OK, so should you really remake a movie for the second time? And is it worth $200 (remember, million is always implied in
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