Friday, December 16, 2005

King Kong vs Harry Potter

There's been a stupid and tedious campaign in Dubai over the last few weeks driven by people with nothing better to do. They are complaining because the UAE release of Potter has been delayed by two weeks so that the distributors can squeeze extra revenue out of King Kong. Well hey, this Old Boring Expat remembers when you wouldn't dream of getting to see the latest blockbuster in Dubai until months after the rest of the world had seen it.

Anyhoo, we went to see Kong yesterday and it was magnificent. It could have been an hour shorter (running time is a bit over three hours with an intermission), and to the management of the Grand Megaplex: we really did not enjoy the 25 minutes of ads and trailers that preceded it. Although I was pleased to see that they have now installed mobile phone blockers.

Back to the movie. The sets, special effects and photography were mind-blowing. The humans were quite good, but the monkey steals the show. Go see it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off, nice blog.

I saw Kong on opening day coz there's been hardly any good movies out in the past few months.

I agree with you that the movie could've been shorter, but the special effects/CG ... WOW!!!

I'm one of those who really like to see trailers, but it SUCKS that i've got to sit through 20 mins of BORING ads - mostly for stuff i'll never buy anyway (checked the cost of living lately?).

Looking forward to seeing Goblet of Fire and Narnia.

7:14 pm  
Blogger kaya said...

Saw both, preferred HP. Never was a Kong fan.

10:04 pm  
Blogger kaya said...

Sorry forgot to ask. Hows your car?

11:07 pm  
Anonymous Daddy in law said...

not seen it yet, maybe in scunny not so many ads, hows the bummer/beemer/bimmer

1:52 am  
Blogger Amrit(raj) said...

definitely... an hour shorter would have been just perfect - me thinks too!

10:27 am  
Blogger moryarti said...

Is it THAT long? If i want to hit the late show .. when will i be leaving? anyone?

3:05 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Mory: yepp, it's that long - you'll be in there for at least three and a half hours!

3:12 pm  
Blogger moryarti said...

thanks keefie - better stock-up on the nachos then.

4:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for pointing out the ridiculous HP obsession via 7Days. So sad to think it takes a freaking movie delay to motivate people in this town to 'protest.'

2:36 pm  
Blogger samuraisam said...

i haven't seen king kong, or any other hollywood blockbuster in the last 3 months, too expensive, and i realised, time after time after time, i was paying money to see movies, most of which i hated. piracy rocks.

Admit it, if the movie was 30-60 minutes shorter, you'd all be sitting there at the end with a minor shining of fulfillment, because thats how movies are engineered to make you feel, and you'd be wondering what could have been, it could've been so much more better with the extra 30-60 minutes there.

12:43 am  

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