A movie about a big monkey has never been as good as Peter Jackson’s King Kong. With a 1933’s concept from the hands of Merian C Cooper and Edgar Wallace, we can now enjoy a superb version with better effects, wonderful CGI, much more interesting cinematography, perfect acting and an unusual set of new additional aspects that make King Kong a simple masterpiece.
Lasting more than 3 hours, this film has made its way into the industry wonderfully, both technically and in the practical sense. There’s no doubt about how good it is, yet it is fair to say that it is almost all thanks to Peter Jackson’s directing, whose incredible fascination with big and open worlds helped him orchestrate such an important title for nowadays filmmaking. Peter is a master, and King Kong is a clear statement that affirms that.
The Mysterious Island
Anyone who knows anything about the story of King Kong or is in any way aware of how everything happens also knows that the Mysterious Island in the Pacific is one of the main characters. And this character is exactly where Carl Denham (Jack Black) wants to bring Ann Darrow and Jack Driscoll (Naomi Watts and Adrien Brody), in order to film a movie and possibly much more than that. A mistake we all know can cost a lot of money, effort, time and lives, for certain.
And there’s no mistake in that. This mysterious island is filled with all types of horrors, from gigantic ants to immense cockroaches, dinosaurs, giant mosquitoes, and overall vegetation that looks more Borneo than the Amazonas – yet it is infested by an indigenous tribe whose main purpose is to avoid the giant King of the island to destroy their lair, their village. And guess what – they’re also cannibals and have incredible over-water jumping superpowers.
Certainly, this island is not something you would love to visit. Yet, it is more than fascinating to see how everyone, even the less than skilled main feminine characters, still manages to survive all types of horrors and more – the King Kong monster itself.
This movie is more of a rollercoaster than it is a real movie. While watching it you would feel at certain moments totally restless and full of exciting scenes, good tension and adrenaline directly from the heart of our protagonists doing their best to survive. Other scenes will feel as if the director was joking by showing us how the monsters play with each other a game of wrestling, one with two hands and with certain good fighting skills, and the other a dinosaur with only teeth and claws can still be a menace to this giant monkey.
Yet, the things that mostly makes us feela little overwhelmed is how under all that dark fur, hot monkey meat, is a really loving and careful friend with feelings of loneliness, whose only purpose is to live in peace and whose lack of company makes him get attached to our Ann Darrow. And that’s, really, the only problem of this monster, as if monsters were really invested on human beings – the real monsters.
Like A Monkey in the City
There’s no fault to say that we humans are the real monsters. As you know, we’re known for being bad to other species, to being the responsible for many, or even all extinctions that have happened in the last centuries, and that we are for sure the responsible for so many living creatures suffering in their lives – including ourselves. And this gets all portrayed in the last part of the movie, exquisitely.
We see how a big monkey, brought outside his loved tiny wonderful island, is all about nervousness, anxiety, fear of the unknown and an undisputed gain of confusion that makes him want to kill everyone and go away to where he belongs. He fears New York, and as a natural being, there’s no other route for him than to cause a disaster naively by only wanting to get away from all this nonsense – because he’s suffering, as any other animal taken out of his real natural habitat.
But all of this is done masterfully.
With a perfect use of new CGI, technology, wonderful photography and overall cinematography, Peter Jackson brought a seemingly unexpected remake with a powerful message that was as true almost eighty years ago as it was now.
The movie is as good as you can think. Yet it lacks something, just a little something we would have loved – and that’s a soul. Even though the movie tries to depict the most important part of the movie (King Kong) in all the depth possible, it is still easy to see that the movie fails to tell us why exactly it exists unless you really put your mind into it. And that’s something a movie needs to fix, even for Jackson.
But you won’t feel as if this movie deserved to be much more as it is certainly pretty good in many ways. The message is there, not explicit yet always present. Take a good look at what it wants to portray along with how it is all drawn and you will know how great of a movie it is – without a doubt.