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Go see Kong.
See it now.
See it on the big screen.
It is a HELL of a lot of fun.
Hmm. I suppose I should make an honest effort to give you a review. Unfortunately for any nay sayers, its going to be mostly positive.
If any of you have seen the original, I can safely say that this movie took what made the original great, and happily discards most of the garbage. The effects are incredible, and while not completely seemless, the times that CG or other effects were noticeable I was having too much fun to care.
Ok, fine. Fair enough, even if you hated the LOR movies, you probably had to admit that the effects were spectacular, so you might expect no less from Peter Jackson this time. Where this movie surprised me was, however, its honest attempt to make a real plot and likeable characters and not just rely on the strength of a big ^&%^!#@! ape.
I am trying not to give any spoilers here, so that denies of the ability to say too much, or write a proper review, but the fight scenes are spectacular and in a couple of cases surprising(at least to me). I mean, yeah, we all know the story, and we know how it ends, but there a large number of scenes that were NOT in the original movie, and one of them at least is going to give me the 'willies' for quite a while if I think on it directly. And without bragging, I can safely say that I am not one to get the 'willies' easily. .
Jack Black was quite good here, although I found he didn't hit all the notes he was aiming for, and I found the rest of the cast quite believable as well. The lead(other than the big guy himself) managed to make credible a womans actual love for a 30' gorilla. While its hard to give characters any real depth beyond recognizable archetypes in the 2 hours of a regular film, this movie tries its best.
One of the characters states something which really resonated with me, and I wish to share it.
"Real heroes don't look like me. They've got bad teeth, a bald spot and a beer gut. I'm just an actor with a gun."
Of course, this character, while certainly a timid or even cowardly man, is not stuck as being the stereotype of the guy you love to hate, but actually manages to rise to the challange once or twice and exceeds your expectations of him, without any sappy 'redemption' and transformation. Excellent.
About the only negative I can give was the need for such a action/horror/love? story to have the 'named' Black guy die pretty much first. It made sense for his character to die, but when my wife is telling me that a character will die almost 45 mins before he actually does, 'killing the black guy first' has been overdone.
Ok. One spoiler, and its not a big one, especially if you've seen the original or any of the trailers.
If you've ever had a need to see a gorilla beat the living daylights out of a tyranosaurus rex, then this movie is a must see. And I LOVE to see gorillas kicking giant reptile ass.
OK. I'm done gushing. Go see this.
Last edited by Grey; December 21st, 2005 at 04:32.
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idk if this has been said, however i've heard from experts on the net (wow isn't that a contradiction) that king kong (which i've seen already and i give ****/****) has the best CGI work of any movie ever made.
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I thought that the movie was very good. I've only seen parts of the original but the parts I saw were faithfully executed in the new one. I also felt pity for Kong when he died, something I don't normaly feel towards movie characters, with the exception of Last Samurai...no comment
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