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King Kong (2005)

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Synopsis: In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.
Run time: 187 min
Rating: 7.4
Genres: Action | Adventure | Drama
Director: Peter Jackson
Stars: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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  

Release Details:
Country: New Zealand, USA, Germany
Language: English
Release Date: 14 December 2005 (USA)
Plot Keywords: Island, Jungle, 1930s, Gorilla, Giant Ape

Box Office Details:
Budget: $207,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: CZK 4,108,888 (Czech Republic) (15 December 2005) (26 Screens)
Gross: $550,517,357 (Worldwide) (27 April 2008)

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  1. watchmoviesfree
    January 6, 2013, 3:35 pm

    Let me be the first to admit that there’s nothing wrong with a long movie, nothing at all. "Titanic" was a long movie that was as exactly as long as it needed to be. "Gone with the Wind" was a really long movie that was exactly as long as it needed to be. "Dances with Wolves" was a long movie that I wish had been even longer when I saw it in the theater. But "King Kong"? Phhewww…this sucker clocks in at least 30-60 minutes longer than it needs to be. While it played, I kept inadvertently thinking to myself, "Boy, we really should be out to sea by now…they haven’t reached the island yet?…man, are they EVER gonna find Ann?…jeez, when are we gonna go back to Manhattan already?…" and so on. Hand to God–I actually yawned twice during the last third of this movie. I even closed my eyes for a second before I realized, ‘hey…you can’t just rewind this when you wake up!’

    Sure, many scenes in "King Kong" were thrilling (e.g., LOVED the T-Rex sequence) and, yes, I even teared up a little a couple of times. And I must say, Kong himself was beautifully realized–he looked and acted like a REAL gorilla (albeit a tiny bit anthropomorphized)! But I gotta tell you…I was more relieved than exhilarated when this movie ended. (If I saw one more flyover of the native village, I was gonna scream!) Peter…baby…why spend so much time developing all these extraneous secondary characters if you don’t really have much closure with them by the end. For example, the ship’s captain and Jimmy…once we leave Skull Island…pfffftttt…we never them again. Why all the backstory scenes about them? As with the original version, Jackson should have concentrated simply on the four main characters throughout: Kong, Ann, Driscoll and Denham. Period.

    The problem is Jackson tried to make an epic out of a thriller, when these two approaches are generally exclusive to each other. The original "Kong" MOVED because it was simply a thriller and content to be so, but Jackson’s remake starts and stops, and starts and stops, and starts and stops, merely frustrating the thrillseeker in us that wants to keep going every time Jackson establishes some momentum. But instead Jackson pauses to "delve" or "explore" or "elaborate" a la David Lean or something like that. One can excuse Jackson for shooting so much material for the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy–consider the rich source material . But how anyone could have taken the 100-minute original and nearly doubled it for a remake has far too much memory on his Mac. He should have saved all the extra footage (and I’m betting there’s a LOT more we didn’t see in the theatrical cut) for the DVD release as he did for LOTR. Mr. Jackson’s first priority as a filmmaker (well, all filmmakers) is to present the most appropriate cut for THEATRICAL audiences during the film’s initial exhibition in theaters. In this case, more WAS less. Much shorter movies in the past have had intermissions!

    Honestly, though I certainly enjoyed "King Kong", I really have no desire to see this movie again–I just couldn’t bring myself to sit through all the filler just to get to the good parts. How I wish Jackson and/or Universal would consider releasing a 2-hour DVD version. Hey, it’s happened before, so what’s the harm? Inside of a year there’ll be 17 versions out on DVD anyway…what’s one more? But having to sit through a 3-4 hour DVD version someday? I’ll take a pass.

    Do I recommend seeing "King Kong"? Of course. You’ll probably enjoy it immensely, despite it’s overlength. But if you do go, by all means lay off the Jumbo Coke until at least 90 minutes in! You’ll thank me later.

  2. watchmoviesfree
    January 6, 2013, 3:35 pm

    With the technology available for special effects, this could have been a great movie. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. Sadly, this movie just proves the point that good effects do not a good movie make.

    What happened here is that a film with enough plot to last for the time of the original was stretched out to try fill 3 hours of screen time, and the result is disastrous. In addition, it’s pretty clear that CGI nerds and video game designers had way too much input into this atrocity.

    It can all be summarized with a top 10 list of the worst scenes/mistakes of the movie:

    10. The time wasting, overly long, irrelevant plot line surrounding Ann Darrow, the old man, and the theater getting closed down. Not pertinent to the story.

    9. The CGI nerd focus on the spinning airplane wheels on the fighter planes. Someone said "Isn’t this the coolest thing you’ve ever seen?". It only lasted a few seconds, but it was there only because some GIGANTIC nerd wanted it in. Guess what? It’s NOT cool.

    8. The plot line surrounding Jimmy and Mr. Hayes. Unnecessary, irrelevant, and ultimately unresolved. Why was Hayes protective of Jimmy? Did Jimmy go on to make something of himself? We never know. Why did anyone have to know he read "Heart of Darkness" or any of the other nonsense that was discussed between them? Total waste of time, stalls the story.

