Peter Jackson King Kong Movie Review - Simply
December 17th 2005
once more brings a classic into modern mainstream movie theatres,
only this time in place of small hairy-footed creatures carrying
precious antique jewelry, we have one giant hairy ape carrying a
kicking and screaming Anne Darrow. However, unlike Jackson's
previous film success (mainly, the final installation to the Lord of
the Rings trilogy), the three hours of cinematic art passes by
seamlessly and pleasantly. So pleasantly, in fact, that I almost
felt as though the credits rolled a moment too soon.
brilliantly crafted remake of the 1933 King Kong, modern technology
and more patient audiences provide a valuable base for exploring
deeper emotions and finer details in the intense relationship
between Anne and Kong. Not only is the relation explored deeper,
but altered to make it more meaningful and realistic. Gone is the
constantly frightened Anne, and present is an Anne who, by the end
of the film, comes to understand her hairy love interest and,
perhaps, even love him in return.
execution of the film isn't the only aspect that makes this worth
your ten bucks. The acting made me take a step back and re-evaluate
my opinions on certain actors. First and foremost, who knew that
Jack Black could act? It's been difficult to separate any Jack
Black character from the hilarious lead in the band Tenacious D, but
here he takes a dramatic leap from the comic relief and becomes the
Carl Denham I had always hoped to see.
acting talent that emerged victoriously in this film is Colin Hanks,
the son of Tom Hanks, who had previously co-starred with Jack Black
in the low rated 2002 film, Orange County. Though only a supporting
role in King Kong, Colin proves that he has talent in his own right
and that he is more than just his famous last name.
From a subtle
glance to a frantic wave of his arms, Colin is convincing and
absolutely solid in his acting ability. This film is well worth the
cost of a movie ticket. Seldom is a remake worthy of even a C
rating, but this one surpasses even more original movies that have
been released this year. I give it a B+.
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