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Featuring state-of-the-art special effects, terrific performances, and a majestic sense of spectacle, Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong is a potent epic that's faithful to the spirit of the 1933 original. Read critic reviews

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Peter Jackson's expansive remake of the 1933 classic follows director Carl Denham (Jack Black) and his crew on a journey from New York City to the ominous Skull Island to film a new movie. Accompanying him are playwright Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) and actress Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), who is whisked away by the monstrous ape, Kong, after they reach the island. The crew encounters dinosaurs and other creatures as they race to rescue Ann, while the actress forms a bond with her simian captor.

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  • It clocks in at over three hours, but Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic is gripping nonetheless.

    May 29, 2011 | Full Review…
  • It takes a while to get everybody to Skull Island, about 70 minutes, but it's time extremely well-spent.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Kong is a showy, state-of-the-art popcorn movie, faithful to the spirit of the 1933 original but generously adrenalized with the best effects money can buy.

    November 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Despite admirable chest thumping and Watts' wonderfully enhanced scream, there is still only one true king.

    September 28, 2006 | Full Review…
  • As for Kong himself, although the computer has played a large part in his creation, he could never be considered as anything less than real.

    July 1, 2006 | Full Review…
  • What could have been Jackson's folly is a triumph, the kind of romantic action spectacle that makes the big screen silver and provides box-office gold. Puts the prime in primate.

    April 1, 2006 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It clocks in at over three hours, but Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic is gripping nonetheless.

    May 29, 2011 | Full Review…
  • It takes a while to get everybody to Skull Island, about 70 minutes, but it's time extremely well-spent.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Kong is a showy, state-of-the-art popcorn movie, faithful to the spirit of the 1933 original but generously adrenalized with the best effects money can buy.

    November 1, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Despite admirable chest thumping and Watts' wonderfully enhanced scream, there is still only one true king.

    September 28, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Does it improve on its landmark predecessor? Of course not. But on its own terms, this interpretation gets the job done in often spectacular fashion.

    March 26, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Some sequences are less convincing than others, but the technology has improved to such a degree that it's undeniably impressive to see Kong during his most famous routines.

    October 9, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for King Kong

  • Mar 24, 2016
    I actually really like this film. Yeah the first half is kinda meh but the 2nd half is very solid as well as the film including great special effects and Kong looks so real. Overall a really good film.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2014
    Let me be clear, there are certain things here that absolutely do not work in just about every element in the movie from the screenplay to the performances and even the special effects but then enough greatness exists in those same areas that I tend to overlook/excuse the flaws.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2014
    Intolerably long and special effects driven, King Kong is a giant clusterf*ck. When a shady filmmaker takes a crew to the mysterious Skull Island for his latest picture they end up in a fight for their lives against savage natives and giant monsters. While Jackson pays homage to the original film in a lot of ways, he also subverts it with some dramatic changes; such as rewriting Carl Denham to be a shyster. But what hurts the film most is the excessiveness, scenes go on three times as long as they should and end up killing all of the wonder and excitement that they initially create. The green screen work is also a problem, as the actors are poorly integrated into the CGI backgrounds and never quite blend in. An untamed mess, King Kong is overblown and unfocused.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2013
    Although I thought the dialogue was contrived at times with Jack Black's performance, this Peter Jackson remake is at least slightly more emotionally invested than what the 1933 version offered within the human characters. The visual effects are notably as entirely mind-blowing throughout for this modern era in cinema as the '33 one was for it's era, but this time with intense photo-realism on not just the giant gorilla and dinos, but also the insects and bats as a new addition. What I wish to have seen in this version was the gorilla turning on it's own tribal worshipers as the '33 one depicted plus the dead gorilla seen falling down from the Empire State from a far away camera angle instead of a close top-down view.
    Max G Super Reviewer

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