This movie was as good as any interspecial love story can be, I suppose. I didn’t feel that it lived up to the hype I had been hearing from friends and colleagues who had seen it, and I had a hard time suspending my disbelief where Fay Wray’s reciprocal feelings for the ape were concerned.
It did make me curious to see the original 1933 film, to which this is reportedly Peter Jackson’s homage, but I probably wouldn’t be able to tolerate the special effects of the day. Jack Black turns in a respectable performance, but few comics have the talent to make the leap to drama and still keep their careers. We’ll see if he has what it takes.