    7. Kong violently shaking Ann around after he gets to his home turf, and her suffering no ill effects. She’d be not only injured, but dead. Kong was supposed to be gentle with Ann, duh. Totally missed the point.

    6. The time wasting, overly long, irritating scenes where Kong repeatedly roars for no good reason. CGI nerds/effects people are responsible, I’m certain. They obviously took over the whole movie. Probable discussion: "Isn’t the roar the coolest thing you’ve ever seen/heard? Let’s use it 47 times!"

    5. The completely ludicrous scene where Kong smashes the stolen taxi but Driscoll (inside) isn’t even scratched. Guess what? That’s right, he’d be dead. Come on, you can at least TRY to make this thing believable.

    4. The completely awful scene where Kong fights 3 T-Rexes while holding Anne in his hand. For the love of God, she’d be killed instantly. At least the original had the sense to have him put her down to fight the tyrannosaurus, a key element ignored in the remake, here and elsewhere in the movie. They also miss the point about the planes holding back when Kong is holding Ann, see above. Point missed.

    And the top 3…

    3. The incredibly preposterous and insulting scene where Jimmy shoots all the CGI nerd created insects off of Driscoll. Shuts his eyes while firing, and hits all the bugs. It wasn’t just reminiscent of Jar-Jar Binks in the big battle with the gun stuck on his tail, it WAS Jar-Jar Binks in the big battle with the gun stuck on his tail. Totally unacceptable.

    2. The even more preposterous and more insulting and asinine Brontosaurus stampede scene. This one almost takes the cake for worst scene in movie history, if not for the next one. Beyond ridiculous, totally unbelievable, video-game quality. Graphics cheesy and unrealistic. CGI nerds were probably slapping high fives seeing how many asinine near-miss, "Raptor almost gets the character before being stomped by the brontosaurus", Tom and Jerry scenes they could create. Asinine beyond belief.

    1. The horrible, horrible ridiculous scene where Kong and Ann et all are falling through the vines, getting caught repeatedly by new vines swinging out, not getting injured, falling again, caught by another swinging vine, not getting injured, etc. Vines pendulum-like swinging with the monster almost gobbling Ann up, only to be just out of reach, repeatedly. This didn’t belong in "King Kong", it belonged in "Donkey Kong Jr.".

    If you removed all this irrelevant nonsense, what would remain might not have been that bad. It would probably be quite good, in fact. Sadly, it was left in. It’s hard to imagine how insufferable a DVD "Director’s Cut" could be.

    On the positive side, Naomi Watts was excellent, as was Jack Black. The acting in general was a positive, no real complaints there. And the animation of Kong himself was excellent. Very well done.

    Sadly though, very little of the movie involved acting. It was all about making it a big video game and putting in all the effects. The effects are not themselves the movie, they are there to support the movie!

    To summarize, there were a lot of good pieces, but there were also a lot of bad ones. Ultimately too many were used, and a lot of them did not belong.

  3. admin
    January 6, 2013, 3:35 pm

    Let me just say that with all of the remakes that have been coming out, King Kong may have been the most deserving and the most in need of being remade. I could not think of a better director for this type of film than Peter Jackson.

    King Kong stays pretty true to the original. Naomi Watts plays Fay Wray’s Ann Darrow perfectly. Right down to her emotional connection with Kong, which is helped by the fact that Kong is pretty darn lovable when he is not ripping apart dinosaurs.

    Adrien Brody plays a great Jack Driscoll as well. Brody is truly a gifted actor and plays a good hero.

    Even Jack Black did a good job as the rebellious director Carl Denham. Usually I am annoyed by Black’s performances, even though they are mostly in comedies. Surprisingly, Black kept his character serious and the movie is better for it. I though for sure he would be the one to ruin this movie for me but, again, I stand corrected. The comedy seemed to be reserved for Kong, himself, and did a wonderful job.

    I can not express how much more I enjoyed this movie without the "guy in the suit" special effects. Kong was very appealing visually, as well as the other dinosaurs. I do not say this too much in reviews. In fact, I doubt I have ever said it but King Kong has turned out to be a masterpiece which will raise the bar for many years to come. 10/10

  4. watchmoviesfree
    January 6, 2013, 3:35 pm

    This film is simply amazing. The best remake I have ever seen, expect nothing but aces in the drama and action department in this film. Peter Jackson manages to helm one hell of a movie, and what is destined to be 2005′s top film.

    Never have I seen a CG Character garner so much emotion. If you thought the first film is heartbreaking, this one down right makes it tough to not shed at least a tear by the end of the film.

    By the way, once the action starts in this film, it NEVER let’s up. A beautiful yet sad film, I can’t wait to see it again.

    Those who are afraid that this film might do anything to take away from the original, do not worry. The time and setting of this film really keeps the original’s spirit intact, while carving some fantastical new ground of it’s own. Though some of the actual scenery here and there may look a bit fake, you will never ever think that about the main ape himself.

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