Film Review: King Kong

by Nate Taylor

The Rumsfeld says:
"I'm not worthy!"
What can be said about this movie that hasn't already been said about "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy? "It's visually stunning!" "A masterpiece!" "Emotionally powerful, and an edge-of-the-seat thrill ride!" All of these things are true. The special effects are staggering, the suspense is heart-pounding, and the action is non-stop (once it gets going). On that last bit, the film does spend about an hour just getting you on the way to the island. However, this is not a bad thing in my opinion. Too often, characterization is swept aside to make way for the special effects and scary monsters, but in "King Kong," it's celebrated for nearly half of the movie.

In spite of this, there were many bits of character intrigue that were never more than simply mentioned. Also, the romance between Ann and Jack was handled like a FedEx package going cross-country, whereas the romance between Ann and Kong was done masterfully; certainly better than any of Lucas' club-footed attempts at love on the big screen. But that's comparing tic-tacs to truffles, and I digress.

Simply put, "King Kong" is the most entertaining movie I've seen this year, and it deserves to be seen in the theatre. I don't care what your budget is, do not let this be a movie that you wait until video for, because it's not a movie, it's an event.

So here are my ratings:
Repeat viewings: It's a bit long to watch back-to-back, but repeat viewings are pretty much inevitable.
Bring a date: I brought one, and she loved it!