‘Long Live a King': Film Review

The everlasting story of fiction’s biggest hulk monkey, as told to Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger.

A comfortable sign that there were fanboys before a era done famous by Kevin Smith and The Simpsons‘ comic-book guy, Frank Dietz Trish Geiger’s Long Live a King interviews a slew of comparison King Kong fans about a impression and his many, many incarnations. Most of a interviewees went into a movie-magic biz themselves — particularly Joe Dante, who done a small quadruped underline of his possess called Gremlins. But interviewees both famous and problematic are joined by their monkey-love in this common though beguiling production, that might do good in one-off bookings though would make a many clarity as a reward underline in a Kong video box set.

Odds aren’t good that any spectator would come to this though meaningful a tract of 1933’s King Kong, though a doc starts — after some effusiveness in that one member calls it “the biggest film ever made” — with a fun summation of usually that, entrance from a mouths of both video-generation group and those who detected it around all-week TV bookings on NYC’s Million Dollar Movie. You had to work to see an aged film in those days, and a bid bred loyalty. Having spent most of a rest of their lives rewatching it and reading about a film’s production, interviewees like The Walking Dead‘s Greg Nicotero and Simpsons writer Dana Gould indicate out what was well-developed about it — a romantic elocution of a puppet, for instance — and non-trivial pieces of trivia, like a large share of screenwriting credit due to a womanlike scribe, Ruth Rose.

Kong was so successful a supplement was rushed out a really same year. Our hosts lamentation that Son of Kong was too light in tinge and not as technically inspired; and so starts a 40-minute or so widen in that they’ll describe verdicts on big- and small-screen appearances by both a genuine King and his many imitators. Mighty Joe Young fares good in these evaluations, a slicker prolongation with a some-more human-acting beast, and even a sad tour like King Kong vs. Godzilla turns out to have a scarcely distressing story behind a scenes.

Nobody wants to wholly impact a Dino De Laurentiis reconstitute from 1976, mostly since geek God Rick Baker was concerned and a movie’s new damsel, Jessica Lange, was such a babe. (Prepare to see aging group make a integrate too many drooly remarks about a immature actresses expel conflicting Kong.) But they haven their top regard for Peter Jackson, who came to his possess chronicle armed with a loyal believer’s fervor.

Career summation aside, one good note comes when famous movie-memorabilia gourmet Bob Burns discusses a esteem possession: a usually flourishing steel armature used to spur a strange Kong. He has reportedly incited down half-million-dollar offers for a artifact, though in other ways he’s not possessive: Special-effects oldster Tom Woodruff, Jr. remembers how Burns happily let him steal a armature so he could have a knowledge of animating a brief with it himself.


Production companies: Benevolent Monster Productions, Studio 7 Entertainment

Directors-Screenwriters: Frank Dietz, Trish Geiger

Executive producers: Scott Anderson, Steve Iverson, Brian Kelly Jones, Scott Weitz, Frank Winspur

Director of photography: Matthew Renoir

Editors: Frank Dietz, Andrew Kasch

Composer: Michael McCormack


67 minutes

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