It is no secret that I have been looking very forward to this film. I am one of those people that do not subscribe to the notion that we’ve already had two King Kong films, what’s the point of a third? Here’s my argument to that: How many of us have seen either of the two previous films in their entirety? Answer: Not many. I think King Kong is one of the few films that probably should be re-made every twenty or thirty years for a whole new audience. I mean, I’ve seen the late seventies King Kong and thought it was pretty cool, but that was at least fifteen to twenty years ago. As for the original King Kong, I’ve only seen clips. Point being, I applaud Peter Jackson for making a modern day King Kong with modern day sensibility.
That being said, as you may have guessed, I highly recommend this film. The effects were very, very good, but not always seamless. The acting was also surprisingly good. Jack Black did a superb job of creating a character you both loved and hated, and I dare anyone not to fall in figurative love with Naomi Watts. Brody did a fine job as well, as did the captain and main members of the ship’s crew.
No surprises in the storyline, as this was a re-make in the strictest of terms. But, everything was better. The natives were more frightening, the giant animal fight scenes were more ferocious, the insects were downright creepy, and Kong really felt like a real ape that just happened to be quite oversized.
The CG effects made Kong a hyper-realistic creation, one that conveyed thousands of emotions through his eyes and facial expressions. I really think the emotional reverberation of this film has caught everyone off guard. I dare you not to root for Kong even as he destroys human lives. (Now, whether those lives are innocent is a matter of philosophical debate, one that I will not address.)
Now, I will admit, this film had a rather high cheese content. I mean, the amount of near misses Naomi Watts suffered at the hands of giant creatures other than Kong bordered upon the absurd, as did some of the endless fight scenes between Kong and (insert creature here). At times it was too much, even for a movie about a giant monkey.
However, that being said, I still say this movie is well worth the price of admission.