This First Full ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Trailer Has a Lot Happening

After releasing a kickass new poster earlier today, Kong: Skull Island has followed it up with its first full trailer. And I’m not sure what to think.

There is plenty to like about the trailer, some things not to like as much, and some really weird stuff that’s kinda cool. Like, everything about John C. Reilly. Check it out:

So yeah, very busy trailer. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has already teased that there will be a ton of Kong action and they aren’t hiding him until the end of the movie, so it’s no surprise we see plenty of him here. But then there are those other “Bone crawler” things, and a little CGI overload. Some of it is cool as hell – especially that shot of Kong peering over some fireballs – others appears to still be in the polishing stage. Hopefully.

And then there’s John C. Reilly. Clearly, he is the comic relief here, riffing on Dennis Hopper’s mad journalist at the end of the river in Apocalypse Now. He’s probably pretty damn funny in the context of the film, but some of his stuff here – that beard and those jokes – feels jarring in a two-minute preview.

This is probably too much dissection for a movie trailer, especially one that promises so much awesomeness like this, but I’m sincerely hoping this is a great film. The cast is all in place for it to be great, and Kong looks good. I’ll just chalk this up as a weirdly edited trailer (there aren’t even any mention of the actors anywhere).

Kong: Skull Island opens March 10.

Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry is the managing editor for Monkeys Fighting Robots. The Dalai Lama once told him when he dies he will receive total consciousness. So he's got that going for him... Which is nice.