It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we recommend some quality viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Kong: Skull Island.

Kong: Skull Island is the first film featuring the legendary ape to be set entirely on his home turf, upon which John Goodman, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson foolishly trespass. They don’t even have a chance to touch down before Kong begins swatting helicopters from the sky, leaving them stranded and separated in a jungle hell teeming with giant spiders and slithering, reptilian Skullcrawlers. Their chances of survival rest with a barmy John C. Reilly, who’s been stuck on the island since World War II…

Capturing the adventurous spirit of yesteryear monster movies like Valley of Gwangi and Mysterious Island, with a liberal dose of Vietnam War gung-ho and Jurassic World, Kong: Skull Island is far better paced and much more entertaining than Peter Jackson’s 2005 King Kong remake. Hail to the King!

Four reasons why Kong: Skull Island rocks:

1. Kong’s entrance.

2. The Skullcrawlers.

3. The 1970s flavour. 

4. The post-credits teaser that sets up Godzilla: King of the Monsters

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Check out STACK‘s previous Friday Flick recommendations here.