I watched Kong: Skull Island yesterday. It was good, not great. The humans were better than those in 2014 Godzilla, but not by some extraordinary margin. The monster design was a little bit weaker, though. At first I liked the Skullcrawlers, but by the end of movie I wanted to see something a little more interesting. Plus, Kong is always better when he fights dinosaurs, as is any movie ever. Can you imagine Rocky if at the end he had to face off with a velociraptor? Yeah, I just ruined your life because it doesn't have that in it. I liked Peter Jackson's King Kong better, despite the great editor shortage of 2005 which clearly existed. Kong the character was simply more captivating, and its heightened 1930's setting had a bit more magic in it. Not that the Vietnam-era setting used here wasn't creative or well served. The temporal setting was one of the highlights of Skull Island. Now I really want to watch the original King Kong again. I think I was just out of high school when I watched it before, and I would love to revisit it.
Later that night, I think I watched what could truly be described as the opposite: "Lagaan: Once a Time in India". It's a Bollywood movie from 2001 telling a completely fictional story of how an Indian village in 1890ish first learned of cricket, and used it to win a game against the oppressively-assholeish Brittish governor, and win a bet freeing them from 3 years worth of tax. It was very good, and quite refreshing to see a movie completely removed from the Hollywood system which clearly operates with its own cinematic language and expectations. And yeah, Bollywood songs are freaking ear-wormy. Throw in my friend's homemade chicken curry, and it was a damn good night.
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