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Oscar®-winning director Peter Jackson(Lord of the Rings), realizes a childhood dream with his version of the 1933 monster movie that inspired him to become a filmmaker. This retelling of the classic tale about a giant ape who is kidnapped from his jungle island habitat is and then dragged to New York to become a Broadway attraction is a faithful adaptation of the original. Jackson gives a new meaning to action in this spectacular new treatment in this critically acclaimed adventure epic. From the casting of Watts and the sece-stealing Black, to the jaw-dropping, Oscar®-winning Sound and Visual Effects—including Kong himself—this truly is a stunning film to see and another in a long line of great Kong movies.
Reviews Counted: 258
Fresh: It clocks in at over three hours, but Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic is gripping nonetheless.-Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, May 29, 2011
Fresh: As it is a remake, it doesn't have the shock Lord Of The Rings possessed upon its release, but this is a beautiful beast of a B-movie, thrilling and touching.-, Film4, May 29, 2011
Fresh: It takes a while to get everybody to Skull Island, about 70 minutes, but it's time extremely well-spent.-Bob Mondello, NPR.org, October 18, 2008
Fresh: A bit more time in the editing room could've lifted it into great blockbuster territory. instead we've got a sporadically entertaining escapade that never captures our hearts like it so desperately wants too.-Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons, January 15, 2008
I have to agree with Jim. I would like to have been able to pick an alternate ending where Kong survives and goes back to his kingdom.
Reviewer: Sal Review refers to DVD version
King Kong is well made and all but what's the point in it being all epic and making King Kong have a heart of gold if it was just going to make his predictable death so heart-breaking. Plus I was hoping Kong would eat Jack Black with his one last breath when he said "beauty killed beast", you took Kong off the island, so no...you killed the beast. Hate that ending..
Reviewer: Jim Review refers to DVD version
Movie way toooooo long! Became tired of watching. Dinosaur scene unrealistic, voo doo scene creepy but LOL how voo doo ppl threw beauty to the beast. No mercy lol!
Reviewer: Cherise Review refers to DVD version