Monday, December 19, 2005

What Went Wrong with Kong?

Yahoo! is reporting that King Kong had an "unremarkable" opening weekend. Hmm. And one would have thought that a movie that moves manly men to write poetry would do gang-busters at the box office.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure that sarcastro and I will share a lot of the same opinions, but I'm with him on this one. I loved this movie. During some of the action sequences I was laughing and clapping with glee, like a kid on a roller coaster. It was so much fun!

Miss J

12/19/2005 09:05:00 AM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...

I haven't seen Kong yet. I don't know if I will. The idea has never appealed to me, frankly. I am probably missing the gene that makes "Kong" seem interesting.

12/19/2005 09:26:00 AM  
Blogger Aunt B said...

I refuse to watch movies I know will make me cry, so King Kong is right off my list of possibilities.

But it looks good.

12/19/2005 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Ted said...

He's pretty hairy.
Damn shame that's not true of me;
At least on my head.

12/19/2005 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, my beautiful sister. Can it be true? You actually enjoyed this film? I spoke with our father yesterday and he said he and mom were thinking of going to see it. I said, "I saw it last night. It sucks. Don't see it." He said, "How interesting, I just spoke with Miss J and she said she loved it." I said, "Surely this is not so for I respect and admire my sister's opinion. Surely this is not so." But apparently it is. We must talk. I fell asleep. I have never EVER fallen asleep in a movie theatre before. Ever.

I challenge ANYONE to find a moment in that film where Naomi Watt's mouth is not agape (pun intended). She had the exact same expression on her face for the entire film. Pensive, full of wonder and confusion and admiration. Mouth open. Two front teeth visible. Eyebrow crinkle. Could we get some variety there, Naomi?

And Jimmy? Who gives a fuck about Jimmy?! And why must everyone say Jimmy's name when speaking to him?! And the Heart of Darkness reference? We get it, Peter. You don't have to show it a billion times. We get it.

-The Divine Ms. B

12/19/2005 11:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Sarcastro said...

I would have cried, but I can't spare the moisture.

The "Jimmy" subplot could have been done away with. Character development of the "red-shirted crewmembers" was unnecessary.

Kitty, are you going to tell me that you are fine with the walking talking trees and boring exposition of LOTR, but draw the line at giant ape?

If anything go to marvel at the digital recreation of Depression-era NYC. That alone is worth six bucks.

12/19/2005 12:07:00 PM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...

It's not the ape that gets me. In fact, I'm a big fan of monkeys, with 5 on my desk and a life size one in the spare bedroom--which sounds kinkier than it really is.

The story has flat out never appealed to me. Why?

1. I first saw the stupid version with Jessica Lange. It was a bad, horrible, nogood, awful piece of dung.

2. You KNOW that Kong dies in the end. I don't want to spend chunks of my time growing attached to someone I know is doomed. I already have dogs and a husband that will all die. That thought sickens me. Why pay someone to rub my nose in the fleetingness of loving animals?!?

3. When I was a little kid these friends of mine had a poster with Kong on top of the Empire State building swatting at the planes. That poster scared and confused me. To this day, the idea of the movie scares and confuses me.

4. If I hear that "Lo, the beast...." poetry thing one more time, I'll stab someone in the ear. I'm not beautiful. I'm nice enough looking, but I just know in my heart of hearts that the monkey would take one look at my average-looking but well padded ass and say "huh. appetizers." I'd be gone. I fail to feel sorry for a monkey who won't eat a woman just cause she looks good. The monkey is symbolic of all the assholes in the world who don't date "nice" girls, but only want to objectify the pretty ones.

5. What the hell is the point of the monkey being in love with the woman? She can't have sex with him. He could maybe use her to pick his nose, but that's it.

6. Jack Black's character seems annoying in the previews. Jack Black is someone well suited for exactly one roll. That of Jack Black. Watching him play NotJackBlack holds no appeal for me.

I have loved Peter Jackson since his much underappreciated The Frighteners and I feel like I owe him attendence to this movie. But I just can't bring myself to go. I know I lose major geek points. But there it is.

12/19/2005 01:38:00 PM  
Blogger Exador said...

The monkey is symbolic of all the assholes in the world who don't date "nice" girls, but only want to objectify the pretty ones.

I thought he was symbolic of the Mandingo and this was all a racist movie.

Anyways, that's the talk around Atlanta.

12/19/2005 02:54:00 PM  
Blogger Aunt B said...

Well, duh. Obviously.

12/19/2005 02:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Sarcastro said...

So what this is really about is Kitty hates Negroes.

12/19/2005 05:22:00 PM  
Blogger Exador said...

I don't wouldn't say she hates our mahogany brethren, but it seems that she's been rejected by quite a few of them.

12/19/2005 05:26:00 PM  
Blogger Aunt B said...

Play nice, boys.

12/19/2005 05:38:00 PM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...

That's me. The big racist. ;=p

12/19/2005 06:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Divine Ms. B, if you went to see this movie for the acting, then you are a strange attender of Peter Jackson films. The movie could definitely use an editor. I totally agree that the "Jimmy" plot line was ridiculous and unnecessary and the Heart of Darkness references gratuitous and silly. To me, however, it was all worth it to see the dinosaur stampede and King Kong fighting T-Rexes in the vines. That was some of the coolest stuff I've seen at the movies. It's all about wonder. And I don't feel that very much at the movies anymore.

Miss J

12/20/2005 09:16:00 AM  

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