Maverick filmmaker Carl Denham (Black) is determined to shoot his latest adventure flick on a mysterious, unexplored island, despite the fact his bosses want to close the picture down and his leading lady’s walked. With the authorities on his tail, he convinces Ann Darrow (Watts) to join him aboard the Venture — a ship which takes the actress to that very island to meet her giant-gorilla-shaped destiny…
Unlike its newly trim director, Kong does boast some flab around the middle but by the final reel there’s little doubt that 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.
Reviewed by Dan Jolin
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