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RINGLEADER
12-08-2005, 12:15 PM
At the Gibson Amphitheater at Universal Studios...After a bit of angst over ending up in seats that were far to one side my buddy and I managed to roll our way up into the balcony and got a first-row center seat so the view was great.

I'm not going to give any plot points away, I'll speak in generalities, but if you don't want to know anything about the movie best turn away at this point...









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King Kong is a good movie...I'd rank it a "B". It would be much better if Peter Jackson had only pared away 20-30 minutes of the set-up (it's more than an hour before the boat hits Skull Island) and not gone quite so wild on the action sequences. All of them go on way too long and in some cases begin to touch on the Lucas-prequel comic book level. The Bronto stampede (especially the end of the stampede) from the trailer and the spider-pit sequences are the best of them IMO but even they drag a bit.

For me things kind of unravel when Kong gets back to New York...there is an extended sequence that takes place between Kong and Ann Darrow that just puts the breaks on the movie and didn't illicit any of the emotions I know the filmmakers were going for. When you see the movie you'll know the sequence because it just comes out of left field and puts the breaks on any peril or sympathy you have for Kong up to that moment. At least that's the way the people I was with felt.

Jack Black and Naomi Watts are superb...as are the rest of the actors (although there is one line that Jack Black plays so wrong it was almost painful to watch). Visually, it's spectacular - especially the way Jackson managed to recreate Manhattan circa 1932.

All in all a fun flick, about an hour too long for the story they were telling and although there are some nit-picky things I'd recommend it. It's not going to do a lot of repeat business and I'd be surprised if it got it's $250 million budget back from domestic...but they're gonna sell a zillion DVDs.

siberian khatru
12-08-2005, 12:18 PM
THE APE DIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dirk digler
12-08-2005, 12:20 PM
Thanks Ringleader. I am anxious to see this movie.

Rain Man
12-08-2005, 12:20 PM
You were at the premiere? Did you get King Kong's autograph?

dirk digler
12-08-2005, 12:21 PM
THE APE DIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks Siberian you ruined it for me... :banghead:

I thought him and the woman had ape babies and lived happily ever after.

:harumph:

Reaper16
12-08-2005, 12:27 PM
http://www.penny-arcade.com/images/2005/20051205l.jpg

Amnorix
12-08-2005, 12:34 PM
RL: Thanks for the summary. 3 hours seemed long to me, and you confirmed it, but I'm still going. Very eager to see it.

Reaper: ROFL

chagrin
12-08-2005, 12:38 PM
Wow, I was worried there for a minute, I praying that they didn't install a new Kong bangs Blonde scene, you know - in the interest of being "provacative" and being "new age"

Amnorix
12-08-2005, 12:47 PM
Wow, I was worried there for a minute, I praying that they didn't install a new Kong bangs Blonde scene, you know - in the interest of being "provacative" and being "new age"

Wrong movie. That's "King Dong", coming to a porn shop near you soon!

Reaper16
12-08-2005, 03:45 PM
Wrong movie. That's "King Dong", coming to a porn shop near you soon!
I fully expect this to release within three months.

PunkinDrublic
12-08-2005, 03:51 PM
Call me a film snob but I'm not blowing 8 bucks to see a remake. My rule of thumb is I don't watch movies that are remakes, have a rapper in the starring role or has a pro or ex wrestler in the starring role.

Not big requests.

Deberg_1990
12-08-2005, 04:02 PM
It would be much better if Peter Jackson had only pared away 20-30 minutes of the set-up

Exactly my whole problem with this film. There is NO REASON this film, with its pulpy subject matter needs to be 3 hours long. Its as if Jackson felt he had to justify the 200 million + budget with extending the running time. Ill admit, i was never really a huge fan of his LoTR trilogy but i respected the films. He just goes overboard with too much CGI at times. I miss the old Dead Alive, Frighteners Peter Jackson before his ego got too big.

jynni
12-08-2005, 04:33 PM
I'm in the "just don't get it crowd" - I think this movie looks horrible.

