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King Kong

Will you see King Kong in theatres?

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Posted: Tue, 13th Dec 2005, 7:26pm

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It's coming out tomorrow. I have been waiting for this day for a long time. Getting King Kong for PSP this Christmas (hopefully). I've been visiting this site everyday for the last couple months. I've changed my favorite movie to King Kong in my profile. Anyone else as excited about it as I am?

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Posted: Tue, 13th Dec 2005, 7:42pm

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this movie looks soo freakingawesome. I've been following the production diaries on kongisking.net for nearly a yearand finally the day is coming!!!! eek biggrin
Posted: Tue, 13th Dec 2005, 8:10pm

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Yep, very excited. Last year felt very strange without a Peter Jackson fix. I'm a little dubious of the running time, but everything else looks pretty phenomenal. Here's hoping they've pulled it off!
Posted: Tue, 13th Dec 2005, 8:31pm

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I'm seeing it tonight at 11:59PM... isn't that like... not supposed to happen - technically speaking? Couldn't they just make it a nice round number like 12?
Posted: Tue, 13th Dec 2005, 10:35pm

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CRAP!!!!!


I NEED A RIDE TO THE 12:00 SHOWING!!! CRAP!!!!!!!!!
Posted: Tue, 13th Dec 2005, 11:05pm

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CANT WAITCANT WAITCANT WAITCANT WAITCANT WAITCANT WAITCANT WAITCANT WAITCANT WAITCANT WAITCANT WAITCANT WAITCANT WAITCANT!


I plan on maybe getting the PSP game as well, and seeing the movie as soon as possible, probably this weekend. frown
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 3:42am

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My theater is poop and won't show it till Friday frown
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 4:53am

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I was going to go tonight, but I have to work 4 hours after I would get home from it, so it's not a good idea. This movie look absolutely incredible, and I cannot wait.
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 5:03am

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HAHA! I am going in about 30 minutes (10:30) and it starts at 12:00.
So that means I only get like 2 hours of sleep before school. LOL crazy
I am so excited! Ill tell you guys how awsome it is!
see ya guys!
-Aaron
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 5:13am

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Got my tickets, going at 11:59 PM PST!
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 8:34am

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Looks like I beat everyone back from the theatre first...


This movie was ridiculously awesome. I didn't have high hopes at 1st because of what Speilburg did to me earlier in the year but Peter Jackson is definitely 4 for 4. The visuals were amazing. I'm prob going to see it again.

Edit: If you couldnt tell, I dont like doing lengthy reviews ha. I'll talk more as soon as people start giving their opinions on the movie as well.
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 8:48am

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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! ... I thought it was going to be good but that just blew me away! The shots, cinematography, effects, action… were brilliant but what did it for me was the movie had heart and the characters had depth and personality… and as for Kong … you just have to see it…
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 9:46am

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that was completely amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Better than Serenity and everything!!!

I'm definitally gunna see that again =D
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 11:16am

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Damn. I was going to make my own thread with a review, because it's 4AM and i just got back from it. I guess I'll just write it here.

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Review. Spoiler Free (I think)
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To me, even before seeing it, the new King Kong was a very important film for two reasons. Firstly, one of my first memories ever is of watching the 1933 version when I was three years old, and crying my eyes out at the end, so I have a very sentimental attachment to the film. Secondly, this year was supposed to be THE year for movies, and for many it was, but sadly for me, it wasn't. Almost every movie that had come out this year that I was looking forward to had disapointed me to some degree, and since I have been following the progress of Kong on and off since Jackson wrote the script in '96, this was THE movie for me of the year, possibly even the last five years.

You have never seen a movie like King Kong. Or at least I haven't, and having seen a boat load of movies in my 18 years of living, I can soundly say I doubt you have seen a movie like King Kong. I have to say, the movie I thought I was going to see was drastically different from what I just saw. Such was the case for most other major blockbusters this year, but the main difference here is that this movie was better than I ever thought it could be. This is better than King Kong 1933 and I am saying that as a rather hardcore loyalist.

There have been many complaints in reviews that the movie's pacing is off kilter, and I disagree entierly. Most reviews will boast that the old Kong was perfectly paced at approx 90 minutes long, but to be honest, I always felt that Kong 1933 moves way too fast, and actually lacked heavily in character developement. Many complain at the fact Kong isn't even seen in the film till about 45 minutes in, but I loved it. There was some odd character developement that over shadowed Brody, but all can be forgiven when so much else is perfect.

While the movie's action kicked ass, the part I enjoyed the most was Kong's character. Looking back, Kong didn't really have a character in 1933 beyond being a perverted ape who stole Fay Wray's dress and sniffed his fingers, and then ate some people at random. Kong in Jackson's rendition is so human that I forgot he was a 25 foot tall ape. Not really, but that sounds nice. What amazed me the most was that the relationship between Watts and Kong was not only believable, it felt real. It wasn't love, but it was something. To have that sort of bond feel right between a human and a giant ape is astounding.

This movie is brilliant. I have never seen anything like it. It's too awesome to be a character drama, and it's too personal to be an epic, so I just don't know. What I do know is that it is the best movie of the year, easily. I know I said that about the new harry potter, but this time I really mean it.

This is one of the best movies I have ever seen.


Waser bangs his chest in victory
I love it
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 9:02pm

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Man this was amazing. At no point during the 11:59 showing did I want to fall asleep. Every part of it held me on the edge of my seat. Absolutely spectacular.
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 9:11pm

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I loved it EXCEPT that I thought it was a tad on the long side, and there were definately things that I would have done without. But the amazing factor totally weighs out that fact.

Best movie of the year.
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 9:23pm

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I haven't seen it yet, but I can feel it in me bones... it's going to be shweet!
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 10:12pm

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AMAZING! simply AMAZING! thier was not ONE moment I did not like about this film. it was flawless in every aspect of film and visual FX.
2 THUMBS WAY! UP! SSJAARONS FAVORITE FILM OF THE YEAR!
I am seeing again Friday. lol
-Aaron
Posted: Wed, 14th Dec 2005, 11:08pm

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Wow that was amazing. I wish I could write something better then that, but im gonna keep it simple. That was amazing!
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 1:32am

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I dont know... I mean....elves, hobbits and orcs in a war to control their world vs. monkey in New York.....


I think he made a mistake
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 1:38am

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Before reading your review Waser I was in the maybe crowd, now I really want to see it, I'll have to drag some friends along to a matinee sometime.
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 1:40am

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Frozenpede wrote:

I dont know... I mean....elves, hobbits and orcs in a war to control their world vs. monkey in New York.....


I think he made a mistake
He didn't make up the story, it was a pre existing story. Yes the LOTR movies were great, but he is not going to be 10 years into his film career and make LOTR 19,20,21 etc..

P.S. Didn't you see the monkey in the wild?
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 2:10am

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Frozenpede wrote:

I dont know... I mean....elves, hobbits and orcs in a war to control their world vs. monkey in New York.....


I think he made a mistake
You're terribly terribly mistaken if you think thats all that there is to the story of King Kong.
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 9:59am

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wow this was amazing! better than the Fellowship of the Ring i'd say. the character animation of kong is just stunning, awesome FX shots. For the rest nothing to say except, go see it! biggrin

(ps, what do u guys think of my new cute little avatar razz )
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 2:24pm

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I might go see it because from what I seet ehre is a lot of action but if they try to pull a Mighty Joe Young and have you fall in love with an animal its not gonna work for me
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 3:42pm

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All I can say is "WOW". This movie is amazing. See it, and if you don't like it then you must have a serious mental disorder. This movie has been remade so well it could of been done with no CGI work and still be a really great movie. Kong looks so real, that you want to belive that he exists. This movie is amazingly awesome and I can't begin to describe how well done this was done. Seeing the original on TCM really refreshed your memory on how they took pretty much every concept of the original movie.

WATCH THIS MOVIE!! IT ROCKS!!!! biggrin
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 4:22pm

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swg33k wrote:

it could of been done with no CGI work and still be a really great movie.
The cg in this movie is both emotionaly and visually extremely important, so if you leave out both of those.. unsure
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 4:31pm

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Good stuff! Could have done with a much tighter edit and a few less cheeseball lines of dialogue, but otherwise fantastic stuff.

The T-Rex sequences is possibly the most incredible thing I've ever seen in movies. Astounding, both technically and artistically.

Once again a bunch of scenes missing that were in the trailer...I hope Jackson doesn't pad it out even longer on DVD, though. Or if he does, he could at least gives Jamie Bell's character a better send-off, rather than just vanishing from the film.

Kong himself is, of course, the most successful special effect in cinema history. That's the main triumph of the movie, I would say.
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 5:15pm

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Yes, the T-Rex scenes were out of this world. The emotion they managed to capture between Kong and the girl was also most astounding since it was her acting against a CG character. 5 stars, definately worth seeing.
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 9:44pm

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This was a great movie and I never was into the King Kong films. Was very entertaining, had amazing shots, and great characters.

I had only one complaint about one of the scenes but I still will put this in my top 10 movies.
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 10:39pm

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i havent seen this movie yet. but im wondering one thing . why is there dinosaurs in the movie? was there any dinosaurs in the script or maybe a book back in the days before they filmed the very first one ?
Posted: Thu, 15th Dec 2005, 11:03pm

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I'll be seeing it tomorrow evening and since the critics and you are so excited about it, and ofcourse because it's directed by Peter Jackson, I'm really looking forward to it. And I'm not worried at all about the length of the movie, I kept it comfy during all the Lord of the Rings films too.

Also, from what I've seen from the trailers the CG was extremely good in my opinion. So incredibly detailed! Far, far better than anything I've seen before. Were those insects CG? They didn't look like they were. I guess it's because this movie cost 200 million dollars, which is a hell of a lot.
Posted: Fri, 16th Dec 2005, 1:05pm

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...WOW!!!!

5/5 hands down.

King Kong was like a human being..... Maybe because he was played by the genius Andy Serkis..... But everything was awesome. The GCI was really truly amazing. His hair clumped together like real hair. And in many scenes, if you didn't tell me it was CGI, I would have believed that they took footage of a real ape and put in Watts. (Obviously they didn't, but still, astounding)

Everyone go see it... NOW!
Posted: Fri, 16th Dec 2005, 1:11pm

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Possibly my favourite thing about the movie is that Kong wasn't like a human. They didn't anthropomorphise him in a silly Disney-style - he was still very much a gorilla, in appearance and behaviour. He was always a wild animal.
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Absolutely brilliant. Kong is the single most believable cgi creation I have ever seen, to say nothing of the improvements on the original story.
Posted: Fri, 16th Dec 2005, 8:22pm

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boffa, have you seen the original? There are dinosaurs in it.
Posted: Fri, 16th Dec 2005, 9:14pm

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Tarn wrote:

Possibly my favourite thing about the movie is that Kong wasn't like a human. They didn't anthropomorphise him in a silly Disney-style - he was still very much a gorilla, in appearance and behaviour. He was always a wild animal.
Well, I think I phrased my question wrong. What I mean was he conveyed emotions so well. You could see what he was feeling, even without words. He had character depth. That's what I meant.
Posted: Fri, 16th Dec 2005, 10:59pm

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that movie was so amazing!!!!!!!!!! I left the theater sweating. If they put it in the imax they'd have to put warnings for pregnant women and those who suffer from epilepsy like they do for roller coasters. I was in awe and could'nt speak when I left. This movie deserves an award. It's one thing to create worlds that we have never seen before. But it's another thing to recreate our world and make it look 100% convincing.
Once again a bunch of scenes missing that were in the trailer
Tarn, I believe Peter Jackson mentioned in a production diary on kongisking.net when the first trailer came out that a lot of the footage they had in the trailer wasn't going to be used.
Posted: Fri, 16th Dec 2005, 11:22pm

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Everything I'd hoped for after following the Production Diaries for so long.
I'll be seeing it again to soak up even more of this amazing film.... fantastic!

Merry Christmas PJ biggrin

Mantra
Posted: Fri, 16th Dec 2005, 11:32pm

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I just got back... And I'm tired. In, like exhausted!

Man it is easily the best movie of the year, and I am a real Star Wars fan, but it beats Episode III just like that. It's a typical Peter Jackson movie, and that means that it is near perfect. It has everything in it. This may sound like I'm keeping up a good word for a mediocre film because I'm gettin' paid, but no;
It's got everything. Suspense (the first hour you don't even see King Kong, but leaping right into action would've definately been no better), it's got humor (quite harsh sometimes really, but it's still very, very funny!) Then there's the frightening factor, oh yeah, it's there: Those insects give you the absolute creeps! And like you're used of Peter, he doesn't back down one bit when it comes to frightening the audience with... nah just see it for yourselves, it's sooo nasty! But finally, and most importantly, it's got real character. Kong is the most believable CG character I've ever seen, and he acts like an actual giant ape would, I think.

Oooh, man I gotta take a nap...

But don't forget; GO SEE IT!
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Just got back! It was sweet. The original (1933) one was probably my most favorite movie growing up. I wore the VHS out from watching it so many times. There were of course some small things but overall great.
Posted: Sat, 17th Dec 2005, 10:01am

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Just got back, and after hearing all the amazing reviews about it, I was somewhat dissapointed.

It just felt too long and non-engrossing. Not very satisfying either. I consider Return of the king to be one of the greatest films of all time, so perhaps this being his next film after that just didn't strike me as much.
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Waser wrote:

boffa, have you seen the original? There are dinosaurs in it.
really ? yeah i have seen it but it was really long time ago. so i cant remember it. i wish i could see it again but cant find it in any rental stores
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You know what? I even heard the Wilhelm Scream! Anyone else?


http://www.hollywoodlostandfound.net/wilhelm/
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Hey I heard it to!!! biggrin It was during the longneck dinosaur chase.
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the wilhelm scream in ROTK was the leader of the mummakils who get's killed wasn't it?
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Job wrote:

the wilhelm scream in ROTK was the leader of the mummakils who get's killed wasn't it?
Yes.
Posted: Sun, 18th Dec 2005, 12:07am

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FINALLY SAW IT.

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If I had to give it a rating beetween 1 and 100, I would give it a 97. A couple small flaws. First off, the ending. *SPOILER FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN THE ORIGINAL OR THIS VERSION*
"The beauty killed the beast." HUH???? I mean, I think it would have been better if he had killed off the planes, and lived happily ever after. Sounds stupid, but I think it would have been better. *END SPOILER*

One more slight flaw, the run time just got me a little bored. Otherwise, the best movie I've seen all year.


Film freak
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film freak- It's part of a classic. You can't change a classic.

IMO it was too long. It was very good otherwise
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film freak wrote:


If I had to give it a rating beetween 1 and 100, I would give it a 97. A couple small flaws. First off, the ending. *SPOILER FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER SEEN THE ORIGINAL OR THIS VERSION*
"The beauty killed the beast." HUH???? I mean, I think it would have been better if he had killed off the planes, and lived happily ever after. Sounds stupid, but I think it would have been better. *END SPOILER*

One more slight flaw, the run time just got me a little bored. Otherwise, the best movie I've seen all year.


Film freak
Film Freak, you obviously didn't capture the moral and beauty of the ending. King Kong wasnt a Disney movie, and its ending left you with a powerful feeling.
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The ending made me sad!!! upset
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thats what its supposed to do
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Jackson still has a huge timing and length issue, and I think that's why I didn't reallly enjoy this movie. While all the cinematics were there, it just became kinda...............boring, featuring several unnecessary scenes with mundane things happening that could've been left out. Other things I liked, and other things I disliked.

3/5
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I realize the moral, and the reason for the ending. I'm saying it was seemed like too much of an action movie to have such huge life lesson. If it was all action, like what Peter Jackson usually does, I would have enjoyed the ending. Like, he kills all the planes, but then slips and falls off the empire state building.
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Hehe why not just have him win and live happily ever after...

