King Kong (2005) - The Remake that Did the Original Justice
Jun 13, 2008
This remake of one of the most cherished films of all time wins an award for something, a minor one, but still an award and that is that it's probably the best remake of all time. Not much considering its competition, but still it's something. King Kong (2005) is certainly worth a look, but I must say some critical response to the running time of over three hours considering it could easily be two hours and still give the same level of emotion, but in the end the film manages to entertain for most of its long running time, as did Peter Jackson's previous films: the big screen adaptations of Tolkien's epic Lord of the Rings.
The plot should be familiar with most movie goers. Director finds map to island, gets a film crew and a young actress and goes to shoot a film. A hostile native tribe captures the young actress and offers her to their center of worship: a giant gorilla they have titled "Kong". The crew of the ship lands and proceeds - with state of the art weapons for the 1930s - past the gates and into the jungles of Skull Island. There prehistoric creatures aren't quite extinct and they end up in a fight for their live, while the director's schemes end up with the capture of the newly pronounced "King" Kong and ship him to New York where - as expected - more mayhem ensues.
The special effects are well done and can live up to expectations, especially the ones for Kong - not so much the dinos considering the much better dinosaurs we were shown over ten years ago in Jurassic Park. Regardless this new adaptation of a classic tale of Beauty and the Beast has a level of emotion the classic 1930s version lacked, and that is certainly worth an acknowledgement on it's on. In this film you can really care about Kong as more then a monster, but as an intelligent creature that just wants to be left alone.
The cast was selected well, me being most surprised by how well Jack Black pulled off a dramatic role because I was expecting cheesy comic relief from him throughout the film. This film is touching and incredibly visual, but it has several weaknesses. There are too many characters that they try to build up only to be killed early in the script and that wastes time (but a few extras, two in particular are well worth it). Also Peter Jackson suffers from a similar flaw he had in The Lord of the Rings films. His action sequences are just too long, just like how he'd have a two page battle from Tolkien's book and have it go on for an well over thirty minutes or add ones that weren't in the books. Americans like action, but when they drag to movie on to this point they seriously will have people checking their watches wondering how much longer this monkey will be smashing things up.
A good film that I thoroughly enjoyed and most people will, but I can't guarantee that it can hold up to repeat viewings the way The Lord of the Rings films can.
(PS: If you like the theatrical cut I highly recommend the Extended Edition. That is if you're willing to put in the time for it .)
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