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December 21, 2005

KONG, Kong, kong... pt2

Ok, so I was able to go see this epic again with my family over the weekend, and this time I was able to sit back and enjoy the ride.

It was exciting, and full of energy, my fiance kept looking over at me but I wouldn't turn away from the screen, I was homed in. It's a fantastic story so some of the action that occurs is a bit over the top and outside reality, but it wasn't about being grounded in reality, you can just go on this adventure in awe and laugh along this ride.

After all is said and done, it's still a bit long, some of if needed some tightening up. And other pieces never panned out, what happend to Jimmy? They built up the relationship between Hayes and Jimmy, but after they capture Kong, we never see what happend to Jimmy...

The other thing that was brought to my attention that didn't bother me until I thought about it is, once Jack and Ann fly off on the bat wing and land in the river, they cut to them running in the jungle pretty much at the native wall, I don't think this bothered me because it was leading up to about 6 of my shots in that seq, hehe but it's a huge leap from wet in the river to dry running in the jungle. Anyhow the movie works, a touch long, but some of the best action to be seen on the big screen for me, with a solid heart warming story.

As for the VFX, I've read a lot of threads and reviews and talk of the terrible spills, and dodgy this, black edges that, crappy weta compositing... and huge praise on Kong, the fur, the animation, etc.

There are a few moments and shots I cringe at, one of them my own shot that was an omit, but made it's way back int he cut. But as for the rest, I could care less, all the vfx shots are sucsessful and some are beautiful, and some are a bit dodgy, and tons nobody even thinks about being a vfx shot, but you know what? It doesn't matter one bit, it's still great work and fun to watch. Even if Ann in Kong's hand looks fakey at times... it is fake, :)

The team of compositors at Weta are made up of the best in the industry, bar none. So I'm sticking my tongue out to all the Kong Komp Bashers out there, =P

good night, and good luck.


Posted by dschnee at December 21, 2005 9:27 AM