King Kong (Flick’s Review)

Posted on | August 21, 2011 | 4 Comments

Rating 3.3 stars/reels out of 5.0 stars/reels

I didn’t like the King Kong (1976) remake as much as the 1933 classic, because of the acting, the way Kong looks, the pacing, and more. The story should have been more like the original. I wish they kept the part of the story where they are making a movie. It is confusing that the characters names are not the same as in the original. Some of the characters are not even in the film, including Carl Denham. Jeff Bridges is good as Jack Prescott although the Jack Prescott character doesn’t always make sense especially at the very beginning of the film when he seems drunk and then smarter than the crew. Jessica Lange is good for the most part except when she seems more like a fashion model than an actress (it’s her first film). I wish there were more dinosaur battles with Kong, because there is only one battle in this one and it’s with a snake. John Barry’s score for the film is good, although sometimes it doesn’t add excitement to the moment. Kong looks more real than in the original however I don’t think Kong should look entirely real because he is a monster. The sets are good (the natives island and the boat are great).The main problem of the film is it’s too long. The scenes with Kong and Dwan go on too long and there are too many of them. The film has its moments but it could’ve been better.

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King Kong is about Jack Prescott, Fred Wilson, Captain Ross, and a crew of people who go on a mission looking for oil. While on their journey they find a mysterious lifeboat with a woman named Dwan. Then they find an island inhabited by natives who worship a monster called Kong. The natives kidnap Dwan and give her to Kong who takes her into the jungle. Jack, Fred, Capt. Ross and the crew going looking for her. You’ll have to watch the movie to find out what happens.

My favorite character is Jack Prescott because he knows what he’s doing.

My favorite scene is when Kong is on the Twin Towers and the helicopters are flying around him because everything looked real and the action was exciting and suspenseful. I wish Kong was on the Empire State Building instead of the Twin Towers and planes were flying around him instead of helicopters like in the original.

King Kong is rated PG and I agree.

Directed by John Guillermin
Produced by Dino De Laurentiis
executive producer  Federico De Laurentiis
executive producer Christian Ferry
Writing credits: Merian C. Cooper (idea) and Edgar Wallace (idea)
James Ashmore Creelman (1933 screenplay) (as James Creelman) and Ruth Rose (1933 screenplay)
Lorenzo Semple Jr. (screenplay)

Jeff Bridges: Jack Prescott
Charles Grodin: Fred Wilson
Jessica Lange: Dwan
John Randolph: Captain Ross
Rene Auberjonois: Roy Bagley

See more about this film on IMDB.


4 Responses to “King Kong (Flick’s Review)”

  1. Papa
    August 24th, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    Flick, Great in depth review and I agree with you entirely on your comparison to the original 1933 movie. Its good to see you back on line.

  2. flickflack
    August 30th, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    As I said in my review the film was not as good as the original so it would be hard for a remake to be better than it but I was expecting it to be better. Flack and I did a podcast of the 1933 one so you can look forward to that. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Andrea
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 6:50 am

    Jessica Lange is one of my favorite actresses. At least the movie brought her to the industry’s attention. Other than that, it was probably a movie that didn’t need to be made at all.

  4. flickflack
    September 2nd, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

    Jessica Lange is not the worst part of this film.The adaption of the original is the worst part of the film however Jessica Lange is proablly the second worst part of the film. John Guillermin and co. had focused more on Lange’s acting than dresses. The only other movie I saw her in was Big Fish which she was great in. Thanks for the comment!

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