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December 17, 2005

King Kong

Just got back from seeing Peter Jackson's King Kong. I'm a little disappointed, to be honest. It has some AMAZING sequences, watching CGI creatures fight, seeing the imaginary streets of New York tinged with snow and some genuinely emotional interaction between a 25 foot gorilla and its "love interest". Ultimately, though, I think Jackson got a little away with himself and was too generous (or selfish) with his editing. One of the side effects of being such an incredible director and having too much leeway with the final cut. 15 minutes of the boat scene and 15 minutes of the dinosaurs and other bits in the menagerie could have gone easily, I think. And maybe a few less chest beating sessions would have taken some of the pain out of my back from sitting too long. And the worst last line since Four Weddings and a Funeral left me with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth.