Keep the bar low.  Have realistic expectations.  If you do that and are just looking for two hours of mindless escapist fun, Kong: Skull Island is for you.  This movie is nothing but big action, CGI and a lot of stuff getting destroyed.  This movie overall is not great and probably has a future on the SyFy Channel, not even TNT.  There was just one instance of foul language.  But if you have the right expectations, go see this and have a good time.

This movie is driven by star power – Tom Hiddleston (you can’t play Loki forever), Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson and John C. Reilly.  Based in 1973, the movie’s storyline is contained to Skull Island and New York City is not involved.  However, the narrative will be very familiar.

The following are 15 Leadership Quotes And Lessons From Kong: Skull Island:

  1. Hire Experts – John Goodman played Bill Randa, the head of a government research agency who discovered Skull Island.  Goodman had to hire a team of experts to then get him on and off island.
  2. All Leaders Are Searching For Significance – Preston Packard, played by Samuel L. Jackson, said, “Men go to war in search of something.  If you would have found it you would be home by now.”
  3. A Story Well-Told Is Powerful – Packard told photographer Mason Weaver, played by Brie Larson, “A camera is way more dangerous than a gun.”
  4. Optics Matter Because Images Shape Opinions – Weaver added, “The right photo can shape opinions.”
  5. Living Things Need To Be Fed – Shortly after surviving Kong’s attack, one of the soldiers was asked why he was eating lunch.  He replied, “Eatin’ is the livin’.”
  6. Smart Leaders Deal With Unexpected Events With Poise.  They Do Not Panic. – The same soldier was asked why he was so calm after witnessing something (Kong) they did not even know existed.  He replied, “That was an unconventional encounter.  There was no precedent.  We did the best we could.”
  7. Great Leaders Speak With Great Clarity – After the encounter with Kong, Packard calmly fut firmly said to Randa, “You are going to tell me everything that I should know… or I blow you away.”
  8. Great Leaders Stay Calm Under Pressure – James Conrad, played by Hiddleston, remained extremely calm as he encountered new species of animals, new people groups, and multiple unforeseen challenges.
  9. Leaders Sometimes Get Bored And Create Imaginary Challenges – Island inhabitant since WWII Hank Marlow, played by John C. Reilly, said, “Sometimes the enemy doesn’t exist until you go looking for one.”
  10. Smart Leaders Are Bridge Builders, Not Divisive – Marlow noted, “Kong’s a pretty good king. Keeps to himself, mostly, but you don’t go into someone’s house and start dropping bombs unless you’re picking a fight.”
  11. Satan Makes Sin Attractive Which Is Why So Many People Are Trapped By It – Conrad said, “Isn’t it odd the most dangerous places are the most beautiful.”
  12. Even If You Survive, Combat Takes Something From You – Conrad said, “No one comes home from war.  Not really.”
  13. Great Leaders Are Incurably Optimistic – As the troops were about to go into a situation where many would surely die, Marlow looked at his fellow soldiers and said with pride, “This is a good group to die with.”
  14. Poor Leaders Marginalize or Even Ignore Proven, Experienced Talent On Their Teams – Packard continually ignored Marlow’s advice even though he had survived on the island for three decades.  Exasperated, Marlow wondered out loud, “I’ve only been here 28 years.  What do I know?”
  15. There Is No Success Without Succession – The post credits scene setup a series of upcoming monster movies including the integration of Godzilla and King Kong.

Once again, go see Kong: Skull Island.  Just keep proper expectations.  If you do, get you a bucket of popcorn and enjoy yourself.


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