...and then slip on a banana skin walking down the street and die?

The whole point is that he's just a misunderstood monkey.
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Kid wrote:

Hehe why not just have him win and live happily ever after...

...and then slip on a banana skin walking down the street and die?

The whole point is that he's just a misunderstood monkey.
I know. I realize everything. I'm saying it was a little too dramatic at the end. I mean, they sit there staring at eachother for several minutes before he actually falls.
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film freak wrote:

Kid wrote:

Hehe why not just have him win and live happily ever after...

...and then slip on a banana skin walking down the street and die?

The whole point is that he's just a misunderstood monkey.
I know. I realize everything. I'm saying it was a little too dramatic at the end. I mean, they sit there staring at eachother for several minutes before he actually falls.
Thats... the point? And its also why several people I saw it with cried at the end.
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Ok, ok. I won't argue anymore about this. I didn't like the ending but that dosen't matter. It was a great movie and the end was sad. Sorry to get on your nerves. But, alls well that ends well. unsure
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They've posted the very last Production Diary. Very fitting - yet kind of sad if you've been following them since almost the beginning - like I have.
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evman101 wrote:

yet kind of sad if you've been following them since almost the beginning - like I have.
Yes, 'tis sad. I haven't been following them since the beginning, I came a little a late, but I have watched all of them about 3 times over....
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It was very good. I really think the CGI was extremely well done, although they really need to improve on some of thier greenscreening techniques, I think. For a lot of the shots where kong was holding the girl, they should of had a cgi model of her, instead of had her greenscreened, on the close up shots it was alright, but on the distance shots, it looked absurd, maybe it was due to the lighting on her, but it looked like SHE didn't belong, where as the monkey looked like he did. In this case they needed to make the real thing look more believable then it did.
And as for the story, I think he did a good job representing the original telling of it, and then adding in his own stuff to make it a "Peter Jackson Film" instead of a complete redoing of the original. A lot of the sequences were amazing, in particular the scene with all the bugs (that had me squirming, I hate BUGS! lol)
And the whole dinosaur stampede and the Trex battle were brilliant.
Posted: Mon, 19th Dec 2005, 1:56pm

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evman101 wrote:

www.kongisking.net

They've posted the very last Production Diary. Very fitting - yet kind of sad if you've been following them since almost the beginning - like I have.
yea, sad that it has to stop sad hopefully other moviemakers will do these production diaries too smile
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Hey, I was just wondering, but am I one of the few people who really isn't impressed by the game's graphics? It just looks so 3 years ago. They should have pushed the limits on that game much like what they did with Star Wars Battle Front 2, and Call of Duty 2, and Half Life 2 & Mods, ect.
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Er, Battlefront 2 is hideous (on the PC anyway). But keep in mind the people that made it believe gameplay is more important than graphics... and I agree.
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Battlefront 2 looks pretty awful to me. And CoD2, while good, is hardly anything special (other than the fantastic particle effects).

The Kong game's graphics are fantastic (I'm playing it on a PC). Sure, they're low polygon and the textures are slightly blurry, but that always seems to happen with games that are developed for consoles as well.

I'm never particularly interested in the technical side of graphics - it's more about the way they're used, for me. And Kong's art design, lighting and general atmospherics are all astounding. Really beautiful stuff, and also some very innovative and unusual camerawork in places.

Another good example is World of Warcraft, which on first glance appears to have quite primitive graphics, but once you see it in motion and what they've actually done artistically, it's astounding. Same goes for Darwinia.

It's a similar argument to special effects in movies. Often performance is far more important than photo-realism. Hence while the digital Yoda can often look more 'real', in terms of being an actual thing in the scene, Gollum is generally more successful due to the superb acting performance.
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I finaly got to see King Kong.
I think it's great, 2. best movie this year imo.
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I went to see King Kong on monday and was blown away. Everyone complains about it being too long and I can't understand that at all. I can't understand most of people's complaints actually. This is the best film of 2005 (that I've seen..) and Peter Jackson deserves to win best director again at least. All of the acting is great, the CG is phenomenal, everything about this movie is fantastic.

