PopInPicsPresents wrote:Peter Jackson would have made a BEAST Godzilla movie.
3 hours long and obviously made by an obsessive nerd? No thanks.
...That was kind of unfair. But still, his Kong remake reeked of fanboyism. He probably isn't the same way about Godzilla, but still. He's a little TOO much like us. And 3 hours long (his typical movie length from what I can see) is just too long for a Godzilla movie.
I've always found the "3 hour complaint" about Jackson's movies to be a false and lazy one. He's directed around a dozen movies, and most of them are under 2 hrs long. The LORD OF THE RINGS films needed to be long, given the length and complexity of the original novels, and Jackson and his writers did a fantastic job of condensing the stories without losing what made the books so popular in the first place. KING KONG was the only film where he expanded on the original material, and while not of all that works I think much of it does and I can understand why he did it. The original film was made during the Great Depression so the audience didn't need that aspect of the story explained to them... all they had to do was walk outside the theater and it was right in front of them. But many people today don't know or care about history, so a modern version has to show and explain it so audiences understand why that time affects the characters and motivates their actions. And that adds to the running time.
The original KING KONG was based in part on the perception of gorillas in 1933. The 2005 KING KONG tells that story but from the modern understanding of how gorillas actually are. I think that both honors the original story while also bringing a unique voice to it. And combined with other details like the fresh take on the Ann/Kong relationship, or the amount of thought that went into developing Skull Island, it makes Jackson's KING KONG an exceptionally good film, flaws (and there definitely are some) and all. I only wish an American GODZILLA would be given that much thought, respect, and excitement for the source material.