King Kong Movie Review 2005

Information and Film Reviews for King Kong the Movie

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3.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

In this remake of the 1933 classic, Depression-era filmmaker Carl Denham (Black) lures starving ingenue Ann Darrow (Watts) and screenwriter Jack Driscoll (Brody) to the uncharted Skull Island to shoot his masterpiece. However, once they arrive, the crew meets angry natives, rampaging dinosaurs, and a massive, menacing monkey named Kong. We all know where the story goes from there, but Jackson enlivens the familiar with thrilling action sequences (Kong vs. T. Rexes equals awesome) and the most expressive simian ever put to film (WETA deserves an acting Oscar for Kong's face alone). Regrettably, the three-hour flick drags whenever Kong isn't on-screen, and Jackson spends way too much time with his so-so supporting cast. But, as always, Kong remains king.


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Running time 187 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Fantasy, Sci Fi, Action-Drama, Killer Apes and Monkeys, Period Piece: 1930s, Great Depression, New York, New York, Showbiz Dramas, Action-Thriller, Island Fare, Romantic Drama, Dinosaurs, Top Grossing Films of 2005
Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Jamie Bell, Evan Dexter Parke, Kyle Chandler, Andy Serkis, Lobo Chan
Andrew Lesnie
Peter Jackson
James Newton Howard
Hammond Peek, Jamie Selkirk, Jabez Olssen, Simon Bright, Joseph Bleakley, Terry Ryan, Grant Major
Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham, Wingnut Films, Universal


Oscars 2005: Sound, Visual FX; British Acad. 2005: Visual FX.

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