Tuesday, December 27, 2005

King Kong

© Someone ElseI'm sure that you have already seen a hundred reviews of this film but I just had to add my thoughts. Peter Jackson has made a brilliant movie - again. His interpretation/copy/remake of the 1933 original is spot on. Andy Serkis does a great job playing Kong and Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmann all have creditable performances.

Peter Jackson makes long movies, and the benefit of this is that there is time to develop the plot and more importantly the characters. This is crucial to the whole experience as it allows the subtler nuances of the characters' personalities room to breathe, and in doing so allows the viewer to develop emotiona attachments to them. This movie really does really pull the wool over your eyes and as the film progresses you can easily suspend any beliefs about reality, you are sucked right into it.
King Kong (2005)
Plot: 15/20
Acting: 18/20
Production: 19/20
Entertainment: 36/40
Total: 88/100

Yes there are a few areas of the plot where I'd have thought that Jackson would have beefed up the characters' personalities, and there were also a few areas where the plot had to be bent into shape to fit but I would still recommend King Kong to anyone who is a fan of the cinema.

I'm not sure that it will translate quite as well onto DVD. It is definately one of those movies that benefites ffom the huge screen (the bigger the better) and sound of the silver screen. Whilst I usually find it irritating the audience reaction is also a plus when viewing King Kong (, at least it was when I went to see it yesterday evening).



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