King Kong

A Film Review By Jason L. King

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

*Jackson scores again with yet another Visual Masterpiece!

*An Excellent Musical Score makes this film even more action packed and intense!

*The film hails a 3 plus hour runtime! It definitely feels a long, but good none the less

*Jack Black in a semi serious role: Hard to take at first, but it grows on you…

*All though many adults will take their children to this film, It’s not for the young kiddies! It’s got some intense battle scenes and some creepy characters and scary Tribal natives that could spawn nightmares for the little ones

Many asked after the success of Lord of the Rings, just how can Jackson top that? Jackson’s latest attempt may fall short when in comparison in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy as a whole, but his remake of King Kong breathes new life into the collossal movie ape and the classic tale surrounding it. Jackson is a master of his craft, recreating for a new generation this tale of the great ape with a vast amount of technology audiences could never dream of when the original Kong film was made (1933).

What makes this film outstanding is the excellent visuals, a great soundtrack and an excellent cast, including Jack Black (School of Rock, High Fidelity) Adrian Brody (The Pianist) and Naomi Watts. Jack Black steps into this semi serious role quite well and Brody plays the strong silent, and handsome hero quite well. Watts performance as the blonde beauty is limited when it comes to words, but her performance is equal to her predecessor, Fay Wray.

King Kong unfortunately suffers from Jackson’s vision of a 3 hour Kong! The film definitely is lengthy, and the audiences will be feeling the length durig the final scene. A lot of time is spent prepping for their trip to Skull Island, and lots of battles and discoveries of some of Skull Island’s creepy crawlies give this film it’s length. While each scene is visually spectacular, many were not necessary and could have been cut out to make a much more concise film. None the less, this is a joy to watch and so the 3 hours passes quite quickly once the story drags you in.

The Verdict:
Jackson’s retelling makes for an exciting epic adventure that should easilly be the visual event of the year. This is a film that is definitely better on the big screen. Get to a theater and check out the giant ape on a giant screen with great sound! Don’t forget to pick up enough snacks as you head into the theater, you’ll be in there for a while. But once Kong appears on the screen for the first time, you won’t want to leave for a refill on your popcorn!

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