSE NOW with monsters", since there had never been a monster movie set in that time. He also saw interesting parallels between the political turmoil and racial riots from the 1970s and the 2010s. Contrary to his expectation, the studio loved the idea and the script was re-worked from there. (IMDB)

J Bryant

AngieBee

A frontier woman (Dakota Fanning) turns fugitive when she is wrongly accused of a crime she didn't commit and is hunted by a vengeful preacher (Guy Pearce).

Just before shooting, Mia Wasikowska backed out of the production due to exhaustion. When one of the movie's financiers also pulled out, the movie was nearly bankrupted before any footage was shot, since the crew had already been hired and complete sets had been built. When Guy Pearce took the plane to come to Europe, he took a huge risk, because the financing was not completely in place. However, he had been very enthusiastic about his Reverend character since meeting with director Martin Koolhoven, and his presence was a deciding factor in securing the rest of the budget. Within a few days, Wasikowska was replaced by Dakota Fanning (who had already been considered for the part, but had availability problems before), but then Robert Pattinson suddenly backed out. Luckily, Kit Harington was prepared to cut his holiday short, leaving him only a few days to get to the set and prepare for filming. In 2017, Robert Pattinson admitted he had backed out, because he thought the movie would not happen, since Wasikowska had pulled out. He said he regretted deeply not doing the movie. (IMDB)

J Bryant

AngieBee

Ex-maid of honor Eloise (Anna Kendrick) - having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text - decides to hold her head high and attend her oldest friend's wedding anyway. She finds herself seated at the random table in the back of the ballroom with a disparate group of strangers, most of whom should have known to just send regrets. As everyone's secrets are revealed, Eloise learns a thing or two from the denizens of Table 19.

Co-stars Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson previously worked with each other in an episode of the TV show FRIENDS. Robinson's character was the one who enabled the possibility for Kudrow's character to change her name from Phoebe to 'Princess Consuela Bananahammock'. (IMDB)

J Bryant

AngieBee

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