King Kong Reviews
A couple of ridiculously over the top jungle action sequences with dinosaurs sadly take you out of the picture for a while and it's probably 20-30 minutes too long.
Still, a good movie very well made.
Of course, over 70 years after the original was released, it is worth mentioning the advancement of technology since then. The visual effects of "King Kong" are top notch. Everything looks great: Kong, the landscapes of Skull Island, and even dinosaurs that would make "Jurassic Park" jealous.
The cast of "King Kong" is likewise fantastic, resulting in some very interesting characters. Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow and Adrien Brody as Jack Driscoll are both excellent leads, though I don't entirely buy their whirlwind romance. Also, it's refreshing to see Jack Black in a role where he isn't making fart jokes. But seriously, he does deliver a good performance as the sly, deceitful Carl Denham. And of course, I have to mention the excellent motion capture work done by Andy Serkis, which brought Kong to life.
This film suffers mostly from its slow pace. For example, it is 70 minutes into the film before Kong makes his first appearance. While the slow pace allows for plenty of character development, it makes certain parts of the film drag on.
Peter Jackson's overlong remake of this Hollywood classic is certainly a beautiful work of art, but it is a loooong 3 hours to sit through. That said, it is well worth it because this "King Kong" pays great homage to the original.
Despite brilliant production design & set pieces, the CGI (despite the technological advances) doesn't have the same "it looks like it's really there" wow factor that 'Jurassic Park' had 12 years prior. Acting-wise it's surprisingly only Jack Black who stands out for his performance as the foolhardy filmmaker.
Despite making Kong's behaviour believable to a novice viewer, Jackson as ever drags the ending out a bit too long atop the Empire State, subjecting us to a number of close-up shots of the CGI gorilla looking dramatic (as if aiming for an Oscar nod for best actor).
If you can bear sitting still for three hours then this film is definitely worth watching for the elements that work, but ultimately it fails to match up to 'Lord Of The Rings'.