Larger than life

Naomi Watts does the unimaginable, reducing the big ape to second banana in the vastly entertaining, if overstuffed, 'King Kong.' Review B+

December 14, 2005|By MICHAEL SRAGOW | MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

When it comes to what's great about King Kong, it's not the harum-scarum. It's the girl.

That's not to put the title character down. Peter Jackson's King Kong resembles a DC Comics super ape. He boasts the brainpan of Gorilla Grodd and a scrambled version of Superman's power menu: He's faster than a locomotive, more powerful than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall jungle walls in a single bound. As the fearsome monarch of Skull Island, he can dispatch several dinosaurs at once with body-slamming wrestling moves, while holding a human in one hand.

King Kong (Universal) Starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody. Directed by Peter Jackson. Rated PG-13. Time 187 minutes.

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