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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 9:47 am    Post subject: King Kong: mammoth movie magic Reply with quote

Whoa.

Move over Steven Spielberg, the new blockbuster-maker is here to stay. Peter Jackson's masterful retelling of King Kong is a spectacular achievement by any standard, the kind of awesomely BIG film that's incredibly hard to describe.

This has massive helpings of everything an entertainer needs to have, laced by a lot of the unexpected -- no mean feat for a film where everyone knows the story. This is -- a rarity in modern, more jaded times -- a 'Wow!' movie.

Once upon a time, there was a hairy, plump protagonist. Often misunderstood, he nevertheless lived with massive dreams. Which is why he made movies. Peter Jackson has always been an inspired filmmaker, a fact fans of his uproarious and supremely cheesy B-grade horror films will attest to. With gore classics like Bad Taste and Braindead, it was surprising to see the filmmaker unforgettably take on the ambitions of adapting J R R Tolkien's masterpiece.

King Kong, however, is a much less surprising decision. Over the years, moviedom's biggest monkey has been reduced to cornball cliché, with bad Jeff Bridges films and low-budget disasters battling Japanese lizards.


So when Jackson became one of the world's biggest filmmakers, with a cult following and a mantelpiece full of Oscars, his plan was simple: make the biggest B-movie in the world. Actually, no, rescue the hirsute King from the B-grade, and give him his rightful place at the top.

Super-ambitious? Sure. Pulled it off? Oh, yeah.
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