Sunday, December 18, 2005

Kong FUD: King or Bomb?

Fox News reported on King Kong opening takings, the story and a reference are posted to Metafilter and the crew goes a bit nuts (136 comments at the time of writing). Mkultra contributed:

I'm so glad that everyone is buying, hook line and sinker, into the right-wing media machine that desperately wants Kong to bomb and Narnia to be the big hit of the holiday season.
Is the Fox story the first shot of a FUD campaign to keep cinema-goers away from the big ape? Possible, yes. Plausible, yes; generating doubt about King Kong and other films competing with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe would be in line with Fox's political leanings and they'd hear no complaints from their target audience / support base who funded the first of the Narnia series. But one article does not a campaign make.

And if it is, is the MeFi post observational, or a rallying cry to get people to the cinema?

Here's my prediction; people will see King Kong because it's Peter Jackson's first film since The Lord of the Rings trilogy and people want to be awed again. Maybe they'll hear about how emotional it gets. People will go & see The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe because they read the Narnia books as a kid, because it's more big screen fantasy ala Lord of the Rings & Harry Potter that the whole family can see, and because it looks cool. The christian allegory angle will work for some, but I suspect it'll be the converted anyways.


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