One of my favorite leisure-time activites is going to the movies, and this weekend I was lucky enough to have the time to spend some time at the theater. Well, sort of lucky.
I saw King Kong (the 2005 version). Amidst all the hype about the special effects, etc., I have to say that even the most amazing, mind-blowing special effects of all time couldn't have saved this movie. First of all, 3 hours is WAY too long for a movie - "Titantic" taught us that the first time. I don't care how great the effects, or how epic the story, it is impossible to even keep me (an avid movie fan) entertained for that long. 1 hour into the movie and we STILL hadn't even met the gorilla. Secondly, (another striking similarity to Titanic), the sparseness of dialog doesn't give the movie the ability to sustain an audience for 3 hours. In "Titanic", the script had "Jack!" "Rose!" about 5 millions times - enthralling, really. "King Kong" however had endless scenes of the gorilla staring at the (annoyingly) weepy-eyed Anne Darrow, back and forth in camera angles atleast 5 million times as well. After a while, I was thinking, "right, I get the point, they have a deep connection - can we get on with it?"
I went and saw this movie with 3 guys (the reason I didn't get to see "Memoirs of a Geisha" - my first choice), 2 of whom enjoyed it immensely, while 1 apparently suffers from A.D.D. as bad as I do.
I like cute, over-sized monkeys, really - I just found this movie lacking in any real guts.
Oh, and another thing- how annoying was Jack Black's character?