Letters from our readers
Flight of Fantasy
Thank you for the wonderful Chronicles of Narnia article (”A Lion in Winter,” #854). After seeing the film the night before and having it take over our imagination, your cover was enough to throw us back into that fantasy world. And nothing made us happier than to see William Moseley looking so lust inducing. Plus, it was a nice break from our finals. We look forward to EW every week — being in college, it’s the only thing in Becky’s mailbox!
ASHLEY SEXTON AND BECKY NOVAK
Casting a Shadow
Count me as one flummoxed by the choice of Chinese actors to play all three major Japanese female characters in Memoirs of a Geisha (”The Women of Geisha,” #854). You quote Rob Marshall as saying the choice of Chinese actors is a ”nonissue,” as they were the best for the job. What about Uma Thurman, Halle Berry, and Cameron Diaz?
EW saved the best for last! A super cover shot of the king himself, Kong! The accompanying A-to-Z guide about the movie (”LexiKong,” #855) was entertaining too. The film brought me back to those grand Saturday afternoons during the movies era of the late 1930s and ’40s, and reminded me that I saw the original King Kong for 25 cents! I wonder how long it’ll take to pay off the loan I had to arrange to see the new and improved and expensive version?
I took off from work to see King Kong with my 76-year-old father. He introduced me to the original film years ago when I was a child. He loved that movie and I remember him turning our huge floor-model TV around so we could watch it while we ate dinner. It was the only time he had ever done that, and I knew it was something special for him. Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong is pure magic and is everything a movie should be. I was floored. I saw the tears in my dad’s eyes at the end of the film and I knew the giant ape had once again touched his heart. We talked about it all the way home, and then, when I found my copy of EW in the mailbox, it helped make the whole experience that much more special.
Finally, a talked-about film for Eric Bana that isn’t overshadowed by a green giant or Trojan miniskirts! The Munich article (”Deadly Games,” #855) fueled in me more anticipation of the film’s release, and no doubt the film will continue to be as controversial as it is touching. I want not only to see Spielberg’s vision of the story but also to enjoy a shining performance from one of my favorite actors.
Kudos to Scott Brown for his touching tribute to Richard Pryor (News & Notes, #855). His article captured the total essence of a brilliant comedian. Brown also brought back memories for me, who had just turned 13 when Pryor first appeared on SNL in 1975. I remember laughing my ass off during the ”word association” sketch (as well as later sketches like the Exorcist II parody with Thalamus Rasulala and the samurai face-off with John Belushi). After that show, I wanted to be like Pryor. Seeing him 22 years later in what would be his final film appearance in Lost Highway proved that even though MS robbed Pryor of his physical strength, his spirit was still intact. And that spirit lives on, not only through his legacy of film, TV, and stage work but through the other comedians he inspired.
LOWELL C. JOHNSON