'King Kong': Spectacular giant puppet can't make up for lack of complex characters and cohesive music

Still, fairness requires giving it up for an animated beast so spectacular it makes Julie Taymor’s artier creations look like measly marionettes. King Kong, 20 feet tall and 2,000 pounds, is a whole new level of achievement. He’s controlled by a joystick and computers, but also hand-manipulated by 10 on-stage puppeteers, all scurrying around under his body and shifting his limbs. They are what convey his palpably rich heart.

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