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March 26th, 2006
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Why, thank you, I shall... *G*

Watching the original King Kong in glorious black and white!

Sorry, PJ, you know I love you... but you just didn't do right by Driscoll (the male love interest, who, in the original, is the first mate of the boat a grumpy woman-hater who goes all mushy around Anne Darrow... just like Kong does... *G*) and Carl Denham, the guy who makes the movies. They're actually very well-played in the movie, as is Anne. I thought I'd go back and find them to be too hokey for words, but, really, they're played just as they should be. I also didn't like PJ adding the gruesome, horrific villagers of Skull Island. To be honest, just about everything about the the original movie works better, script-wise. Sorry, Phillippa, PJ and Fran! And, sorry, Jack Black, but this Carl comes across as smarter and stronger - as does Driscoll.

And I remember now why I felt so badly for King Kong in the original. He went through so much to protect Anne (okay, it was also to show he was the big guy in the jungle), that you actually feel badly for him when Anne gets away! And, whoa... did the original director like showing skin! I forgot about that - pretty risque for that time - all bare legs and the suggestion of nothing on top, by the time she has her dress peeled off by Kong and she's in the water. And finally, the death scene... he looks so confused and sad, the big ape. You feel so sorry for him.

As to the great ape himself? I always had a soft spot in my heart for him... but I must have forgotten the terrible full-face closeups of that looks like an early attempt at animatronics - obviously fake (and human!) eyes, and a mouth that goes straight across, with picket fence teeth - *L*! I'm afraid it looks like one of the horribly racist drawings of the time, instead of an ape. On the other hand, the claymation ape is wonderful, just wonderful. HIS expressions, especially at the end, are so touching.

So - PJ, I love ya, but you shouldn't have tried to change the movie, except for the special effects. But, at the same time, that wouldn't be worth doing, would it? Nope, keep it as it was. *S*

(ah! this review says it all: http://www.azcentral.com/ent/movies/articles/1214kingkong1214.html)

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From:pohewa
Date:March 27th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
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I haven't seen PJ's version yet and I don't think I will cause what you just wrote down is what I have heard so many people say about this movie. I know one shouldn't let somebody else's opinion of a movie determine whether or not you're going to see it but from what I have yet to be persuaded to see KK PJ style!

PJ knows we love him really, will make sure to tell him if I ever bump into him over here...lol!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 27th, 2006 06:36 am (UTC)
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Surprisingly enough, I still enjoyed PJ's when I watched it - but it just doesn't hold up.

And, yes, tell PJ I still love him. *S*
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From:gayalithiel
Date:March 27th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
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So...you didn't like it? But...but...it's what made me fall in lust with Adrien Brody!!! Yeah, I'm easy. And we'll be getting it on DVD when it comes out tomorrow. My kids want it, you know. Yeah.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 27th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
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*L*! I know... but, no offense to Brody, who is a very pretty man, but he's just not right for the part. *G*
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From:cyloran
Date:March 27th, 2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
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The skimpy clothes may have been risque for the early 1930's, but also consider that two major scenes were originally cut from the theatrical release and only restored "later" because they were considered too much for the audience (and the censors): the spider scene and the scene where Kong peals off her dress.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 27th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
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I can understand the dress scene... *G*... but I don't remember seeing a spider scene in this one.
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:March 29th, 2006 10:09 am (UTC)
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My mum went on a pretty similar rant when she saw it.

And then added: "But the original didn't have Adrian Brody. Alright, it's redeemed."

*L* She was very adamant to see it as soon as possibly, I loved her for it. And why? "Because Andy Serkis is playing Kong and I want to see whether he'll put as much emotion into it as he did with Gollum." My mum went to see King Kong for Andy Serkis, THIS is why I love my family.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 29th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
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I love it!!!

And, as somebody mentioned, every person who got an Oscar for that movie thanked Andy Serkis.

*loves*
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From:tootsiemuppet
Date:March 29th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Did they? I didn't watch the Oscars. Oh, how wonderful.

*thanks Andy Serkis, too*
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From:quiet_moments
Date:March 29th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Hey, Ros, did you know about this?

http://bunniewabbit.livejournal.com/854295.html
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From:rosamundeb
Date:March 30th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
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No - thanks! I got to see it at the same cinema last year, though. I think the owner has a thing for Elijah Wood. *G*
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