King Kong

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    An adventure film about a film crew in search of a monster on a remote island. The crew finds King Kong and decides to take him back to New York as a money making spectacle. The film is a masterpiece of Stop-Motion in filmmaking history and inspired a line of King Kong films.

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    The story, like Frankenstein and Dracula, has taken on the significance of a modern folk tale, layered with obvious moralizing and as familiar as personal history.

    5/5
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    "King Kong," as spectacular a bolt of celluloid as has thrilled audiences in a couple of sophisticated seasons, is the product of a number of vivid imaginations.

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    Wholly enjoyable.

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    Kong mystifies as well as it horrifies, and may open up a new medium for scaring babies via the screen.

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    Willis O'Brien did the stop-action animation for this 1933 feature, which is richer in character than most of the human cast.

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    The throbbing heart of the film lies in the creation of the semi-human simian himself, an immortal tribute to the Hollywood dream factory...

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    In many ways, Kong is still king.

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    Through multiple exposures, processed 'shots' and a variety of angles of camera wizardry the producers set forth an adequate story and furnish enough thrills for any devotee of such tales.

    4/5
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    Even allowing for its slow start, wooden acting and wall-to-wall screaming, there is something ageless and primeval about King Kong that still somehow works.

    4/4
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    It clocks in at over three hours, but Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 classic is gripping nonetheless.

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    It takes a while to get everybody to Skull Island, about 70 minutes, but it's time extremely well-spent.

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    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.

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    Our response to the ape's doom, once touched by authentic tragedy, is now marked by relief that this wretchedly excessive movie is finally over.

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    Kong has heart, and he's willing to show it in a movie made with wit, excitement and moments of visionary beauty.

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    King Kong isn't terrible, but it's something that none of Jackson's previous movies ever was -- it's enervating.

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    Jackson took a huge risk with King Kong. But the movie that no film lover wanted him to make is sure to become the blockbuster that everyone is going to want to see, and with good reason.

    4/4
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    One hundred eighty-seven minutes of mesmerization, astonishment, thrills, chills, spills, kills and ills, Peter Jackson's big monkey picture show is certainly the best popular entertainment of the year.

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    The unrelenting computer-animated action suffocates what seems to have been the movie's main purpose, to expand on the Kong-Ann relationship.

    1/4
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    Although King Kong is spectacular, its power doesn't reside in its glittering vision of 1933 Manhattan, Jackson's virtuoso flourishes or his computer-generated effects. It's so much simpler: When the gorilla touches the girl, he touches our hearts.

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    It starts too slowly and suffers from weak dialogue and less-than-epic acting. But as popcorn movies go, this is the year's popcorniest.

    3/5
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    Silly, pointless and obscenely overproduced.

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    Serkis' contribution truly is something we've never seen, an entirely new category of computer-enhanced acting. With not a word of dialogue, he brings to life a close cousin to man with whom we can empathize, yet is never too human-like.

    4/4
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    There are some dazzling moments and remarkably clunky ones, a stitched together mixture of old and new, a genre tour that jumps in tone from jaunty comedy to sci-fi horror to laboured social commentary.

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    Good things do come in big packages. The trick for any filmmaker is to find the small movie within the big one, which is exactly what Peter Jackson does in King Kong.

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    It's the rare kind of movie that makes too much seem like a good idea.

    3/4
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    In a word, Jackson's King Kong is spectacular, awesome, phenomenal and breathtaking. OK, so I can't boil it down to one word.

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    At three hours, Jackson's Kong is too bloated and digressive to match the pure adrenaline of the first film, perhaps the finest B-movie ever made.

    3/5
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    There's no denying the monumentality of Jackson's achievement, which intermittently lives up to Denham's showbiz credo: 'Magic for the price of a ticket.'

    B+
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    Too big for its own good, too pure of heart to diminish, brawling, magnificent, heroic and flawed: That's King Kong, and that's King Kong.

    3/4
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    Like Black's craven filmmaker, Jackson swells into a madman impresario, so hell-bent on topping himself that he doesn't know when to cut and run.

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    It's as if Jackson got so excited about his creatures he forgot about his characters.

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    Peter Jackson has run the original 1933 King Kong through his epic imaginarium and given us the year's most thrilling entertainment. Also its most heartbreaking love story.

    4/4
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    Jackson spoils us with riches in this film, with one impossible sequence after another; the result is overwhelming but pleasantly so.

    3/4
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    King Kong rules, and the big ape's reign is almost problem-free.

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    While one cannot deny his giant-sized filmmaking gifts or his showmanship, nor can we ignore how thin the air of self-importance feels by the time every last digital effect has been pulled out of the magic bag.

    3/4
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    Monstrous. Monumental. Magnificent. Use any term you want, there's no denying the power, genius and spectacle of King Kong, which is certainly the biggest movie of the year and possibly the biggest movie ever made.

    A+
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    Jackson is filmmaker and entertainer enough to use all the technology at his disposal without losing sight of the sublimely improbable story of beast and beauty, and the exquisitely realized islands they call home.

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    This is one of the year's best films.

    4/4
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    You've seen it all before but most assuredly never like this.

    3/4
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    A big, bold, gigantor of an action movie that's part head-knocking smackdown, part intimate beauty and the beast and thoroughly entertaining a lot of the time.

    B+
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    Given the excessive length and bombastic F/X, there's too much action and precious little poetry.

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    With a wizard at the helm, there are times when re-makes can be glorious things.

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    Peter Jackson's remake is as much a tribute to the old, seat-of-the-pants spirit of early motion pictures as it is an exercise in technological bravura.

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    Jackson is a visionary filmmaker who is not only a technical wizard but also a master storyteller.

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    Most great movies are lucky to have a handful of moments to remember; King Kong has at least two dozen.

    4/4
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    A travelogue through popular movie genres, it passes from socially conscious drama to comedy, romance, horror, adventure, science-fiction fantasy and doomed love story, cleverly quoting the styles and tropes to which we've become accustomed along the way.

    4/5
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    However jawdropping the big effects (there's a dinosaur stampede and some giant white worms who suck men into their squishy maws), they're tenderly elbowed aside by scenes of tender intimacy.

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    This Kong is high-powered entertainment, but Jackson pushes too hard and loses momentum over the more than three hours of the movie.

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    This is a great thrill ride with the occasionally beautiful moment, as when Kong and Ann admire a sunset. Pay no attention to the December 14th release date, I think this is really a classic summer movie.

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    Here is the jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-stopping movie epic we've been waiting for all year.

    4/4
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    The movie seals Jackson's reputation: He's the most gifted big-picture artist working today, a master of epics from a human-eye view who excels at employing 21st-century technological wizardry to suit the needs of ageless, personal storytelling.

    A
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    What's up on screen is rarely short of staggering.

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    The $200 million-plus spectacle is funny when it wants to be, exhilarating when it needs to be and a sentimental triumph at the end.

    4/4
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    Peter Jackson's King Kong is the most thrilling, soulful monster picture ever made. At last, it can be said without irony -- I laughed, I cried.

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    This is spectacle filmmaking at its best, where a director is in tune with the story's underlying emotions and his own boyish love for adventure fantasy.

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