Peter Jackson's King Kong is a worthy
successor to the original King Kong.
The original King Kong is considered
a classic. It inspired generations of film
makers and paved the way for a new genre of movie which
imitations in film and other entertainment media.
Consider all of the King Kong
riffs that you've seen in tv, comics, novels, etc.
Yeah, the original King Kong is the
Peter Jackson's King Kong is going to
be dismissed by some pureists who
won't consider anything but the original King Kong
to be the best. For many
film buffs,the original King Kong is THE
movie that made them love film.
The original King Kong touched
them in a way that no other film ever did before
and when they watch it they recapture that feeling. They're
taken back to a time
and a place that was special. No matter how good Peter Jackson's
is, it won't be able to rekindle those feelings and will
therefore fall short. Heck,
I'd feel the same way about any Rocky movie that wasn't
made by Sly Stallone.
Ok, so how good is Peter Jackson's take
on the big ape?
That I can answer. It's absolutely great.
Easily one of my two favorite movies
of the year.
First of all, my hat is off to Peter Jackson.
King Kong has been the film that he's
wanted to tackle since before he became a filmmaker. Everything
that he'd done
before Kong was just to prepare him for Kong.
Everything about the movie is near
perfect. Loved the cast. The special effects
were flawless. The music and editing
were as well. The screenplay, while
based on the original King Kong screenplay, kicked up
the action and took me
to a place that was familiar but much, much more dangerous.
All aspects of the production combined to create a movie-going
experience that was truly an
Before I go on, let me say that if you haven't
seen the movie, you may want to
stop reading since I'm going to discuss aspects that contain
... Still here... ok then...
Some folks have complained that the first
hour is too slow. I went in thinking
that this might be the case, but for me, it wasn't. I enjoyed
I loved the look of the island.
The natives were realistic and frightening.
Come to think of it, even the island looked frightening!
And you've gotta love
the way the native got onto the ship!
And then the appearance of Kong.
Man, he looks so real. And I'm not just talking
about his physical appearance. He moves like a giant
ape should [note I said
should, not does]. His fur gets matted and stuff gets in it.
I think it's cool that Kong's scarred and
older looking. He's a warrior on an
island that demands you fight to survive. His battle with
not one, but three
tyranesarous rex [at the same time] was nothing short of
amazing. All the while
he's fighting them, he's protecting Ann... even as he throws
dodges and falls. He's not called "King" Kong
But there's more to King Kong than just
the baddest mo on the island. Kong is
the last of his kind and his loneliness is apparent.
I also love it that Kong is
intelligent. He has a sense of humor and enjoys
the beauty of a sunrise. If you
haven't seen the movie, then my last sentence probably has you
head. If you've seen the movie then you know it will break
your heart before the
I love the search for Ann in New York...
the frantic, wild search for just the right
women and then how everything slows down and nothing else
in the world
matters once you find her. The escape with Ann is exciting
and then the
interlude on the ice. Beautiful. Unexpected and
so sweet. It was at this point that
I could feel the tears forming. Because the interlude wouldn't
Kong's climb up the Empire State building
still had one more surprise. If you
saw the movie, you know what I mean. Kong places Ann
in a place of safety and
sits next to her. He looks out at the horizon and sees a sunrise
and "tells" Ann it's beautiful. Now the
tears were flowing...
... because here came the planes. And you know
So is Peter Jackson's King Kong better
than the original King Kong?
Who's to say? Comparing the original King
Kong to Peter Jackson's King Kong
is like comparing an athlete from 1933 to one from today.
Odds are that today's
athlete is bigger and faster but does that make him
better? Does it really matter?
I guess that's why sports leagues create
their own Halls of Fame. Different
athletes from different time periods can be honored
and there is room for all who deserve a spot.
Peter Jackson's King Kong deserves a
spot next to the original King Kong.
Let others then argue which Kong is King.
As for me, I'll spend my time watching them