Of titanic proportions
Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Adrien Brody, Naomi Watts and Jack Black
Storyline: A ship lands on an isolated island where Kong, a gigantic ape lives. He falls in love with a Ann Darrow.
Bottomline: The director pays tribute to the original and the classics.
Peter Jackson sure has the heart of a child. A very mischievous one at that. The way he unleashes the entire cast (including extras) of creatures from "Jurassic Park," many others from "The Lord of the Rings" and assorted creepy crawlies on a munch-fest apart from letting the big ape wreak havoc in New York, you can spot the unmistakable destructive streak of an imaginative child in him.
The scene where the hairy hero rips apart T-Rex's mouth with his bare hands and later toys around with the broken jaw with much delight is ample testimony.
Every pixel-generated and frame shot is polished with passion of that excited child trapped inside a filmmaker. A director totally adored by a generation that surrenders itself to his seamless potion of technology and cinema and his glorious techniques of telling simple larger-than-life good versus evil narrative.
Seizing the opportunity, Jackson relishes the chance to remake the 1933 monster classic into THE ultimate monster movie, executing his unfulfilled fantasies making the big ape fight all the creatures he could possibly pack in 187 minutes.
It's like he made this exhaustive check-list of mean monsters and creepy creatures that Kong can fight WWF style, lined up one after the other.
Jackson makes you wait for Kong and it is worth it.
His ape makes an appearance in the 70th minute.
Till then, he almost makes you believe that it is all about a filmmaker out to make his movie against the biggest odds (Jack Black makes Carl Denham likeable) as his screenwriter Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) falls for Ann Darrow, the blonde actress (Naomi Watts), a product of last minute casting after just about everything goes wrong with the wild project.
The cast and crew are on a ship that's headed towards a fateful destination, an island untouched by modern day civilization, the land where Kong shares his territory with creatures that you thought existed only in history textbooks and Spielberg films.
The first hour seems to have been written to take King Kong beyond the monster movie genre, probably to stake claim to Oscars as a modern day monster classic with romance of 'Titanic' proportions.
This is also the only time the movie is light-hearted. Naomi Watts fits in perfectly as the actress who has very little to do apart from look pretty, run around trees screaming hard as monsters chase to eat her, entertain Kong with juggling and look moony-eyed into the beauty-struck beast's eyes.
Adrien Brody is a neat foil in a role that ultimately waters down to nothing. Kong himself looks so much alive, thanks to Andy Serkins.
While the effects blow your mind away, the lines warm your heart with classic Peter Jackson feel-good: "There is a lot of mystery left in the world, waiting to be discovered, all for the price of an entry ticket" and "Defeat is always momentary."
But for the overdone bonding between the girl and the ape, the movie is an overdose of adrenaline, a rocker of a roller-coaster cruising to heaven, hell and back, as Jackson pays tribute to the classics, old and new, including the "Jurassic Park," "Titanic," "Mackennas Gold," among other versions and the original.
With this masterpiece, he has proved that when it comes to spectacle cinema, Peter Jackson is truly the Lord of the ring.
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