Posts Tagged ‘Peter Jackson’

Kong: Skull Island – A Big-Budget Sandbox

Posted 29 Mar 2017 — by Ezra Stead
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Ezra Stead 

Kong: Skull Island, USA, 2017

Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Nothing can destroy one’s enjoyment of a new movie like anticipation, and this type of (sometimes) misplaced enthusiasm is never more likely to occur than when it is attached to a new version of a beloved property. As excited as audiences might have been about, say, Jurassic Park in 1993, the anticipation for its sequel a few years later was bound to be even higher, leaving open the road for diminishing returns down which that particular franchise has been barreling ever since. 60 years before that first Jurassic movie, there was a little black-and-white classic without which Spielberg’s masterpiece likely never would have come to exist; that, of course, was the original King Kong, and if you’re not a pretty huge fan of that one, I’m kind of surprised you’re even reading this.

Needless to say, going into Kong: Skull Island, I had mixed feelings of hope and despair, balancing out to a sort of cautious optimism. Kong’s last big-screen outing, at the hands of Peter Jackson and company in 2005, was certainly reverent of the source material and technically impressive overall, if perhaps over-ambitious, and certainly a bit bloated at over three hours. Luckily, Skull Island has all the technical prowess of its predecessor with none of the awkward self-seriousness. It is a wildly entertaining romp from start to finish, and without a doubt my second-favorite Kong movie yet (I’m pretty sure most fans of the 1976 version are really just fans of young Jessica Lange).  Read More

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – No Muggles Allowed

Posted 28 Nov 2010 — by Jason A. Hill
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Didn't Get

By Jason A. Hill

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, UK / USA, 2010

Directed by David Yates

Harry Potter is one of the most successful franchises in film history. I’ll admit right away that I have never picked up a Harry Potter novel. By the same token, I have seen every one of the Harry Potter movies. I guess that shows where my loyalties lie, or maybe I’m just too lazy to read anymore. Adaptations are pretty common these days in Hollywood, and with more and more epics being put on the big screen, there may be a problem with sacrificing a little too much for “literary integrity” at the expense of a complete film. Up until now, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has grossed over $400 million at the box office worldwide (the number six opening weekend of all time) and will certainly be among the top films in earnings history, but is this film really that good, or are we just falling victim to “completism”?

Going in, it was no secret that this film is just a prelude to the real final chapter of the Harry Potter story, but I resent the fact that one can’t seem to enjoy this film on its own. Instead, it has to be viewed as just an episode. Read More