King Kong. The critics are loony for it, audiences love it, and itâ€™s certain to make the kind of money most often seen these days by the top shelf superhero franchises. No wonder, really, since thereâ€™s a double barrel branding at work, Kong, the big ape, himself, and the other 8000-lb. gorilla, director Peter Jackson.
The fact is, Kong is an astonishing achievement and authentically spectacularâ€”no CGI creation has ever seemed this realâ€”and the film cries out for huge screens and state-of-the-art sound systems. This is not a movie for the DVD footdraggers.
But those imagining this might be a revisionist look at the original Kong are going to miss the fact that while the 1933 version was a simple story, the new version is equally simple, with a similar amount of clunky undertow.