He pretty much confirmed it at SDCC.
The CGI is pretty realistic here.
People sort of forget that the original Kong was kind of hodge-podge of simian features, rather than just being a gorilla. This looks like a bit of a return to that.
I think how a Kong of this massive scale will interact with his environment will be the deciding factor for the CGI's effectiveness, but it certainly looks more than acceptable.
I'm good with it. It's not as if there are any real 50+ foot tall simians to simulate. If we're willing to posit a giant gorilla or ape, I think we can go along with the beast having its own unique mix of features.
The director confirms that the 1933 version was the biggest, most direct inspiration for the design:
We know by now that director's good intentions and history as a fan of a specific genre are no guarantees of quality, but I found the interview heartening.
This isn't true at all.
First, despite the closer external adherence to the original film, Jackson's film actually has more in common with the 1976 film. Secondly, Kong wasn't the problem in Jackson's film. He was realized very, very well and felt like a "real" character. The film's bloat wasn't from slavishness to the '33 version.
I did find it interesting that the director pointedly trashed Edwards' use of the monster in 2014's Godzilla, given he works for the same company and they're looking to tie these two monsters together in 4 years.
Why not? I like that it occurs before Godzilla's arrival in 2014 and also paints a more interesting picture of the giant creatures alluded to in that film via MONARCHs involvement.
The trailer may be a poor representation, but the vibe I get from it isn't dour gravitas. It's mysterious action that takes the story seriously but not ponderously. The original film was much the same.
It...it looks like a monkey?
Yeah, that was odd. Could just be an unfiltered opinion, but I do wonder if there's an element of sour grapes there. I remember Godzilla getting a lot of hype (and rightly so based on that great first trailer) and I haven't really gotten the impression that people are as pumped for this, though that could also be a product of this (seemingly) aiming a bit lower towards standard blockbuster fare and thus not engendering the same fervor as the potential for a truly amazing high-faultin' kaiju flick did.
I mostly agree. Something having gravitas does not preclude it from also being a mysterious adventure. The trailer struck me as selling an energy, an urgency, and an intensity that - coupled with the basic Kong/Skull Island iconography - could make for a really cool approach.
I had the worst seat (front row, middle, against the dirty window) and still had a blast.
It's also nice to see Terry Notary get above-the-title credit with the rest of the cast, as he's been a pretty unsung guy working behind the scenes on a lot of big movies over the last several years.
Yeah, that's really cool that Notary is getting that level of recognition. Looking forward to the new trailer this week.
Well, in my previous post above, the linked interview has the director saying he prefers showing Kong off, and isn't a fan of hiding the monster for big chunks of the film. Looks like the marketing is falling in line with that thinking.
Don't worry, I'm sure the final one-sheet will be fully stocked with floating heads! We should enjoy these teasers while we can.
He knows how to walk like a bunch of different fictional and fantastical creatures.
When you watch as many bonus features as I do, it's hard not to notice that he's had a hand in a ton of stuff recently.