Well I did drag myself on the spur of the moment to a cinema to watch a movie this week. Thanks in part to the Cinemasnobs midnight screenings review of the film on youtube.
Firstly the extra video at the start by the director and main cast of the movie thanking the Vietnamese for letting them film there was a nice touch, Id like to see where they actually filmed and see if I can find the spots myself. Maybe a personal goal whilst Im here.
Now onto the film.
Wow did I hit all the right notes on watching the movie, first I decided to splurge on the type of cinema and went with a 4DX screen, which is a 3d screen with moving seats, smoke, flashing lights and jets of mist being thrown about during the whole movie.
The feeling was frankly amazing, at first I thought it would be distracting to be constantly moved about to follow the screen or have water throw at me, but the moments were timed so well I genuinely was throwing my hands up as Kong threw water about. The feeling of his stomps running through the seat as he was leaping about, and the use of flashing lights for scenes that involved flashing cameras or lighting really put me into the movie. I don’t think its the right choice for all movies, but this was perfect for Kong.
The film has a feel of the classic Indiana Jones films, the tempo is fast, the characters don’t annoy or overstay their welcome with drawn out scenes (well maybe there is one or two scenes that were kind of meh but they didnt last).
The music is excellent, defiantly a worthy soundtrack purchase.
Kong and the monsters look good, not super realistic, but not bad either, they fit with the characters and get the job done, looking intimidating and being powerful.
The movie is snappy and fast, you wont feel the time fly by (I actually was worried it would end too soon but it wasn’t a issue).
The 3d was nice, I think I got more out of the 4DX then the 3d but that might be my eyes, but having depth to a film is way better then having it just flat for sure. This will be a vr movie to buy is I can ever get enough money saved up for one.
The credits are in 3d too and more importantly DO NOT LEAVE TILL THE VERY END. I wont say why but it’ll be worth it.
A worthy movie to watch and buy, and I look forward to more from the company and possible future movies like this.
This is by far a better paced movie then the Godzilla film from 2014, and shows that things were learnt from the audiences feelings towards the appearances of the monsters and general storyline. If this is setting the stage for future projects Im going to be a very happy man.