KONG: SKULL IS­LAND

Di­rected by Jor­dan VogtRoberts. Star­ring Tom Hid­dle­ston, Samuel L Jack­son, John Good­man, Brie Lar­son, John C Reilly

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Di­rected by Bill Con­don. Star­ring Emma Wat­son, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGre­gor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thomp­son Con­don’s film, a flat-pack re­build of the an­i­mated 1991 fairytale, quickly demon­strates the lim­i­ta­tions of movie life be­yond the draw­ing board. Un­for­giv­ably, the en­chanted (and once en­chant­ing) ob­jects – Mrs Potts the teapot, Lu­mière the can­de­labra, et al – are con­sid­er­ably less charm­ing as real-world knick­knacks with pen­cilled in eyes and mouths. The CG is vari­able and Wat­son is bland and joy­less as Belle. For all that, it will sat­isfy those look­ing for a live-ac­tion fac­sim­ile of the clas­sic. PG cert, gen re­lease, 129 min Who saw this com­ing? Kong: Skull Is­land and Apoca­lypse Now should just get a room to­gether. Vogt-Roberts’s hugely en­joy­able semi-pre­quel to the re­cent Godzilla sends a team of Amer­i­cans to the tit­u­lar South Pa­cific is­land in the mid 1970s. A

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