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King Kong (2005)

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A greedy film producer assembles a team of moviemakers and sets out for the infamous Skull Island, where they find more than just cannibalistic natives.

Director:

Peter Jackson

Writers:

Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 43 wins & 102 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Naomi Watts ... Ann Darrow
Jack Black ... Carl Denham
Adrien Brody ... Jack Driscoll
Thomas Kretschmann ... Captain Englehorn
Colin Hanks ... Preston
Andy Serkis ... Kong / Lumpy
Evan Parke ... Hayes
Jamie Bell ... Jimmy
Lobo Chan ... Choy
John Sumner ... Herb
Craig Hall ... Mike
Kyle Chandler ... Bruce Baxter
William Johnson William Johnson ... Manny
Mark Hadlow ... Harry
Geraldine Brophy ... Maude
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Storyline

Carl Denham needs to finish his movie and has the perfect location; Skull Island. But he still needs to find a leading lady. This 'soon-to-be-unfortunate' soul is Ann Darrow. No one knows what they will encounter on this island and why it is so mysterious, but once they reach it, they will soon find out. Living on this hidden island is a giant gorilla and this beast now has Ann is its grasps. Carl and Ann's new love, Jack Driscoll must travel through the jungle looking for Kong and Ann, whilst avoiding all sorts of creatures and beasts. But Carl has another plan in mind. Written by Film_Fan

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The eighth wonder of the world.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for frightening adventure violence and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The fifth highest-grossing film of 2005. See more »

Goofs

Soon after Kong grabs Ann for the first time and is playing with her, the wide shots show him violently shaking her, enough to snap her neck or at least render her unconscious, but the close-up shots during the shaking show her being much more gently rocked from side to side. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Manny: [practicing sneezes] That's a funny one. Isn't that funnier?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits: "This film is dedicated with love and respect to the original adventurers of Skull Island: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Willis H. O'Brien, Max Steiner, Robert Armstrong and ... the incomparable Fay Wray. They continue to inspire all those who follow in their footsteps." See more »

Alternate Versions

On November 14, 2006, an extended edition DVD was released with 13 minutes of additional scenes edited back into the film. Denham's party is attacked both by a Ceratops immediately upon entering the jungle to rescue Ann and by a giant fish while on rafts on a river, after which they kill a giant bird while firing blindly into the jungle (the longest addition by far). Baxter's rescue of the party is extended and finishes with Jimmy's farewell to Hayes. Kong's pursuit of the party on Skull Island and his pursuit of Driscoll in NYC are slightly extended, and there are two brief additional encounters between Kong and the military in NYC. A complete breakdown is at http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=3550. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Eighth Blunder of the World (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Aboriginal Sacrifice Dance
from the underscore of the King Kong (1933)
Written by Max Steiner
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The Lack Of Embellishment Disappoints
6 September 2008 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

You'd need a heart of stone not to be touched by Jackson's LORD OF THE RINGS , it is amongst the great masterworks of cinema and is a trilogy I love . However for some reason I failed to catch this at the cinema possibly down to my body needing frequent infusions of nicotine and caffeine , something that makes a three hour movie an ordeal at the best of times . I noticed this version made the IMDb top 250 movies but then slipped out again after a couple of weeks . I also remember at the time the number of well regarded film critics giving KING KONG something of a lukewarm response . Unlike LORD OF THE RINGS this movie became quickly forgotten by the public so much so that it wasn't until tonight when it was broadcast on network TV that I remembered it had existed in the first place !

If i'd spent £7 and three hours without nicotine and caffeine I'd have certainly given this remake of KING KONG a six . It's by no means a terrible film but does often feel like just another Hollywood blockbuster , not something you can say about LOTR . There's two problems with the movie

One: There's an overabundance of visual effects . LOTR had this too but there was also lots of location filming in the beautiful New Zealand wilderness not to mention hundreds of extras dressed up as orcs and humans . Here however you are aware that much of Skull Island appears to be created on a Hollywood stage rather than location filming .Crucify me if you want but the scene with the dinosaur stampede had me stifling a loud yawn while looking at my watch .

Two: The narrative follows the same structure as the original though it seems painfully drawn out . The unforgivable thing about this is when the remake goes its own way such as the scene at the bottom of the ravine where the landing party are attacked by giant insects the film becomes tense , frightening and reminds the audience why they pay money to watch movies at the cinema . Why didn't Jackson do a re imagining of a classic movie instead of a remake ?

As said it's not a bad movie and is a infinitely better than the remake from 1976 but the irritating thing is Jackson shows us the brilliance he is capable of but never follows through . Perhaps he has too much reverence for the original ? What isn't in doubt is the director's god given talent and it's disappointing to watch a movie by him which is merely only very good in short parts


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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$207,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,130,145, 18 December 2005

Gross USA:

$218,080,025

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$562,363,449
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2.39 : 1
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