Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Jackson's King Kong

My nephews and I trooped down to the Cineplex at Cubao to watch Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong. I first watched King Kong at Coronet Theatre along Aurora Boulevard, Jackson's King Kong is also showing at Coronet but I was not going to watch it there. Amenities and ambiance was a hundred fold better at Gateway Cinemas

The movie is a remake and stays faithful to the original tale of King Kong (1933). So no story to botch-up. Jackson though did a three-hour treatment on it.

The movie did not feel like a three-hour movie. My nephews were able to sit through the whole film. Although the intro and setting-up part of the movie could have been shorter, my nephews looked bored during this part. Still it was bearable, Jackson though was able to enthral people with a kaleidoscope of life in New York during the 1930s. Thing began to pick up once the adventurers reached Skull Island from there it was uphill all the way, except for that minor scene in the park. If the movie could have shorten the first part; they should have cut the park scene and left it to the bugs of Skull Island to feast on.

Andy Serkis, Jack Black, Naomi Watts, Adrian Brody, Jamie Bell, Collin Hanks and the rest of the cast were excellent. Andy Serkis though was amazing playing the ships cook and as Kong. Jackson and company used technology used in creating Gollum and improved upon it; then used it to animate Kong to the level of facial muscles - expressions. Interesting stuff.

In the end though with a known storyline, this is King Kong, older viewers would probably see the film to see how Jackson would re-interpret it. Probably, on another level see if he was going to muck it up. Thankfully, in this case (save for the extended intro and lark in the park scene) he did not and came up with an entertaining film. Its not The Fellowship of the Ring it is King Kong.

King Kong (2005)
Directed by Peter Jackson. Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson. Story by Merian C Cooper and Edgar Wallace. Cast: Andy Serkis, Naomi Watts, Adrian Brody, Jack Black, Colin Hanks, Jamie Bell et al.


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