A famous Japanese folktale with a modern sci-fi twist wields middling results. The bizarre and often hilarious first half comes grinding to a halt when the movie becomes a heartfelt allegory about love, imagination, and mortality. The costume design is beautiful, the special effects are wonderfully 80's, and that end credits song by Peter Cetera is head scratching. Definitely worth a viewing.
The fact that this is such an experiment, or should I say, a departure for Hitchcock is why I like it so much. It's not his most suspenseful, but it has its moments. Like the simplicity of the long take of Mrs. Wilson cleaning the table really gets me.
So this does it. This ends my King Kong marathon.
1933, 1976, and 2005.
What did I think of Peter Jackson's adaption?
I've got to say, pretty dang awesome.
Jackson captures the feel and essence of the thirty's so incredibly well, that my favourite parts of the movie were that in the beginning and the end when we spend time in New York City. His attention to detail is extraordinary. The original clocked in at an hour and forty-six minutes,…