2010 m. lapkričio 1 d., pirmadienis

King Kong (1933)

Today we watched the first King Kong,directed by Merian C.Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack.
It was a joy to see the "CG" of those times,but later on when i understood it was also done with signs of racism and sexual approaches. I couldn't really see it the same way i could before. 

"And now, ladies and gentlemen, before I tell you any more, I'm going to show you the greatest thing your eyes have ever beheld. He was a king and a god in the world he knew, but now he comes to civilization merely a captive - a show to gratify your curiosity. Ladies and gentlemen, look at Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World!"

But back to the analysis. I'll start with the strongest point of this movie,which is its special effects. 

The special effects were done really well. The efficiency and time management must have been hell with filming so much stuff and re-filming it on screen for the mixed effects.  "The movie plunders every trick in the book to create its illusions, using live action, back projection, stop-motion animation, miniatures, models, matte paintings and sleight-of-hand." - Roger Ebert. In some places you could see that a scene would be played infront of a screen,or the scene would be on the screen in front of the object. Also mixing real time footage with that on the toy-side one was great. The best example are the planes. You had to know every manoeuvres they had perform before filming and in those times you surely couldn't scream out "Great,now do this!" while on a plane. I can see how much effort and planning was put in to this movie. If you count the level of CG in those times,you can for sure that they did a pretty damn good job!

A stop-frame animated model is shown on a projection,with the real-life footage is in front of it.

Now for the story. The story itself is great,by making a different turn with the whole "Beauty and the Beast" theme. Original,and with no new adds that could ruin the whole idea. "The plot is reasonably straightforward -- not a bad thing for a monster movie." - James Berardinelli. Though to be fair,a 2 hours movie,has to be a bit more than just simple to understand. I'd really like it would have more twists than just a show of visual effects. In some cases i'd even compare this to the Avatar (2009). The story should be able to balance out the entertainment that is given with that level of special effects. The movie should be more than just a demonstration of special effects with horrifin' screams of the people-dolls. 

The Kong revealed to the public in the flesh.

Some cut outs i'd like to point out. Not in the film,as in the script. Some moments just didn't feel right for me. For example where the sailor makes a confession to the girl. There wasn't seen any development between them. It seemed like they didn't know each other and for some reason he starts loving her. The next scene is when the crew finds the natives of the island. "I love it that they gradually learn that the native ritual they stumble into is a wedding, the girl in the middlethe bride, and left it at that" - Critic After Dark. Some places just didn't feel right. I understood when the Kong fought off the T-Rex,it was to show that he's not alone in the jungle and that he is truly strong,but the way he continues getting in to fights gets boring,and some scenes were pretty epic,but way too long. 

In overall 7/10

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