12/16/2005

Kong is King

I wonder how many reviews have used the same title for their headlines...

As many of you already know, Peter Jackson's King Kong is three hours long. I'm not sure if it necessarily had to be three hours long, and, at times, it certainly felt three hours long, but overall, I'd say it's worth your time and money. You definitely get a lot of bang for your buck.

You can really tell how much Jackson absolutely loves the original film. His adoration is visible in every meticulous frame, from the opening credits that evoke the Hollywood of old that made his beloved original, to the minute details of the big ape himself.

And what a creation that monkey truly is. Gollum, from the Lord of the Rings, set the standard for CGI acting, and Kong vaults that bar like it was nothing. I mean, with Gollum, a creature like that doesn't exist in nature. But Kong is just a huge gorilla, and if you didn't know better, you wouldn't know better. He looks amazingly real.

I've never been a huge Kong fan. The original film never did much for me, and I doubt I'd have seen this remake had it not been made by Peter Jackson, but I'm very glad he decided to make it (or, rather, Universal let him make it). He and his partners crafted a beautiful story, very touching, both funny and sad at the same time, because even though you know how it's going to end, you wish it wouldn't.

The entire cast did a great job. I'm sure it was insanely difficult performing with all the CGI animals and dinosaurs and more disgusting insects than you would care to imagine. Naomi Watts has this look, it'll just break your heart. It's obvious how the great ape could fall for her Ann Darrow. Adrien Brody was a very convincing playwright, though I'm wondering how a writer could become such an action/adventure hero at the drop of a hat. And Jack Black's Carl Denham...he's always been funny, but there was some real acting going on here. He's the ultimate showman, Peter Jackson's on-screen persona, his alter ego, displaying all the joy and ambition that Jackson himself must feel when he creates one of his masterpieces.

And a masterpiece it is. King Kong is an exciting, heartwrenching, action-packed extravaganza. It's truly something you've never seen before, and neither Carl Denham or Peter Jackson would have it any other way.

1 comment:

themoviefan said...

ha ha ha. you beat me to that title by one hour and a few minutes but i swear i did not see yours first.

just the same, we both liked the movie and that is just fine.