Parents' Guide to

Kong: King of the Apes

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

CGI take on primate's story is violent but entertaining.

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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Grisly a bit too much

PG-13: intense action
age 5+

Kong is dope

Kong is a positive message about being misunderstood and yet trying to help animals from poachers. One good brother, one bad that uses robotics to create mechanical animals to hurt Kong. Great animation and excelletn pro-social messages.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (2):

Oversized action awaits viewers in this exciting new take on an old favorite that shows Kong fighting for his freedom and his friends standing firmly on his side. In animated form, Kong is even more a gentle giant than he's ever been in other iterations, and fans really get to see his kindly personality shine in this presentation. There are themes of friendship (including interspecies, of course), honesty, and altruism in the good guys' camp, while Richard and his crew are ruled by greed, resentment, and jealousy. On a more cerebral level, the characters show kids some cutting-edge applications of the sciences, including biology and robotics, as only a near-future-set story can do.

Kong: King of the Apes also uses its futuristic story to convey some strong messages about environmental issues such as deforestation and poaching as they relate to the plight of Kong and other endangered creatures. There also are examples of how propaganda can sway public opinion and the dangers of choosing sides before you have all the facts about an issue. These are heavier themes than generally exist in kids' entertainment, but they have a rightful place in this story and give it some added depth. Ultimately, though, it's Kong and his oversized heart that steal this likable show.

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