Iain Gray Freelance Writer

King Kong - Review

A struggling actress in depression-era New York is plucked from obscurity to star in a movie to be shot on the mysterious, and supposedly uninhabited, Skull Island…

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Peter Jackson’s reverential, near-perfect remake of the 1933 film transforms the titular character from a one-off freak of nature to the ageing final survivor of a great lineage, replete with hard-won scars, a broken jaw and grey hairs.

Crucially, however, the beast retains the original’s animal brutality, which makes his humanity all the more affecting, and by the time Kong reaches his dizzying last stand atop the Empire State Building, the three-odd hours will have passed in an exhilarating blur, leaving you breathlessly excited and emotionally winded.


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