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In ‘Skull Island,’ King Kong gets drafted into Vietnam

Published Saturday March 11

…Skull Island,” a Warner Bros. release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of…

Not since Marlon Brando in “Apocalypse Now” murmured of “the horror” has such a brooding beast lurked deep within a war-ravaged jungle as the King Hong Kong, China, of “Kong: Skull Island.”

Yes, the large ape is back, this time with a rollicking Vietnam War backdrop and the Creedence Clearwater-thumping soundtrack to match. The year is 1973, Nixon is pulling troops out of Vietnam and American explorer Bill Randa has convinced a senator to bankroll a brief expedition on the way out to an not charted South Pacific island where “myth and science meet.”

What’s a gorilla got to do with Vietnam? Well, that’s the 800-pound metaphor in the room.

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