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A monster of a movie!,
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This review is from: King Kong [Blu-ray][Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Sometimes you are forced to re-evaluate a movie upon second viewing, films that at first you didn't really like and for me Peter Jackson's epic King Kong is one such movie.
I can usually make my mind up about whether I like a film or not upon first viewing, but occasionally one comes along that I'm not quite sure of. I was particularly scathing towards the film due to several contributing factors. One being the fact that it was so long! The film takes an absolute age to get going (something you don't have the patience for when you have a numb backside and no leg room in a cinema!) also I was dealing with the pessimism in my head that it was just another CGI-filled remake of an all-time classic!
However on DVD and Blu-Ray you are given the opportunity to watch a film on your own terms, plus the addition of extra scenes is always intriguing as you are seeing the film how the director intended you to see it (I can't imagine ever watching the Lord of The Ring's trilogy without all that additional footage!).
The classic endearing story of King Kong is just as engaging here as ever and the film is visually stunning, as good as anything in Jackson's Lord of The Rings trilogy. Kong himself is brilliantly realised with another outstanding CGI character performance by Andy 'Gollum' Serkis. Here on Blu-Ray you can appreciate just how impressive the special effects really are. There are also far more creatures and monsters in this film than you first realise, particularly with the additional scenes, making it one big monster movie!
The set-pieces are thrilling from frantic dinosaur stampedes, the terrifying encounter with the natives of Skull Island, a nightmarish giant insect attack, a massive T-Rex smackdown and of course the iconic emotionally charged finale atop the Empire State Building.
The cast however is mixed, Jack Black is terribly miscast, he's perfect for the more light-hearted comedic scenes but when the film turns serious with a darker tone he's out of his depth! Even the reliable Adrien Brody seems wrong for the part somehow! However Naomi Watts' performance is superb and manages to convey a wide range of emotion from fear to genuine affection towards Kong.
It's not a perfect film, it isn't without its flaws, there are a few inconsistencies and plot holes here and there but Jackson manages to strike a balance between being a faithful homage to being a new, updated and expanded version whilst always conveying a deep admiration and respect for the story that influenced him so much.