HERE COMES KING KONG

From thy full-moon wedding with the creature who touches heaven, lady, God preserve thee.

According to the marvelously clever, yet touching script for the new $24 million film version of King Kong, this starkly poetic, spookily enigmatic warning was found—drawn in blood, naturally—on the thwart of an empty lifeboat discovered adrift in the South Pacific in 1749. Next to it, natch, there was a "likeness of some huge slouchy humanoid thing."

Chills. Shuddery anticipation, as Jeff Bridges, playing the Princeton paleontologist who is but the first of millions who will soon believe that...