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King Kong (2005)

  Directed by: Peter Jackson, Bryan Singer
Written by: Phillipa Boyens, Merian C. Cooper, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wallace, Fran Walsh
Starring: Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Naomi Watts
Links: King Kong on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on DVD
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 4.00 (1 rating)
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"Hello, story? Where are you?" - a review by pearly

Peter Jackson's been doing some good work of late. I don't know whether anyone has noticed? Anyway, I was of the opinion that he may be able to do something decent with King Kong. I've never seen King Kong (1933), aka The Original, but most everyone knows the basic concept: a film crew in the 1930s on a location shoot, comes across the giant ape known as King Kong, who falls in love at first sight with the leading lady, Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts).

Once again, Jackson brings us the action via a combination of live action and special effects to bring Kong, and the many other monsters and sets to life. Unfortunately, King Kong falls a little flat. The main reason for this is story. There are too many incidental characters that we're supposed to feel something for, despite the fact that they are so two dimensional that it's surprising they don't look physically flat up on screen.

On top of this, there's the extraordinary struggle between the humans and the strange natural world of the island. It's all a bit much. There's the savage people who live there. Then there's dinosaurs. Then giant bugs. And carnivorous plants. By about halfway through all of this, I was completely over the whole thing. I just didn't care any more. When you know what the outcome is going to be, the amount of hardship that the characters have to go through to get there is too much work, with not enough payoff. The effects were okay, but nothing spectacular by any means, and the length of this group of storylines was yawn-inducing.

By the end, when Kong was brought back to New York, I found that any semblance of care factor that I may have had if I hadn't just had to sit through everything else was gone. I'm sure this whole thing was heightened due to the fact that I'm not one that goes in for blockbuster special effects - to someone who loves that kind of thing, King Kong is probably a superb choice of film. But for someone who enjoys story and character development, not even the big name actors in this could enhance my level of excitement.

pearly gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 23 Mar 2006

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Reader comments

  1. Truly stunning. I'm a huge fan of the original, was shocked and dismayed by the schlocky remake in the 70's, and approached Peter Jackson's interpretation with caution. This movie lives up to the hype, has some imaginative and jaw-dropping action sequences, and surpasses the pathos of the original. By the end, I was in tears. Don't walk -- RUN to get your copy of this movie now, you won't be disappointed.

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from dave lopez on Wed 05 Apr 2006 04:50 #

  2. Peter Jackson nearly killed himself trying to make this film, I can't say it was really worth it in the end as I'm not going to watch the first hour ever again. I reckon the CGI artists must have been hallucinating when they came up with the giant penises.

    A comment from nofreelist's own timchuma on Mon 10 Apr 2006 12:39 #

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