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If only *Adrien Brody* had fallen off the Empire State Building!! 
17th-Dec-2005 08:19 pm
Or so said the girl behind me at the end of King Kong. And, indeed, the more sympathetic they made the big gorilla, the less sympathetic Brody got, no matter how many times he made tormented, puppy-dog eyes at the camera. (Sure enough, Kong WAS very cute, and THIS time around you know some of that was intentional. The scariest part about him was his sheer size, and THAT wasn't his fault. :P )

Naomi Watts gets some good screams in but needed a body double for most of her acrobatics.

Jack Black does not do drama very well; his apparent incredulity even onscreen made me keep expecting him to crack an off-color joke.

The depiction of those crazy natives was outright racist. (And critics of the original were talking racism. Wait 'til they see how "far" we've come!)

Oh, and can you imagine what would happen nowadays if a giant gorilla were loose on the streets of NYC? The military wouldn't be shooting to kill, that's for sure! Can you imagine what the Animal Rights groups would say? Not to mention that he's the last of his kind, too!

The greatest improvement between the 30's and now? (Besides the claymation vs. computer animation, naturally.) That "ice-skating" scene. 'Nuff said. ^_~

And I like the idea of the film being an allegory for interracial love--after all, Kong was, as far as this film was concerned, only a monster in the humans' imagination.

Otherwise, the film was a very LONG and very faithful remake of the original plus allusions interspersed throughout...but, as with the original, there are a TON of other things I'd rather be watching. *sighs* It was, like The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, a monument to monumentality that leaves viewers wading through a sea of special effects in order to get to whatever genuine heart might be left.
18th-Dec-2005 03:35 pm (UTC) - NYT movie review
18th-Dec-2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
I wasn't too impressed with the movie overall. The special effects were amazing, and for just being a remake it was good. But if I redid the movie, I think I could do better with the writing itself. I read that it was so long because there were too many special effects they weren't willing to cut out. However, I thought the movie had plenty they could have cut out.
18th-Dec-2005 10:10 pm (UTC)
*nods* I completely agree. The film did not have to be three hours long, and the special effects distracted from the decidedly unimpressive script and dialogue.
18th-Dec-2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
The dialogue was a huge problem for me, too! I think anyone not rolling their eyes when Ann and Manny said good-bye must have been asleep.
But at least he gave a nod to all the "racism controversy" that's always surrounded Kong by having a black man on the ship. He was first mate! He was not only not after the white woman and not a savage, but was so civilized he was even taking care of a white guy! Black men have sure come a long way.
I should have included that in my own review, but it was getting long.
18th-Dec-2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
It was nice to see such a positive black character in the film...but of course he died, and, as they say, the black guy always dies! On the other hand, the Chinese character didn't improve at all, and the islanders were even WORSE. Overall, attempts at nuancing the racism of the story were half-hearted at best.

18th-Dec-2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was being sarcastic. I thought it was really corny. I just knew the black guy would die saving everyone else, yadda yadda. On the one hand I think maybe I'm too picky. Action flicks are usually a little corny. At least this had great special effects. Plus it's a remake of something that was already there.
On the other hand. It was 3 hours long! If I hadn't had to get up and pee I would have lost feeling in my legs or something.
18th-Dec-2005 10:59 pm (UTC)
Heh. I think genre flicks are ALWAYS a bit corny, teetering on that fine line between honestly entertaining and outright ridiculous. (And they move even more in the direction of the latter the more time passes.)

Well, you know, if you got up to go to the bathroom during the film, that's usually a sign that it's not that that great--otherwise, you'd be so glued to your seat that you'd forget to go. At least in my experience. ^_~
18th-Dec-2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, not me. I always try to curb how much pop I have and to not sit in the middle where I'd have to crawl over a lot of people. That's the blessing of waiting for dvd. I can just pause it. I have bladder issues and pee a lot. Every time I've ever had a new doctor they've tested me for diabetes because of it, in case you wanted TMI. ;D
18th-Dec-2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
Actually, there's some new drug on the market for people who have to go to the bathroom a lot. Just in case you want to be diagnosed with a "disorder" you never knew you had. ^_~

I'm one of those crazy people who will sit there in front of the TV or movie screen and squirm because I can't bear to rip myself away for a bathroom break. *laughs*
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