So by default, it’s better than about 95% of what passes for science fiction in movies today. If the following promo peaks your interest, you’ll probably enjoy District 9. It’s not a masterpiece, but I’ve never seen or experienced anything quite like it.
I would caution that District 9 is not for everyone. The ending isn’t a complete downer, but everything leading up to it is brutal, dark and bleak. It’s an assault, one that’s not always easy to bear.
King Kong (2005), directed by Peter Jackson.
This is a good movie. The first hour is spent setting the tone and developing the characters; it takes place during the 1930s, when The Depression was in full swing: alcohol was banned, poverty was rampant, and jobs were scarce. Once the King Kong shows up though, that first hour seems almost irrelevant; you forget about the setting, clutching your chair-arm due to the excitement of the action sequences: battling dinosaurs, giant cockroaches, bats as big as airplanes… relief comes once they get off the island, but then they get sappy, with a stupid scene taking place on a frozen pond after the ape escapes from his shackles; however, some of the island scenes may give you nightmares.
I didn’t see the original 1924 King Kong, and I was around 10 when I saw the 1978 version. I had little expectations about it except knowing that Peter Jackson made it, so I expected a visual feast; and it delivers. There’s a lot of silly stuff in the film and some scenes are too long, but I enjoyed it. See it in a theater if you can, for the realistic special effects and sound.