Octopus Hat
We have the technology!

Thursday, December 18, 2003  

'Bout Time I Weighed In
We of course did the whole midnight movie thing on Tuesday night for the big Return of the King opening, and I've been kinda avoiding posting about it because I'm not really sure what to say about it. I don't just want to spout out some superlative filled review, but if any film deserves one it is Return of the King. I could say it is good or great, I could say easily the best film of the young decade, I could quote the many glowing reviews or the insanely good rating over at www.rottentomatoes.com, but really it would just be another geek getting all hyperbolic about the film. The film is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but its flaws are very much over shadowed by its brilliance; everything comes together just right in the final chapter of the trilogy. The film is at the same time the most emotional and kinetic of the three films with Jackson blending the epic scope of one of the biggest battles in cinematic history with the intense character drama between the hobbits and Gollum alone in the wastelands.

Now that the whole Lord of the Rings saga is complete (well, it will be when the extended cut of RotK comes out next November,) I think it is safe to say that it will go down in History as one of the masterpieces of cinematic achievement. And I challenge anyone to say differently. Against all odds Peter Jackson has gone from making tiny shlock-horror cult movies to one of the biggest trilogies in the history of Hollywood, and it is only fitting that his next project will be to tackle the very heavy cinematic burden of remaking King Kong. I think everyone would agree that there is no need to remake King Kong (again.) The 1933 original is one of the most iconic movies ever made and was to Hollywood in the Thirties what Lord of the Rings is to the Hollywood of today: an impossible achievement. But Jackson has done the impossible more than once, so I'm all for him giving Kong a shot, if anyone can make the big ape as awe inspiring and relevant as he was in the Thirties it's Jackson.

posted by JMV | 12/18/2003 05:07:00 PM
Octopus Hat
Pics From Flickr
Other’s Blogs
Me, Elsewhere
Buy John Beer
Weblog Commenting and Trackback by HaloScan.com