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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 16

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. Passing the halfway mark, the subject for the sixteenth day is:

A movie that you used to love but now hate

As I mentioned the last time ‘hate’ came up I find the term a little strong to apply to a film, especially if we’re talking going from loving something down to actually hating it. However, a movie I used to like but now somewhat dislike is:

King Kong

King Kong

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After first watching King Kong and coming out of the cinema I was convinced that Peter Jackson had managed it again, making a great film filled with spectacular effects and action and telling a good story. When I watched it again a couple of years later the most noticeable thing was that it was very, very long.

At about three hours, the film is comparable in length to any entry in Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but whereas The Lord of the Rings is an epic struggle of heroes and free nations against the forces of evil, filled with perilous journeys and huge battles to decide the fate of the land, King Kong is about a group of people capturing a giant gorilla and accidentally letting it loose in New York. The scale isn’t the same and it’s not really an idea that demands three hours of your time.

The film reaches three hours by taking its time with everything. If memory serves it’s pretty much an hour before Kong is introduced as the film spends a lot of time introducing all the characters on the ship (who mostly die on the island), then most of the next hour involves meeting the tribe, meeting Kong, Ann bonding with Kong, the others trying to rescue her, and fights with the dinosaurs, before the final hour finishes up with the New York rampage and the Empire State climax.

It’s still not a bad film by any means and I certainly don’t hate it. The special effects are still spectacular, Kong is a great character (Andy Serkis does a great job humanising him without straying too far into making him a human who just looks like a gorilla), the other central characters are pretty good, and the action scenes are good even if they’re a bit lengthy. It just feels like a film that could lose huge chunks from each hour and lose no continuity or important action, and it makes a bit difficult to watch because it’s not a story that needs that kind of commitment.

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