Reviewing the Reviews: 'King Kong'

185632__kong_lThe beauty of a movie like King Kong is that pretty much every daily newspaper in the country reviews it, meaning I get paid to sip Diet Coke and peruse scads of headlines. (Fun!) While I was surprised by the number of reviewers who didn’t take advantage of the numerous opportunities for either simian or kingly puns — c’mon, Akron Beacon Journal, this is the best you could do? — here’s a few that made me, um, roar with laughter, or at least scaled their way to the top of the pack. Which one’s top banana in your book?

Monkey Business
San Francisco Examiner: Gorilla in our midst
Slate: Gorilla my dreams
Seattle Times: The sound and the furry: "King Kong" is a seat-numbing spectacle
Detroit Free Press: Monkey see, monkey overdo

Throne for a Loop
Lexington Leader-Herald: Lord of the kings
New York Daily News: Long live this ‘King’!
Buffalo News: It’s Good to Be King

Primate for Life
Washington Post: ‘King Kong’: A Beauty of a Beast
Richmond.com: Jungle Love
San Francisco Chronicle: Girl meets gorilla in big, hairy mess of a movie. If only Peter Jackson hadn’t gotten lost in the jungle.
Eclipse Magazine: Hot, Sexy Monkey Love, Kong Is Huge

Too Clever By Half?
The New York Times: ‘You Beast,’ She Said, and Meant It
Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette: Rise, Ann, Shine

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  • Alex

    This may be too obvious or corny, but has anyone tried, “The Return of the Kong’?

  • megan

    so the overall conclusion is that this movie is absolutely huge. Duh. It’s what they make of it that causes the (only slightly) differing opinions of these reviewers. is it only two that didn’t like it? Cool- big movies are perfect to back up the big expectations leading up to christmas. at least it won’t be as tame as Narnia.

  • CAROL GRAVES

    I AM A KONG FAN!! I SAW THE ORIGINAL IN THE MOVIE THEATRE. I SAW THE REMAKE WITH JESSICA LANG, WHICH WAS TERRIBLE. TO SEE THIS ONE WAS FANTASTIC. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED IT. USUALLY THE REMAKES I HAVE SEEN NEVER COMPARE TO THE ORIGINALS, BUT THIS ONE HAS OUTDONE THE ORIGINAL! THIS KONG HAS REPLACED MY LOVE OF THE ORIGINAL, WITH A NEW LOOK, AND STAYING TRUE TO THE ORIGINAL, THIS KONG CLEARLY SHOWED THE LOVE BETWEEN THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, IT WAS A JOY TO WATCH THE INTERACTION BUT ALASS THE GREATER THE TRAGEDY. LOVE IT. PLANNING TO GO SEE IT AGAIN.. GRAPHICS WERE STUPENDOUS, SOUND WAS GREAT, LOTS OF ACTION. GO SEE IT.

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