The giant ape returns, though this Jurassic Park knockoff takes place neither in the Depression era, which gave us the original King Kong (1933), nor in the present, when satellite photos would surely alert us to the existence of a 100-foot gorilla. Instead—and for no reason I can fathom, except perhaps the classic-rock tunes desired for the soundtrack—the story takes place in 1973, when the Vietnam war is winding down and President Nixon is being driven from office. Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and Samuel L. Jackson are among the explorers tramping around the Pacific island where Kong lives, and John C. Reilly plays a bearded, shambling U.S. soldier who’s been stranded there since World War II. Inexplicably, this hopeless goofball gets a flag-waving end-credits vignette in which stirring music plays as he returns home to his wife and grown son. Where are the hungry dinosaurs when you need them? Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed.