Hogan's Alley

Friday, December 16, 2005

King Kong

Before emerging to an ice-coated world and creeping home in second gear most of the way, I went to see King Kong tonight. What a totally engaging and brilliant film it is. The effects are extraordinary. Kong and the various prehistoric beasties on Skull Island were one thing, but the images of New York in the Thirties just made my jaw drop.

Yes the story still has some silliness in it and this version's Ann Darrow, Naomi Watts, does seem to care for Kong just a bit too much, but this film is full of a feeling of real dread and horror that the prior two versions just couldn't pull off with their primitive special effects and inferior scripts.

It's a must see.