Dylan, having just turned 12, is now full price. Damn these kids for growing up.
Peter Jackson has pulled off the definitive Kong. I think he finally put together a story that the 1933 and 1976 versions aspired to, but couldn't quite make. It was thrilling, funny, scary and heart breaking.
Casting was near perfect. I think Jack Black is going to go down as one of the finest actors of our time. No, really. I'm serious. He made you believe he was Carl Denholm and that is what acting is all about. The last line of the film was a risk. You would either laugh or get choked up. I got choked up.
The special effects were flawless. No need to suspend disbelief - it was all there on the screen.
The one thing I hate about these kinds of movies is that characters often behave in ways that don't make sense. Both from a real-life perspective and a sense of self-consitency in the film. In Kong, everybody's actions seemed plausible and within character.
I like that the natives of the hidden, south-seas island looked like south-seas islander and not Africans. Little things like that showed that Peter Jackson thought this movie out.
Dylan can only take a certain amount of intensity in a film and Kong pushed him to his limits. There is no gore, but there are a lot of tense moments and horrific deaths. Now he wants to play the video game.
Bottom line: Great Film, go see it.