Saturday, January 07, 2006

King Kong


OK, so should you really remake a movie for the second time? And is it worth $200 (remember, million is always implied in Hollywood budgets – and the number of Pat Angello fans, though that would have to be calculated in a fraction) to make this monkey movie yet again. Especially when the director goes $30 over budget and has to throw in his own dough?

Eh, maybe.

The effects were mostly stunning. Watching Kong fight 3 Tyrannosaurus Rexes while holding and throwing the girl was pretty damn cool. The scenery was awesome. I have to say, that the end of the film with 1930’s NY viewed from the sky was excellent, and watching the monkey destroy cars and buildings was pretty cool. However, the stampede of dinosaurs with actors running with/in front of them looked kinda like it was filmed on a green screen. I know it WAS, but there were outlines around the actors and the focus was too perfect. This scene looked like something with 20-year-old technology.

Naomi Watts (Anne Barrow) was OK, but her character was pretty weak. She’s there basically to either scream or giggle. Adrien Brody (Jack Driscoll) pretty much wasted his talent to collect a check in this film. And Jack Black (Carl Denham) was the absolute WRONG choice for this film. Sorry, but Black’s whole MO is making fun of serious dialogue. When he’s delivering a line in the film, you have to chuckle.

Bottom line – it’s worth seeing in theaters. You’ll certainly enjoy the effects and scenery. However, don’t expect to be blown away by the story, cast, or script. You know what’s going to happen, you know how it’s going to happen, and you know when it’s going to happen. Many lines are true to the original, and they needed to be updated. Oh, and try as hard as you can to NOT laugh at the end. Oh, sure – the sweet monkey is dead, boo-hoo. But when Jack Black says, “It wasn’t the bullets. T’was beauty that killed the beast,” you’re going to laugh.

3.5 out of 5

4 comments:

Sus said...

huh....you're the first person I've heard from that didn't totally praise the flick. I still haven't seen it, nor Narnia, nor about tooooo damn many other flick's. *sigh* I hate being poor.

Pat Angello said...

I did praise most of the CGI, and 3.5 is a 'B' in my book.

Collin said...

Huh. So Kong got to hole the girl while fighting three T-Rex's in this one? That's new.

Pat Angello said...

Yeah, that was supposed to say "holding" - oops!

Everything you ever wanted to know about Pat Angello - sorry!