The scenes between Ann and Kong are some of the most beautiful scenes I've seen in a film. Andy Serkis brought Kong to life so wonderfully motion capture wise, and WETA outdid themselves completely. Gollum was excellent, but pales in comparison to Kong.

About the length, I can see how people would be bothered by it, but I was enthralled by every second. And even in slow scenes, there's always something wonderfully detailed going on to look at. I personally hope they release an extended edition DVD, but I doubt they will. That would be amazing. If King Kong was 4:30 long I would sit through the whole thing and would most likely be glued to the screen the whole time.

The detail is breathtaking. Their recreation of New York blew me away in every frame, it was amazing.

I can't say enough positive things about this movie. My only complaints story wise is the fact that the captain came back twice to save everyone even after saying he was leaving, and I thought Carl should have cut it short on his last line and simply said "It wasn't the planes". Finishing that line was slightly melodramatic, I thought. It would have done as well thematically if it were shorter.

My only other complaint was the family sitting in front of me who brought all of their small children and babies and blankets and such and were answering their cell phones and calling people. It was insane. People need to learn how to respect the cinema.

Oh well. Best film of the year, my favorite film of the year, Peter Jackson is God and Spielberg needs to stop making movies to make way for the PJ reign. I just hope PJ keeps making films that are longer than two and a half hours (preferably longer, like.. 3:30, 4:30... wink), and doesn't lay down to the man and make them shorter.

Long is good. Kong is great. See it if you haven't. It's worth every second and every penny.
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I saw this last night. I was blown away. I thought it wouldnt be as good as it is. Kong was done so well.

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The movie realy made you love Kong, and feel for the character. It was done so well, that, at the end, it was very heartbreaking to see Kong die

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I agree that it didn't feel long at all, Aculag. Loads of reviews/people have moaned about the opening New York segment, saying it goes on for far too long - it was actually my favourite part of the whole movie, and the least flawed.

However, despite being entertained throughout and not finding it over-long in the slightest...at the same time, I think it could have been even better if it had been shorter. There was far too much peripheral stuff going on that never really paid off properly - like the captain rescuing them constantly, as you mentioned, also the massive build-up of Hayes and Jimmy, only for them to vanish. Also strange that the natives completely disappeared. With a shorter film the structure could have been tightened to make it an even more incredible film (alternatively, I suppose, you could have lengethened the film in order to give the aforementioned characters better exits).

It's far from perfect and is wildly undisciplined in a lot of ways...but it's still damn good.

What I want to see is a prequel of sorts - I was fascinated by all the ancient ruins and massive architecture. You got the feeling it was built by a pretty advanced ancient civilisation, and that the natives living there in 1933 weren't the ones that built everything on Skull Island. I want to see the Skull Island civilisation!

EDIT:

Just found this over at Empireonline, a quote from Richard Taylor:

Richard Taylor wrote:

We have gone with the concept that the island was once populated by a civilisation of incredibly sophisticated people maybe about the level of the Incas. Our Skull Island has experienced 65 million years more evolution than the dinosaurs that died off. This island of inhabitants held these large creatures in check by building a fortified wall around their city. Very sadly, for whatever reason – we are suggesting seismic eruption – the island has begun to sink over many centuries. The wall has collapsed; the sophisticated culture has fallen into ruin.

Many centuries later a hapless canoe of native people has been blown off course and washed onto this craggy outcrop of island. They cling to existence on this windswept, salt-sea ruined piece of rock. When we arrive in 1930-32, they are so desperate that they have sacrificed almost all the women in the village, because they see Kong as a deity and feel they need to appease his godly aggression once or twice a year.
Excellent stuff! So the entire island was once the city of the advanced civilisation, and the sea wall was once on land. Interesting. smile
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I thought it was OK. The CG and Effects were absolutely stunning, although it was far too long for my liking. To put it simply, they could have cut some of the more irrelevant stuff out. If something doesn't contribute to the plot, or doesn't stand out as a "good" scene, you might as well cut it!
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I absolutely loved this movie. It had every genre. However, I hate scenes where I am frustrated for the characters,

SPOILER?


