Well, apparently someone forgot to tell Fox 2000 that King Kong was coming out this week, because they accidentally The Family Stone into wide release today. Everyone else was wise enough to stay away from the giant ape.
- King Kong: Despite the endless, inescapable hype for Peter Jackson's three hour (Three hours. No intermission. Drink nothing.) remake, reviews are actually pretty mixed. Everyone thinks it's too long, but not everyone is bothered - some, in fact, relish the opportunity to wallow in the excess. A few, however, are put off by the endless effects, and find that the movie, in the end, is sort of hollow at its center. No matter whether they like it or not, however, every single critic I've found is blown away by the relationship between Kong and Naomi Watts' Ann Darrow - the acting and writing actually manage to make love between a woman and a CGI monkey not only convincing, but also powerfully compelling.
- The Family Stone: As commonly happens with Holiday Films, the reactions to this one are, yes, mixed. Some people think it's wonderfully acted, well-written, and touching, while others are annoyed and bored by what they see as a misguided and smug movie. (Happily, the most annoyed is Mick LaSalle, whose writing gets even better when he's exasperated.) Really the only thread that shows up in more than a few reviews is regard for Sarah Jessica Parker's performance, in which she brings depth and intelligence to a character that not everyone is even sure it supposed to have them. So yeah, it's safe to say she's officially recovered from Sex and the City. Good for her.