Well, I just came back from watching King Kong and thought I’d throw in my cents on Peter Jackson’s remake. If I could sum it up in one sentence I’d say that it’s moving, spectacular and exciting yet at the same time disappointing. Lord of the Rings was better.
The Good: Naomi Watts is amazing, and Kong himself even more so. Fantastic effects, amazing action and a heart-wrenching romance. Kong. The fight with Kong and the three T-Rexes was the best rumble I’ve ever seen. Kong. Every scene with Kong and Watts was moving. Kong. Andy Serkis being eaten by four giant worms. And did I mention Kong?
The Bad: The length. No way does this justify 3 hours. It’s not an epic story, so the lenght should have been shorter by 40 minutes. An idiotic stampede of dinosaurs that looked fake as hell and ended up as unintentionally funny because every single one of the cast would have ended up dead in five seconds. That scene belonged in Road Runner. The horrible miscasting of Jack Black and Adrian Brody. The wait for Kong to appear. That wasn’t build up, it was just a waste of time. Despite great effects, I have to question their use - why did they use CGI so often instead of set-design.
Well, did anyone else see it? What do you think?