(King Kong was provided to me free of charge by Special Ops Media for the purpose of review.)
The kids and I just watched King Kong tonight. Whew! Long movie and kept you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Personally, I think some of the longer chase and action scenes could’ve been cut down and about an hour of the movie could’ve been cut out without losing anything. But the special effects were absolutely incredible, and my boys loved those scenes the most, so it was probably just me.
The actors were all incredible, especially Adrien Brody. I’ve thought he was fascinating every since he planted that smacker on Halle Berry at the Oscars. Then I watched The Village and was amazed at his talent. He gave the best performance of the movie, in my opinion.
I was also pleasantly surprised by Jack Black. I had a hard time believing he could play anything other than a sarcastic slacker like in School of Rock but he was very believable as a glory-mad movie director willing to place his crew and companions in danger to get one more reel of footage.
I’m sure most of you know the story of King Kong and it delivered in the emotional area as well. Natalie and I were both wiping away tears at the end.
I will say that I was surprised by how violent and graphic some of the scenes were for a PG-13. I let the kids watch it on the recommendation of my parents, but I think they must have forgotten some of the scarier scenes. Natalie watched several parts with her hands covering her eyes and me describing what happened so that she didn’t have to watch. It wasn’t enough to make her not want to finish it, though.
The DVD is a 2-disc edition and the special features include an introduction by director Peter Jackson, post-production diaries of the cast and crew, and in-depth looks at the two main settings: Skull Island and New York City in 1933. I’m looking forward to watching those tomorrow.