Sorry, Doc, but it's an underwhelming effort at a monster film. I know it features the special effects work of Carlo Rambaldi and Rick Baker, but I can't say I'm impressed by it. When you see King Kong from a distance, it's painfully obvious that it's a guy in an ape suit. And when you see King Kong up close, I'm not convinced for a moment that any of his separate parts - such as his arm, body or head - are connected together as one living creature.
I also know the film won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, but it somehow manages to look less impressive than the original film, which is at least 43 years older than it is. If you ask me, that's one hell of an accomplishment. It must have been a real slow year at the Academy Awards...
And as for Jessica Lange... My god was that woman irritating in that film! As King Kong was carrying her through the jungle back to his territory, I was actually shouting at the TV set, "For fucks sake, just eat the bitch! And I don't mean in a good way..." For me personally, the only amusing thing she did in the entire film was comment on the fact that she was one of the only women to ever be saved by DEEP THROAT (1972). I refer to the film, not the act.
In any case, the best parts of this film for me were the presence of René Auberjonois and the musical soundtrack by John Barry. However, at least it didn’t take as long to watch as that interminable fucking version Peter Jackson did, back in 2005... and 2006... and 2007! What? You say Peter Jackson's version was only three hours long... That's strange, it felt more like three years to me.