Friday, December 16, 2005

Movie Reviews: King Kong

Director Jackson never met a touching-moment he didn't like enough to overdo, and apparently it shows...and show's and show's in the third incarnation of the story of the giant ape with a thang for blondes. The movies ultimate success depends upon the fan-boy reaction, and whether or not they'll buy into the mushyness, and so far the boys are saying it's a so-so affair. Always a dead giveaway when the "respected" critics like such a movie, means they've found something artsy-schmartzy about it but that's not what puts fannies in the seats. Not for a Kong flick.

Jack Black and Adran Brody were horribly miscast as the leading non-ape men, Naomi Watts can't act, so it's up to the special effects mavens but what Jackson movie isn't? Have a look-see at what the critics are saying, bearing in mind that Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 90% fresh rating last night and it's something along the lines of 83% this evening.

"Kong is not without its serious flaws, but sometimes you just have to throw your hands up in the air, wave them like you just don't care, scream at the top of your lungs and just go with the rollercoaster ride, that's what this film is."-- Michelle Alexandria, ECLIPSE MAGAZINE

"At three hours, seven minutes and jam-packed with larger-than-life action sequences -- this film is as big as Kong himself. You'll get your money's worth."-- Ross Anthony, HOLLYWOOD REPORT CARD

"Remakes simply don't get any more respectful -- or more inspired -- than this."-- William Arnold, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER

"Made with consummate imagination and skill, but still largely superfluous."-- Josh Bell, LAS VEGAS WEEKLY

"Director Peter Jackson is the reigning king of the epic spectacular with his brand of Kong. This is what they try to say when you hear, "An experience awaits you at the movies," folks."-- Emily Blunt, BLUNT REVIEW

"A sensational performance by Naomi Watts as the beauty who makes even a truly fierce beast beautiful just by loving him."-- Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, SPIRITUALITY AND HEALTH

"Peter Jackson's King Kong is all things cinema, in the hands of a clever but overindulged filmmaker."-- Peter Canavese, GROUCHO REVIEWS

"This is what it means to go to the theater and watch a big movie made with love, care, and intelligence."-- Jeffrey Chen, WINDOW TO THE MOVIES

"["King Kong"] could have been shorter, especially in the first third, but this is a minor nitpick of a film that is tremendously entertaining and wonderfully crafted."-- Robin Clifford, REELING REVIEWS

"Kong's eye-popping array of cinematic tricks reflects the filmmaking philosophy of a director for whom anything worth doing is worth overdoing, then doing to death. "-- Carol Cling, LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

"A stout, muscly heart of a movie whose rhythmic, colossal beats are echoed by murmurs of plangent nostalgia, both for the original movie and, in an odd way, for itself."-- Nick Davis, NICK'S FLICK PICKS

"Those who enjoy Jackson's previous films will probably forgive the movie's pacing and storytelling problems once the action kicks into high gear"-- Edward Douglas, COMINGSOON.NET

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