Thursday, January 12, 2006

So... What's your story?

It's really good thing they brought back King Kong after two weeks worth of mediocrity. I was able to catch the last showing at the mall last night and I must say it was all worth the long wait. Although Director Peter Jackson based most of the meat of his project on the original 1933 movie, this movie is most definitely able to stand on its own, tall and proud, beside the old classic. Most of the principal characters from the old movie were preserved as well as most of the action scenes and the plot. I'm not gonna waste your time recalling the details of the movie as you've probably already watched it way before I did so I'll get on with all those observations and thoughts about the whole film. The first thing I noticed about the movie was Kong looked a lot older than the previous versions. Harharhar! I know it sounds trivial so sue me! I understand he's under a lot of stress living alone on his own surrounded by carnivores the same size as he is without no one to talk to even if he was worshipped as a god or a big bully the natives have to appease.

And has anyone noticed the boat's Captain Englehorn (Thomas Kretschmann) resembles a slim Liam Neeson? It shows even in the way he speaks! Jack Black reprises his role as the biggest schmuck in the film like in his previous movies, to think I thought he was one of the good guys. History also repeats itself in Skull Island as in the case with the dodo of Mauritius Island as wildlife in that obscure land is now extinct or almost endangered because of the presence of modern man. Did you see how they led the dinosaurs to their deaths and can you blame the giant insects for being hungry when the meat that falls down the gorge are far in between and they even have to fight over the morsels. Just kidding! In any case you're looking for a more in depth critique of the film against the 1933 original, it's best you check out this lengthy reaction, "Why Peter Jackson's Re-Envisioning of the 1933 Classic is so Disturbing!" You may find yourself agreeing with most of the points raised in that review as I did. Something to talk about among friends over coffee lattes or beer. Or milk.

* Check out also the review in Hollywood Jesus for more insightful reactions to this great movie.

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