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King Kong back to product details

Much love for the old school; much hate for the Tony Scott
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written by toddandsteph November 13, 2006 - 6:06 PM PST
King Kong (1933): Unlike the last film reviewed, this classic did not let me down in the slightest. The plot is completely straightforward and shows many signs of its studio-works writing, but the things in the story are really what deserve notice. Any one of us will appreciate when Kong shakes many a sailor off of a tree trunk over a cliff, leading many of them to fall to a horrible (and detailed) demise. We also have to love the fight between Kong and the T-Rex, which is much cooler anyday than the CGI Peter Jackson version (although Jackson's film is great in its own ways). I have to say though, out of the two iterations of this story I've seen (this and Jackson), this is easily the better. We don't waste time here trying to sympathize Kong or to create a decent romance. We came for the spectacle, and that's exactly what we get. However, near the end, when Kong's on top of the Empire State, you do end up feeling a bit sorry for him, and that prevailing emotion is much more powerful than the stuff wrung out of us in Jackson's version. By not letting in human emotion to connect us to Kong, we have to sympathize with the damn beast himself! And don't let anybody tell you different. The effects ARE THE REASON TO SEE THIS MOVIE. Why oh why can't they do this kind of effect anymore? I'd take a stop-motion Kong before a CG one anyday of the damn year. Why? Well, because in its falseness, it looks more real. I don't sit there and go, "wow, they simulated that hair really well." I just watch the Kong scenes and go, "wow, even though I know that's a puppet, I can't believe they did that with a real model!" It just speaks volumes about how lazy our filmmaking has become. Why stage a huge crane shot like at the beginning of Touch of Evil when you can fabricate the damn the thing on your Avid? Blech. Anyway, if you haven't seen this, you're doing a serious disservice to yourself. I never had much interest in seeing it either, but I'm for sure damn glad I did. **** out've *****

-Todd

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