December 30th, 2005

Went to see King Kong today. Managed to still my tears until the last hour and a half. Yes, I’m a wuss. I never have been able to make it through that movie without crying. (old or new version)

My dh made an interesting observation about this particular film. He said it didn’t seem like a Peter Jackson movie. (He directed King Kong, Lord of the Rings, and the Frighteners among others.) I hadn’t thought about it until he said that, but he was right. Every Peter Jackson film I’ve seen has terrific characterization and a lot of heart. This film had heart, but the characterization was pushed to the backburner behind the effects.

I did like the film (still HATE the ending). (In my version, several people die, while Kong lives. 😉 I thought the movie was good, but not great. The length could’ve been shortened by forty-five minutes to an hour and the film would’ve still held a lot of punch. I thought Naomi Watts did a good job, along with ‘Kong’. I just thought the other actors were somewhat short-changed unnecessarily. A brush of history here and there just doesn’t cut it, if you want me to care about them.

I know it sounds like I didn’t like the movie, but I really did. All and all, it’s definitely worth seeing on the big screen. I’m sure when the film comes out on DVD the director’s cut will be five hours long–minimum. *g*

Next up at the movies is Munich, The Ringer (because the chairman of the Special Olympics was a key player on this film), and Syriana.

2 comments to “KONG”

  1. I think I’m gonna wait for Kong on DVD. I heard Syriana was good–great even–but all the threads never quite seemed to tie together.

  2. Cece, Kong is probably one of those best seen on a giant screen because of the scope of the movie. I’m not sure it would be the same on the small screen. I hadn’t heard that about Syriana, but that’s not a good thing. *ggg* I’m not normally into the stupid Johnny Knoxville type films, but I thought it was interesting that the head of the Special Olympics actually participated in the movie. (I was afraid it was going to be him making fun of the special needs kids, but that’s not the case.)