Script: Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens
Cast: Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis, Jack Black, Jamie Bell, Kyle Chandler, Naomi Watts
Setting: New York
Rated : 8 Stars
Rewatched 19th March 2017 – Originally watched December 2005
After a movie crew travel to a mysterious island to shoot their picture, they encounter a giant and furious gorilla who takes their leading actress and form a special relationship with her, protecting the beautiful lady at all costs.
So before going to see the new King Kong film I figured I may as well take a look at the Peter Jackson version. I remember enjoying it, but don’t think I’ve rewatched it in quite a while. And I still really enjoyed it. It is a film with a lot of heart if you ask me, the finale is so sad, even though the viewer knows what is going to happen.
I have to disagree with Carl though, twasn’t “Beauty that killed the Beast” but your god damn greed and selfishness. That’s not a spoiler it it? I mean everyone knows what happens in the end of King Kong, don’t they?
As for the effects, well a few of them have aged, that’s true. The dinosaur stampede in particular felt off to me, but some of other scenes were a tad ropey as well, although Kong himself is still great. He is such a real character in the film.
Original thoughts below …
Forget that Star Wars film, this is the blockbuster film of the year. Its got the special effects, the monsters, the danger, the huge budget, and the director, and although maybe it doesn’t the explosions of a space battle, but the rumbles in the jungle you’ll see here will more than make up for missing out on big bangs and fire balls.
You know the story, big gorilla located on a mysterious island falls in love with a blonde actress, is taken captive to New York and put on show, only to escape, wreck the joint and eventually come to an end on the Empire State Building. And I have to say I was a little meh about going to see it. I mean the original was never really my cup of tea, and I knew what was going to happen. How good could it be?
It takes an age to get started, but you are never bored. I never wanted them to move it along and meet the big ape, but was quite happy to see Carl Denham lie and cheat and schmooze into getting what he wanted. But once we arrive on Skull Island the pace just never lets up. There’s a kidnapping, fight scenes, unruly islanders, gunfire, dinosaurs, gross insects and even worse giant worm-type-things, and of course, Kong himself. I’d seen a few clips of the fight between Kong and T. Rex, and hadn’t been that impressed. It looked cool, but come on, it’s just a collection of pixels fighting another collection of pixels. Well yes, but it is also so much better than that. You’ll be sucked in and won’t want to be spat out.
The actors were all great. Jack Black in particular was just down right nasty, and yet somehow you didn’t really hate him. But if there is any justice in the world we should see an oscar nomination for Andy Serkis and the team that brought Kong to life. He is fantastic, whether as the rampaging silverback with an attitude or as the over-enthusiastic clown. You’ll love him.
All this raving, yet it isn’t perfect. At times I was too aware of the fact that it was a film. I wasn’t feeling with the characters, I was watching them. And the whole island sequence, while fantastic, seemed to happen to fast and so unrealistic. Yes, I know the whole premise of the film is unrealistic but within that world.
Very much one to go see, yet I don’t know if it’ll stand up to repeat viewings, and I didn’t have that “can I turn around and go back again” feeling. I will go see it again before Christmas, maybe, and thats the point. I won’t be too disappointed if I don’t get to see it again in the cinema.