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King Kong

December 19, 2005

So, I went to see King Kong last night, and I rather enjoyed it. Sure, it's a long old bugger clocking in at about three hours, but the film is well enough paced that it seems more like two. Well, okay, Peter Jackson could have trimmed a bit of fat off in the first hour or so, before the voyage to Skull Island begins, but that's about it. I certainly don't have the same sort of problem with the length that this guy has.

The island itself is where all the fun is, with the pick of the scenes having to be the big pagga between Kong and some T-Rexes. Andy Serkis' gorilla moves are convincing and as Lumpy the cook he also gets one of the grimmest deaths I've ever seen on film (incidentally I used to go out with a girl from Preston who looked a bit like the thing that kills him).

Nitpicking:

  • The brontosauri looked like they were made of play-do and even in a film featuring a 25-foot ape I found it difficult to suspend disbelief during the stampede scene
  • Naomi Watt's completely unconvincing CGI juggling. I mean, come on, just send her so some trustafarian-infested circus school twat farm in Cornwall for a few weeks or something. Sheesh.
  • That's got to be some thick-arsed ice on that pond there.

But still, most enjoyable few hours, but make sure that you go early enough to catch last orders when you get out.

Warning: this movie contains moderate scenes of giant monkey parkour.

Posted by Jonah at December 19, 2005 1:52 PM