King Kong (1976)

PG   |    |  Adventure, Horror

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A petroleum exploration expedition comes to an isolated island and encounters a colossal giant gorilla.




  • Rick Baker in King Kong (1976)
  • Jessica Lange in King Kong (1976)
  • Rick Baker in King Kong (1976)
  • Rick Baker in King Kong (1976)
  • Rick Baker in King Kong (1976)
  • Rick Baker and Frank Van der Veer in King Kong (1976)

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11 December 2005 | pbubny-1
| Better than it's given credit for
I know, I know--anything from the '70s that didn't star Jack Nicholson or wasn't directed by Martin Scorcese is suspect these days, and if you're talking about a heavily-hyped remake of an indisputable classic, the urge to take potshots is irresistible. But despite the dated special effects and elements of camp, the movie does not fall on its face into a Kong footprint. The doomed love that the giant beast felt for the beauty (who, in the person of Jessica Lange, is a stunner) is well-delineated, there's actual excitement and suspense, and the allusions to the rape of the environment by "civilization" are not amiss here. Moreover, the movie's intended humor really is funny. And John Barry's score has stayed with me all these years, although the same basic sound recurred in his music for "Out of Africa" and "Dances with Wolves." For anyone who was in New York on 9/11, there's an inadvertent poignancy in this movie's concluding scenes at the Twin Towers. I'm sure that within a few weeks of posting this, I will have seen Peter Jackson's new version, which updates the effects with CGI technology yet returns the story to the 1930s. Speaking of heavily-hyped remakes...

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