An ambitious remake by our beloved Peter Jackson to remake the move that made him want to make movies in the first place, and it was everything you could want. Not only for the fact that it’s ridiculously entertaining, it’s just a great movie, who’s only real downfall is its length (which is a short 200 minutes, but a lot of people will feel it hard to sit through before seeing it, and therefore wait to rent). Even though it is a very long movie, I don’t know if I’d want it to be any shorter. I’m sure some people will complain about the length of some of the action sequences, but I didn’t really mind. There are moments when you can tell that the special effects have kicked in (mainly in the animations of the human characters), but like when you notice it in Lord of the Rings, you forgive it and move on, because it’s just a good movie. Whereas those same moments in Matrix Reloaded make you go “Oh great, I’m in a video game now” and it’s harder to forgive because the movie just isn’t as good.
I especially love how Kong himself had such a distinct personality, and Jackson really used facial expressions with him a lot, but not to the point that it’s just cheesy and dumb looking. Creating Kong as such really makes the tragic love story come to life. It was also fun to hear the entire movie theater squirm during the part with the bugs, and I wonder if Peter Jackson was just chuckling to himself when he heard that. I’m really not sure what else to say. It’s just a genuinely enjoyable movie, and everything a popcorn movie should be. Nowadays with Doom, Fantastic Four, and Spiderman, it seems so hard to find a popcorn movie that is also a well made movie. This is one.
Overall Rating: 4.25