There's no way in hell I'd pay $8.50 to sit there for three hours and be manipulated into feeling sorry for a giant ape.

Baby Lee
12-08-2005, 04:38 PM
Call me a film snob but I'm not blowing 8 bucks to see a remake. My rule of thumb is I don't watch movies that are remakes, have a rapper in the starring role or has a pro or ex wrestler in the starring role.

Not big requests.
I assume you skipped Star Wars ANH, as it was a remake of The Hidden Fortress.

dirk digler
12-08-2005, 04:40 PM
Exactly my whole problem with this film. There is NO REASON this film, with its pulpy subject matter needs to be 3 hours long. Its as if Jackson felt he had to justify the 200 million + budget with extending the running time. Ill admit, i was never really a huge fan of his LoTR trilogy but i respected the films. He just goes overboard with too much CGI at times. I miss the old Dead Alive, Frighteners Peter Jackson before his ego got too big.

Damn dude, do you like anything?

JBucc
12-08-2005, 04:41 PM
The original is on TCM tonight I think. I used to watch King Kong movies when I was a kid. This one I'm skeptical about though.

Baby Lee
12-08-2005, 04:42 PM
I'm as amped about this as anything since Kill Bill II, eclipsing SW:RotS.

Deberg_1990
12-08-2005, 04:42 PM
Damn dude, do you like anything?

I just told you what i liked. The Dead Alive, Frighteners Peter Jackson.

Demonpenz
12-08-2005, 06:34 PM
Fugging glass should have signed jackson to a smaller deal

nychief
12-08-2005, 06:47 PM
I was at the press preview in new york last week and really enjoyed it.

PunkinDrublic
12-08-2005, 06:54 PM
I assume you skipped Star Wars ANH, as it was a remake of The Hidden Fortress.

If you're talking about the recent star wars then yeah I've skipped them all because I've pretty much outgrown sci fi.

BigOlChiefsfan
12-08-2005, 08:28 PM
There's no way in hell I'd pay $8.50 to sit there for three hours and be manipulated into feeling sorry for a giant ape.


Then I'd stay out of the Denise threads in the DC forum.

ENDelt260
12-08-2005, 08:37 PM
Call me a film snob but I'm not blowing 8 bucks to see a remake. My rule of thumb is I don't watch movies that are remakes, have a rapper in the starring role or has a pro or ex wrestler in the starring role.

Not big requests.
No Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for you, then?

Reaper16
12-08-2005, 08:41 PM
No Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for you, then?
Mos Def > other rappers, by a wide margin

ENDelt260
12-08-2005, 08:42 PM
Change 'other' to 'most' and i've got no problem agreeing with you.

I'm not going so far as to say there's no one else on his level.

AZORChiefFan
12-08-2005, 09:40 PM
I for one am looking forward to this 'remake'. The original as good as it may be I could always tell it was a stop motion ape. Which made it hard for me to accept as 'real'. Well the 70's version was just cheesy. Hence my reason for wanting to see Jacksons version.

Reaper16
12-08-2005, 09:50 PM
Change 'other' to 'most' and i've got no problem agreeing with you.

I'm not going so far as to say there's no one else on his level.
Yeah, I should have added the terms most and current. Nas, for example, is better. But there aren't many currently putting new material out that are as fresh or relevant as Mighty Mos.

Sure-Oz
12-15-2005, 02:34 AM
saw it earlier tonight, great flick, poor kong :*( i almost got choked up, even tho i knew what would happen.

KC Jones
12-15-2005, 06:31 AM
Call me a film snob but I'm not blowing 8 bucks to see a remake. My rule of thumb is I don't watch movies that are remakes, have a rapper in the starring role or has a pro or ex wrestler in the starring role.

Not big requests.

Ever see Will Smith in Six Degrees of Separation?