4.5 Go ape RJNeb2 | 10/09/2013 | See all RJNeb2's reviews (695) Jackson's all-stops-out remake of the monster classic is designed to leave us breathless and exhilarated. Which it certainly does in its last 2 hours. Trouble is, there's an hour of pre-amble before that. Meticulously designed and recreated, with the kind of state-of-the-art special effects you'd expect, Jackson does surprise us with the amount of heart he's able to inject into his essentially silly story. And that in between some extraordinary action sequences (the T-rex stand-off is relentlessly exciting). Watts makes a great heroine, and Kong himself is utterly believable. But there's just a little too much of everything to make this the classic that Jackson clearly wants it to be.