King Kong

A Film Review By The Mike

Starring: Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Naomi Watts
Directed By: Peter Jackson
Rated Rated PG-13 for intense action scenes and some disturbing imagery that may not be suitable for youngins

Final Grade:

Box Office Bullet Points: The Movie In A Nutshell

*Jason’s review is too wrong (even if it’s mostly right), so I’ll clear up a few points for y’all.

*The acting across the board is fantastic. Jackson’s managed to layer a lot of subtext about the relationships between men and women and how different types of men deal with challenges into the film, which really makes every character fascinating when considered in relation to the others.

*The three hour runtime feels shorter than most (if not all) three hour movies I’ve seen, and definitely feels shorter than recent two-hour-ish fare like Rent or The Chronicles of Narnia.

*The visual effects are among the best ever produced, even if there are tiny flaws like the Naomi Watts in Kong’s hand looking a little like a Barbie doll at times.

*The kids’ll be scared now, but this is the kind of movie that breeds imagination and wonder in a child’s mind, just like the original was for filmmakers like Spielberg and Jackson. If I were a parent I’d be dragging my children to this one, it’s the stuff that dreams are made of.

The Verdict:
Peter Jackson’s tribute to King Kong is among the most fantastic tales ever put on the big screen. It might take a little time to get rolling, but when the action starts it takes control of the viewer and doesn’t let go. Too many people are afraid to make movies that are this full of care these days, especially when more commercial products like the previously mentioned Narnia will take their money for being a safer bet. In many ways, this film seems made by aspirations that echo the ones of the filmmaker played by Jack Black within it.

But I encourage each and every one of you to give it a chance, on the big screen. This is filmed spectacle at its greatest, and anyone who says they like movies and passes it up is clearly not sure where their allegiances lie.