2017 **** 118 mins.
Based on what I saw in the theatrical trailers for this film, I wasn't expecting much when I went to see it in theatres. However, I was pleasantly surprised. It's actually a very, very good film that actually takes monster movie cliches and turns them on their heads. In truth, the film owes a lot more to Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and the film Apocalypse Now than any monster movie. So much so, that the IMAX poster was designed to emulate the classic Apocalypse Now poster. The film makes very good use of 3D, as well, really putting the viewer into the action. One sequence that especially comes to mind is when Kong attacks the helicopters approaching the island. For much of the sequence, the camera is inside helicopters, so you really feel like you're in the action. There are some great, atypical characters, and the post-credits scene is beyond AWESOME!!!!!
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Digital 3D)
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language.
Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly