Posted on 12/16/05 03:06 PM
I have just got back from seeing King Kong, and I am officially in love with a 24-foot CGI ape. This movie in short is amazing. Jackson's Kong set in 1930s depression era New York, is about an arrogant filmmaker named Carl Denham. Carl sails to the remote Skull Island with his new leading lady, Ann Darrow, and crew, including screenwriter Jack Driscoll. But upon their arrival, native warriors kidnap Ann in order to sacrifice her to the great ape King Kong. Surprisingly, instead of eating her, the beast saves her. Later, Kong is trapped and taken back to New York City, where Carl puts him in a Broadway show, to disastrous effect. Soon, the huge animal is running amok in the city, looking for Ann. Kong has all the the things required in a great film Its funny when it wants to be, exhilarating when it needs to be, and a sentimental triumph at the end. Though some of the action sequences, and the expanded ensemble of monsters are a bit overreaching at times this film still makes for a great ride. King Kong is also one of the most visually stunning films I've ever seen. I'm not a huge fan of a lot of CGI effects. I think that putting tons of CGI shots in a movie is distracting and prevents a movie from becoming timeless because the effects turn cartoonie after several years. I will admit I was a little worried when I saw the frist trailer for the film, but whatever doubts I had were blown away today. Like I said earlier some of the other creatures were a bit overreaching, but Kong himself was brilliant. I really felt like I was watching a 50-foot gorrilla romping through New York. I strongly recomend that everyone go and see this film in theaters. Don't wait until it comes to video because the small screen will not do it justice. I give this movie an A+.