Monday, August 16, 2010
Daily Monsterism #4
The 1970’s remake of King Kong is, in retrospect, a painfully average movie buy today's standards, but it did hit a number of really good notes. Charles Grodin as Fred Wilson (the uninspired and bland renaming of Carl Denham) is gold, as is Jeff Bridges in one of his earliest roles, and the scenes involving the natives are actually pretty creepy. John Barry’s score is fantastic, too, although Kong himself, while very impressive thirty odd years ago and certainly very impressive during my early childhood, leaves a lot to be desired. He still does look rather cool in a number of sequences today, but you look at it and can tell straight away that it’s a dude in a big monkey suit.