(when they are shooting Kong with harpoons, and she yells at them to stopm they keep going)


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those kind of scenes make me want to yell at them.

The CG and effects were flawless. The

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bug scene was incredible. From the centipeded to the big bugs in a following scene. I hate bugs, I am not a bug person. The scene had me shaking. If you have a phobia of bugs, and you have had a bug on your leg and it's over, you just want to stand up and shiver or something. A scene in a movie actually had me wanting to do that, something I have never expierienced.

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The actors were great, but I wanted more of Jack Black, he was great for his screen time, but I felt they could have had him there more. I liked his character, but I think it focused almost too much on Naomi Watts (sp?). Horror, suspense, thriller, action, adventure, comedy, drama. It had everything. It is on my top 10 of all time (not favorite.) Kudos again to Jackson.
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A few things I noticed after watching the orignal and the 2nd viewing of PJ's version.

- PJ and co. did a great job of updating Ann's character to make her into a sad, but strong woman, unlike the orignal where Ann is very weak and is just a damsel the whole movie.

- "Monsters belong in B-Movies" very funny line.

- The whole beginning and end of the film are pretty realistic beside the fact of the presence of a giant ape.

- Which brings me to the dinosaurs on skull island. They LOOKED great but I really think the brontosaurus chase should have been cut. It's just absolutely rediculous.

- The V-Rex scene works well even in the 2nd viewing. All of Kong's signature moves from the original are in there the sucker punch, the wrestling rolls, and the classic playing with the dead V-Rex's jaw.

- I watched all the stuff about the lost "spider scene" and I really think that Merian C. Cooper was right in cutting it. It did slow down the story and it kindof wrecked one of my favorite ideas Fran put in the script which is that, heroes in the real world don't look like bruce baxter. I thought it was awesome that he cast Adrian Brody a man who is good looking but doesn't look like a hero character, and he's the WRITER of the movie. Very original. So, in the end the spider scene doesnt belong.

- James Newton Howard is my favorite composer and I think he did a great job with the score considering his rediculous time constraints. If he had as much time as Shore did he would've had a classic score. Really the whole movie suffers from lack of time. This movie should have been a May 06' release.

- It's wierd but the whole movie is really an interpretation of the original by Peter Jackson. He felt bad for Kong when he fell off the Empire State Building in the orignal so he modeled his version off that. The way I interpreted the orignal was that Kong didn't "love" Ann but she was HIS, and she didnt share the feeling. So in the end Kong met his end not to protect Ann but because he wanted her all for himself, and in the end he was still a monster.
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The only thing that I did not think looked real what-so-ever were the airplanes. Weta can really nail the looks of organic creatures but ILM has MASTERED the metallic textures. That is the only thing I didn't like about the movie other than the beginning being kinda dragged out.
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swg33k wrote:

That is the only thing I didn't like about the movie
Besides the downright ugly compositing work.... Hey schwar--you should send them a copy of CompositeLab! wink
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I think weta has that problem cause lotr had some pretty awful compositing as well.
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Saw it on Christmas, it was very good-not great. Maybe I was expecting too much. The facial expressions of Kong though, were fantastic.
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Saw it last night....
King looks awesome most of the time...
The Dinosaurs in my opinion look TERRIBLE.... Not even close to what I was expecting... Jurrasic Park's T-Rex in 1993 looks better.....and thats more than TEN YEARS AGO!
Alot of the greenscreening and so on was a bit too obvious for me....

Overall I enjoyed the story and thought it was well made. Didn't seem like 3 hours.. Didn't bore me smile

I suggest getting Peter Jackson's Production Diaries... either buy the dvd set (i got it for xmas).. or download them off the net... www.kongisking.net to download them (i think they are still there?)
or try www.amazon.com for the production diarires dvd set (awesome!)

-MAGIC