Jeremiah over at Fringeblog has his King Kong review posted. I’ll admit I’ve been waiting for this review for a while (and the Narnia one), so I’m glad he finally posted it. He was lucky enough to see it like two weeks ago because he’s good at being at the right place at the right time. He gives the movie 3.5 martinis out of 5, which is a bit lower than what I was expecting. At least King Kong does one thing right: the sfx. Jeremiah extols them:
One thing Jackson and his crew know how to do best is instilling a kind of gentle humanity into their primo effects work. Even Gollum had his moments of honesty, where keyframed expressions went beyond simple computer artwork, transcending the effects and amplifying the special. Here Kong is a wonder and a leap of evolution (excuse the pun) in the further blurring of the line between special effects and acting.
However, he finds the movie greatly lacking in story and character development:
That said, it is a shame the film lacks other particular qualities that would have truly made it great. What it excels at in production design and special effects, it lacks in a good story. Its characters are even worse. The lack of three dimensional characters in this otherwise convincing world make following the underwhelming story a chore. More than once I found myself questioning motives, uncertain as to the reasons why a character did such and such. When it came to the story, I found there was only a shell, like a hardened candy coated exterior. This shell serves the bare minimum needs of a plot; its only major requirement seems to have been to support the onscreen entanglements of an expressive CG monkey, his prehistoric playmates, and a little lady named Ann Darrow.
I’ll still see King Kong, but, since Jeremiah is often right about these sort of things, my expectations are going to be a bit lower than what they were before. Hopefully, I’ll be able to see it sometime soon, and have my own review posted in a timely fashion. I’ve also be warned by my mother that I will be seeing the “beautiful” Narnia and Pride and Prejudice (Fringe gave it 3 of 5 martinis) with the fam over Christmas, so hopefully I’ll whip out some reviews of those too.