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post #1 of 28
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Has anyone else seen it? DH and I went with some friends on Friday. It was incredible. to Peter Jackson. Loved it, I even cried although I knew how it would end (having seen the earlier versions).
post #2 of 28
I want to see it!
post #3 of 28
my fiance took his dad to see it last night while i went with his mom shopping (i really didnt care for the first version i seen so i really didnt want to sit thru it) and they both loved the movie......
post #4 of 28
I'm not much of a movie person, but for some reason I want to see this movie!
post #5 of 28
I want to see this movie big time!
post #6 of 28
I must have a massive chip on my shoulder about kiwi movies or something but it looks so silly to me! I'm sure I'll get roped into it at some time though.
post #7 of 28
I have the original on DVD and I can't quite make up my mind about going to see this new version. I'm usually a bit suspicious of remakes, especially when I fear modern sfx are going to be the point. Then again, the reviews I've read seem to be pretty positive.
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by Ryn
I have the original on DVD and I can't quite make up my mind about going to see this new version. I'm usually a bit suspicious of remakes, especially when I fear modern sfx are going to be the point. Then again, the reviews I've read seem to be pretty positive.
The fx are pretty impressive, but the relationship between Ann and Kong is also well done. The acting in general is pretty good, and the focus is more on the relationships between the characters, IMO. The action sequences on the island are incredible, but not the heart of the movie.
post #9 of 28
I thought it was ok... some parts are kind of slow going, but the effects are good
post #10 of 28
If it was any other person who remade it, I wouldn't be terribly interested. Most Classics should stay the way we remember them. But Peter Jackson is a filmmaking genius, pure and simple, and he's a HUGE fan of the original. In fact, I've read that he's been practically obsessed with remaking it since he was a child. Since he's such a big fan, I know he will do justice to the original while adding in parts that couldn't have been done when it was originally made.

We haven't seen it yet...but we will. Maybe that will be our Christmas Day treat!
post #11 of 28
I liked it but thought it was drawn out. I have a hard time sitting through a long movie without getting bored. I am a HUGE fan of lord of the rings but started to appreciate good editing after Return of the King had an ending that was an hour long. I didn't realize how hard it is for directors to edit out their footage and love a movie for being 2 hours over being 3 hours.

I thought King Kong suffered a little from this as well. But overall pretty good. I never saw the original so the story was pretty new. I didn't even know there were dinosaurs so enjoyed the Jurassic Parkness of the movie.
post #12 of 28
My only question - is Hollywood completely out of ideas that do not involve remakes of old movies, or worse - old tv series?
post #13 of 28
My husband and I saw it Friday. I liked it!

Don't laugh but,~~ I CRYED!>>LOL
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by Deb25
My only question - is Hollywood completely out of ideas that do not involve remakes of old movies, or worse - old tv series?
YUP! Everything old is new again!
post #15 of 28
me and df saw it on saturday night. Df fell asleep! But he was tired, it wasn't the movie at all. I really enjoyed the movie and I'm NOT an action/adventure lover so I was really suprised. I think Naomi Watts was magnificent.
post #16 of 28
saw it last night..a tad long, but a really really good flick
post #17 of 28
Personally, I don't see how it could be so great; it seems a bit silly to me. Could somebody open my eyes a bit to how it's a good movie?? I may go and see it, I'm not sure yet....I'm just not into those kinda movies.
post #18 of 28
I was extremely tired when I went so I got restless - it was very long. But you gotta hand it to Peter Jackson - yet another cinematic masterpiece, it certainly was amazing. I enjoyed it, and I thought the relationships were beautiful.

I cried so much I was completely unable to speak afterwards and was doing the controlled breathing thing in the theatre so I didn't sob and hiccup out loud like an idiot...lol. I was still crying when I got home. I dunno, anything with animals - even 25 foot giant angry gorillas - just kills me. I was a useless wreck during that film!!

It was way cool, though, really good movie.

We're going to see Wolf Creek tonight. I heard that's the scariest movie ever made EVER! I can't wait!! I don't know if it's been released in the US or UK - it's about Ivan Milat, an Australian serial killer who murdered backpackers in the outback. Oooohhhh creepy
post #19 of 28
Wolf creek sounds like my kind of movie. There are only four movies on at the cinemas here. I wanted to go today but nothing interests me.

sweetiecat - I can't see the attraction either, I still haven't seen the original!
post #20 of 28
I liked it the 1st part was drawn out abit to long. Wonderfull creatures though and Kong. Those natives where scarey looking!!!
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva!
We're going to see Wolf Creek tonight. I heard that's the scariest movie ever made EVER! I can't wait!! I don't know if it's been released in the US or UK - it's about Ivan Milat, an Australian serial killer who murdered backpackers in the outback. Oooohhhh creepy
Oh so that's what that movie's about! It says "based on true events" I just thought it was another silly horror movie. Yeah, we got coverage of Ivan Milat over here. Don't you have bad dreams after watching horror flicks?

