6 November 2017

King Kong

King Kong 2005
  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Based on the book: no
  • Cast: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Jamie Bell, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Andy Serkis, Evan Parke
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Naomi Watts – The Impossible, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, 21 Grams, Ned Kelly
    • Jack Black – Be Kind Rewind, Margot at the Wedding, The Holiday, School of Rock, High Fidelity, Cradle Will Rock, Mars Attacks, Dead Man Walking, The X Files
    • Adrien Brody – Cadillac Records, Darjeeling Limited, The Pianist, Bread and Roses, Liberty Heights, The Thin Red Line
    • Jamie Bell – Filth, Snowpiercer, Jane Eyre, The Eagle, Defiance, Jumper, Hallam Foe, Dear Wendy, Undertow, Billy Elliot
    • Thomas Kretschmann – Wanted, Young Victoria, Valkyria, The Pianist, Queen Margot
    • Colin Hanks – Madmen, Roswell
    • Andy Serkis – Star Wars the Force Awakens, The Hobbit, Brighton Rock, Lord of the Rings, Topsy-Turvy, Career Girls, The Prince of Jylland
    • Evan Parke – The Cider House Rules
  • Why? Enjoyed it the first time. Good cast
  • Seen: Once before. Now 28 October 2017      

       It’s time to set the clocks back for winter time which means we need to stay awake an extra hour. Not an easy task for us early birds. This three-hour movie, will it do the job?
       It opens with vivid images of hard times during the Depression in New York. Annie (Watts), an aspiring actor, loses her job when the vaudeville show she is starring in closes. Slick talking Carl (Black) can’t get financing for his film about an exotic hitherto unknown island and his star has pulled out.
       Their paths cross and off they go. With the cops at their heels Carl’s illegally obtained ship sets sail with the reluctant theatre-loving scriptwriter Jack (Brody) trapped on board.
       The script develops, the film-making progresses, love blossoms between Annie and Jack.
       And then… an island, a mysterious monster. This is King Kong, after all.
       I remember liking the original quite a lot. This is a good modernisation. The cast is good, the attention to detail is loving and meticulous.
       It’s an old-fashioned adventure story but Jimmy (Bell) says, ‘It’s not an adventure story, is it?’ and in fact it has a nice touch of existential spooky philosophy.
       But mostly it’s just exciting. Not exciting enough to keep me awake the entire time but almost.

4 * of 5   

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