Boring Long King Kong
I haven't said this of a hollywood blockbuster for a long time.
I mean most blockbusters can be stupid, they can be cheesy, they can be not up to standard, but they usually don't bore you.
I think the main problem with King Kong is that it is OVER 3 hours long! They should have called it "The King Kong Trilogy, One for all and All for one."
The movie didn't really know what it wanted to be. A study into the evils of man? A love story between a man and a woman? (that obviously didn't play out well so no "Titanic-like" possibilities at the box office there) A love story between a 25 foot gorilla and a fair Australian Nicole Kidman looking blonde? Last I knew bestiality was still taboo. An action movie? Not possible with all the long drawn soppy and sappy silent scenes.
Another problem is that the star of the movie doesn't talk! And in scenes involving the star male (King Kong) and female leads, they don't talk either. I never expected I'd be watching a silent movie!
I suspect most people would watch King Kong for 2 reasons.
One, it is directed by Peter Jackson. Who can forget his LOTR trilogy? Simply fantastic and brilliant! This being his first movie after LOTR everyone would be curious to see what he has to offer.
Two, it's KING KONG, which is an interesting well known icon.
Unfortunately I think most viewers would be disappointed. The effects are top notch. However the movie is too long. Most of the draggy scenes involved King Kong and Naomi Watts communicating.
An example would go like this:
Anne Darrow (played by Naomi Watts) : Sad look, mouth agape, showing off buck teeth, tears running down her cheek ( all done really really slowly)
King Kong : fierce look, eyes widen, pupils dilate, nostrils flare, looks away, looks back at Anne Darrow (all done really really slowly)
Anne Darrow : her head tilts, a frown forms, she smiles slightly (all done really really slowly)
King Kong : reaches his hand out, opens his palm on the ground (done very slowly)
Anne Darrow : Looks stunned, frowns to look slightly confused but understands, sits down on King Kong's palm (done very slowly)
King Kong : looks at Anne Darrow, looks away, looks at her again, looks to the sky (done very slowly)
scene pans out, music plays....... (slowly)
Man.......and this happened about a DOZEN times throught the movie!
Rating : 2 stars out of 5