King Kong is one I'm looking forward to. We don't see many movies, mostly just wait till it's out on DVD. But some movies you have to go to the cinema for to appreciate the fx. I think Kong falls into that category!

Saw "Capote" the other day, really enjoyed it, great acting.
post #22 of 28
OH!~ I can't wait to see it Wolf Creek! It comes ouot I believe Dec. 25th here. Let me know how the movie was..
post #23 of 28
If I remember correctly, although it must have been 30 years since I've seen the original (I never watched the remake) it also was rather slow and drawn out in the first half or so. Possibly because everyone knows what's coming and wants to get to "the good stuff."

Much of the allure of Kong is the nostalgia factor. The original was after all screened in 1933 and the effects were truly astounding for the time (even with the little biplanes on wires .) The world in 1930 or thereabouts was a much smaller place, and there was room to believe that such a location as Skull Island with leftover dinosaurs and giant apes might actually exist.

I think Jackson made an excellent choice to remain true to the original version by setting it in that same time period. Somehow, that makes it easier to allow the willing suspension of disbelief and go back to that simpler time.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by sweetiecat3
Personally, I don't see how it could be so great; it seems a bit silly to me. Could somebody open my eyes a bit to how it's a good movie?? I may go and see it, I'm not sure yet....I'm just not into those kinda movies.
For me, it was the action in contrast with the relationships.I love movies that take me away from the real world for awhile. Don't get me wrong, I love realistic, dramatic movies, too.

The only movies I don't see are the based on true events horror flicks, like Wolf Creek. I can't help but think of the families of the victims, and how I would feel if I had a loved one who was a victim of such a person. It's got to be terribly painful for them, to have the story back in the public eye.
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by Deb25
My only question - is Hollywood completely out of ideas that do not involve remakes of old movies, or worse - old tv series?
This is true, but I think in this case it's slightly different. King Kong was always Peter Jackson's favourite movie, and he wanted to do it again and show it off in all it's glory, and make it the best it could be with the resources that today's modern film-making world has to offer.

But as for all the other `just to make a buck' remakes, I couldn't agree more!
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva!
...But as for all the other `just to make a buck' remakes, I couldn't agree more!"
Arrggghhh. Did anybody else who was a fan of the original (I was in high school, what can I say? ) really *cringe* at the re-make of Starsky & Hutch like I did??? Geez. If it made its investment back *I'd* be surprised.
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by RoseHawke
Arrggghhh. Did anybody else who was a fan of the original (I was in high school, what can I say? ) really *cringe* at the re-make of Starsky & Hutch like I did??? Geez. If it made its investment back *I'd* be surprised.
Wasn't a fan of Starsky & Hutch, but I had the same reaction about The Dukes of Hazzard. Even before it came out, I hated the movie. The only person cast even close to right was Uncle Jesse (Willie Nelson).

And have you heard about the Miami Vice movie? ARG! Seriously, WHY would they make that into a movie? It really wasn't THAT good when it was popular! LOL

It just floors me because I know there are probably thousands of struggling writers out there with good, original ideas who are getting passed over for bad remakes of stories already done.
post #28 of 28
For Miami Vice I was more a fan of the cinematography and editing than the actual show . There are tons, literally thousands, of books that could be adapted to movies! But most of Hollywood won't even look at adapting a book unless it's a monumental best seller. However I suspect that movies made from other books would certainly do as well and probably much, much, better than these horrendous re-makes.

One book I'm thinking of which I always thought would make a great movie if you're a fan of the genre (the book also has suspense and mild horror aspects too though,) but is totally unknown, is a book titled Howling Mad by Peter David. It follows the premise that if a man bitten by a werewolf turns into a wolf on the full moon, what happens to a wolf bitten by a werewolf ? Actually if you read the book, it's very visual. I suspect it may have been a script that didn't sell.

And of course all the other genres, Mystery, Historical Romances, Fantasy and Science Fiction and on and on ...

Back on topic , if you go to the imdb site (King Kong), there's some interesting backstory and trivia on the original 1933 movie.
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