"BUT, you specifically stated that Black's portrayal of him, his acting, was "annoying and one dimensional". Not a valid comparison to a well acted character." The original post said he hears a lot of criticism of films that there were no likable characters. While there are plenty of films I enjoy with unlikable characters, King Kong came to mind because in this instance that is what I usually tell people is my main complaint. I dont like any of the characters, nor their portrayals. And because there is no overarching thematic element, exciting action or anything else to compensate it comes across TO ME that I am watching a bunch of people I dont care about. I dont care if they live or die, what they are feeling emotionally, etc. Etc. And thus I dont like the whole film. (Tino, I did like the Kong vs. two T-rexes fight. The only scene in the movie I liked.) So maybe its more that I didnt like the screenplay, direction, acting. But ive also seen plenty of movies with a threadbare plot or minimal direction that ive loved because I like the character(s). Im not trying to hijack this thread into a Kong thread, just trying to explain how that particular criticism comes about.