Long movies bother me. If youve been following my blog, youll recall that I once expressed my desire to avoid watching Peter Jacksons two-year-long King Kong.
Well, I recently had two free movie passes and an afternoon to kill. Nothing else at the box office appealed to me. So what the heck, right?
A three-hour-long movie can only be worth watching if, at the end, it doesnt seem as though youve actually been sitting for three hours. Such movies, for me, include Scarface, Schindlers List and Titanic.
I can now proudly add King Kong to my list. Folks, when the closing credits began rolling, I really wouldnt have guessed that I had just sat through such a long movie. Well, OK, my legs were tingling a bit, but my mind wasnt weary at all.
What initially drew me to this movie was Jack Black, and he doesnt disappoint here. He plays his dubious role very convincingly, so much so that you have to wonder if he truly is a weasel in real life.
And Naomi Watts. Shes stunningly beautiful here. Its no wonder King Kong couldnt resist her charms. She lights up the screen every bit as much as she lights up his giant eyes.
And what about King Kong himself? Well, hes magnificent. He pulls every single one of the viewers heartstrings and allows the viewer to see the world from a completely different perspective. The viewer can walk away from the film and wonder if there are any underlying messages to be found in King Kongs troubling story.
Another great thing about this flick is that the viewer seems to get two movies for the price of one. One movie concerns King Kong and the tragedies that arise from his capture. Another movie within King Kong involves a magical, but terrifying world of true-to-life dinosaurs and enormous prehistoric insectsthink Jurassic Park Lite.
Of course, eye-catching scenery abounds, and the grit of the 1930s is realistically portrayed here. Gloomy weather, Depression-era starvation, and muted colors transport the viewer to another time and mindset.
As only the best movies do, King Kong leaves the viewer mulling over a fundamental question. Heres the question youll ask yourself after seeing this particular film: Did beauty kill the beast, or did man kill him? Although this quandary is addressed in the movie itself, the viewer is invited to make his or her own judgment.
Heres the inevitable bottom line: Watch the movie. Three hours or not, its one of the best out there right now.
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