King Kong (DVD, 2006, Anamorphic Widescreen) Reviews
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King Kong (DVD, 2006, Anamorphic Widescreen)

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A Solid 4-Star Film

Dec 14, 2005 (Updated Mar 25, 2006)
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Pros:Great special effects, kept my attention for the most part

Cons:Some scenes draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag.

The Bottom Line: King Kong is worth checking out.


Hubby and I just got back from the much anticipated King Kong. The good news is that it was nowhere near as bad as I feared it might be. The bad news is that it wasn’t nearly as good as it could have been. Overall, though, this was a pretty entertaining film and, in my opinion, worth the extra dough to see it on the big screen.

The Plot
The film starts off in New York City in the 1930’s, where entertainers are struggling to make a living. Carl Denham (Jack Black) is trying to make the adventure film of a lifetime by traveling to an uninhabited island. As a result of a hurried departure, he picks up Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) to star in his film. The trip to the Skull Island ends up being more than the crew bargained for as they encounter scary people, scary creatures, and the film’s star gets kidnapped by a giant ape.

What I Liked
King Kong the character is great. Played by Andy Serkis, he truly has his own personality and the movements are amazingly lifelike. Not only are the action scenes impressive as he swings through the trees and up tall buildings, but the close up facial shots are very good as well. I think the film did a great job of portraying King Kong as almost human and generally misunderstood, because by the end my sympathies were with him, not so much the other character. There is some very good human acting going on as well. Jack Black surprised and impressed me in taking on a more serious role than his norm. Adrien Brody was pretty decent as Jack Driscoll, the writer for Carl’s film.

The island scenery is great, and a lot of action takes place there. I found myself jumping out of my seat several times as the crew travels through the jungle to try to rescue Ann. There is some scary stuff, which I enjoyed. A group of eerie looking native people were much scarier to me than King Kong himself. Don’t worry, the film isn’t all scary stuff. There are some lighthearted moments that made me laugh and even a passionate kiss or two.

The city setting is even more attractive than the island, if possible. I love period films and this one has some very neat scenes of New York City and the theater district. I liked the soundtrack a lot too and felt like it added a lot to the film.

What I Didn’t Like
The very first thing my husband and I commented on after leaving the theater was that some of the scenes are VERY drawn out. In other words, this need not be a three hour movie. It seemed like someone was afraid to cut some stuff that really was redundant. There was a dinosaur stampede that seemed to go on forever, to the point that I felt like they were showing the same footage over and over. I also got a little tired of scenes of people shooting at King Kong while Ann shouts “Nooo!!!” and waves her arms around.

While we’re on that subject, I was just a little disappointed with Naomi Watts in this role. This could be just because most of her part consisted of screaming and shouting “Nooo!!!” but I felt like she was overacting just a bit. There were lots of times where she had the same expression on her face for a really long time, particularly a shocked/confused expression.

Overall…
I pretty much liked King Kong. It kept my attention for the full three hours although I do feel like some scenes ought to have been shortened a bit. If nothing else, the movie is worth seeing for the great CGI effects and because it is being so much hyped in the media at the moment. You don’t want to be the only one who hasn’t seen it, do you? I’m giving this four stars because while it isn’t perfect, its significantly better than many films I’ve seen this year.


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