(D: Peter Jackson, 187 min)
Who cares if Peter Jackson 's remake of the ultimate monster movie clocks in at three hours? After all, many of us spent more than 10 watching his you-know-what trilogy. And that's not even counting those juicy featurettes and commentaries on the DVDs.
Does anyone not know what this story's all about? Adrien Brody , Naomi Watts and Jack Black go to an island, capture a big hairy ape and bring him back to the States, where they want to exploit him for showbiz.
Unlike Lord Of The Rings, King Kong may not clean up at the Oscars, but you can be sure the FX are going to be astonishing. One note: Andy Serkis , the guy who lent his body, voice and facial movements to LOTR's Gollum, has done the same with the ape.
Come Wednesday, we are so there. Finally, a film to pound its chest and knock Harry Potter off its box-office pedestal.
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
(D: Andrew Adamson, 140 min)
This film could take a big bite out of that pre-holiday box office, too. It gets a head start by opening Friday.
Four kids escaping the London blitz are holed up in a country mansion when they discover a wardrobe that takes them to a fantasy world.
Director Andrew Adamson helmed both Shrek films, so he knows his way around CGI. It'll be interesting to see how much of the Christian symbolism in the series' books remains. Also looking forward to Tilda Swinton as the White Witch.
Lion opens Friday (December 8), Kong opens Wednesday (December 14). See reviews December 8 and 14 at www.nowtoronto.com/film and in next week's paper.