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King Kong (2005)
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Review Date: January 04, 2006
Director: Peter Jackson
Writer: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Producers: Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, Carolynne Cunningham, Jan Blenkin
Actors:
Naomi Watts as Anne
Jack Black as Carl
Adrien Brody as Jack
Plot:
A soon-to-be-washed-up director hires an unknown blonde to star in his latest film, which he’s going to be shooting on a creepy island, known to few people. Once there, the man, his cast and crew quickly discover that a giant ape resides on the island (along with a bunch of other scary non-humans) and that the macho primate has a thing for blondes. Kong smash!!! A romantic action flick ensues.
Critique:
I didn’t think that anything other than this film’s awesome special effects and action sequences were going to rule my appreciation of what Peter Jackson accomplished within, but color my big-ape-ass surprised as it was nothing less than its “love story” between the beast from Skull Island and the babe from New York that ultimately won me over big-time. That’s right, you heard me…the love story between the monkey and the blonde. Kudos definitely go out on that front to the awesome special effects that created King Kong in this film, as he didn’t simply kick ass while thumping and pumping and jumping around, but also, during its more tender moments, vis-à-vis the lovely Naomi Watts. In fact, his facial expressions were amazing to the point that you didn’t even realize that you were watching a computer-generated animal anymore…you just saw emotions coming through. Further kudos go out to the human being in the romantic equation, the always-very-lovely Naomi Watts, perfectly cast as the sweet, innocent Ann Darrow who slowly but surely begins to fall for the big lug also known as double-K. The duo had a number of “romantic scenes” in the film which worked entirely without any dialogue spoken between them (how many guys would love that in their own relationships?) including a gorgeous top-of-the-mountain sunset sequence, as well as a fun-looking ride across an icy pond in Central Park. Potent stuff.

Okay, now that I got all of that gooey “love stuff” out of the way, allow me to downshift into the film’s other successful parts, like its non-stop action, which started during the film’s second act and ended about the time that I was walking out of the theater and audibly exhaling. That said, I have to admit that the film’s first hour was a little slow at times, and could have been cut by several scenes, in my opinion, especially since this was the second remake of the same story, so there wasn’t really any great need to get into all of the minor background details. That said, once things got going on Skull Island, I was perched atop the edge of my seat, with nachos in my mouth and bemusement all around. The film’s special effects were also stunning overall, with remarkable believability granted upon the many amazing creatures and places showcased on the big screen. The one area that lacked a little in that regard were the “running scenes”, some of which looked obviously shot on a green screen, and didn’t fully gel with the beasts running around the humans. But that’s a minor quip as the rest of the film was truly accomplished, starting from the many authentic New York set-ups to the stunningly dark and eerie Skull Island to the many fights between the big monsters to the film’s energetic conclusion in the big City.

But that doesn’t mean that this was a perfect film by any means. I already mentioned a couple of bits that bothered me above, but allow me to add the inane banter between the black dude seemingly co-captaining the ship and deckhand “Jimmy”, which was seriously corny and should’ve been excised altogether. I also didn’t care for the casting of either Jack Black or Adrien Brody, both of whom I respect and really dig as actors, but both of whom didn’t really seem to fit into their roles here. They weren’t terrible or anything, but I just think their “look” didn’t fit their respective parts. I was also rolling my eyes during a handful of action sequences on the island, like when a bunch of humans were literally being stampeded over by some massive dinosaurs, but getting away scot-free. After a while though, I learned to simply “go with it” and not nitpick that sort of shit in this film. It’s a friggin’ over-the-top blast of a spectacle movie, after all. This ain’t RAIN MAN, folks…it’s a huge monkey kickin’ ass and if you’re looking for that sort of entertainment value, you really can’t go wrong with this movie. Add to that, the brooding score, the authentic design, the awesome directing and the film’s surprisingly potent love story (yeah, I admit it…I teared up over a monkey, man!), and you’ve got yourself an ideal popcorn flick with an engaging story and tons of action all around. Oh, and I loved those freaky critters that were eating up all over Gollum in this movie…give those suckers their own movie! They were creepy, man.
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6:24PM on 02/12/2006
Stunning visuals and stellar acting make this picture a must see. I can describe this movie with the 3 A's: Acting, adventure and affects (I know its spelled effects but whatever). Naomi Watts deserves an oscar nod as Anne Darrow, the struggling actress that goes on the adventure of a lifetime when she goes to skull island. Her role isn't all about acting scared, she must also show the love that she has for kong.

Peter Jackson really takes us on an adventure here. From the skull island
Stunning visuals and stellar acting make this picture a must see. I can describe this movie with the 3 A's: Acting, adventure and affects (I know its spelled effects but whatever). Naomi Watts deserves an oscar nod as Anne Darrow, the struggling actress that goes on the adventure of a lifetime when she goes to skull island. Her role isn't all about acting scared, she must also show the love that she has for kong.

Peter Jackson really takes us on an adventure here. From the skull island parts to the King Kong rampage in NYC, he keeps us entertained.

And lastly, the special effects. King Kong looks pretty real (nice CGI!), and so do all of the creatures we meet on Skull Island.

If your looking for an adventure, I advise to go see King Kong!
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2:26PM on 01/26/2006

Perfection in Moive making

To simply put it, this is how you make a remake, cause when u strive to redo a movie your goal is to surpass the original, and thats what Jackson did, he not only cleared the previous bar of the original he set it at a new height. This version has everything that makes a movie great.

The way that he executed this in my opinion, is he took what made the original so great, and then built on that, with more detail, and more depth on the love story between the Anne and Kong. Then of course
To simply put it, this is how you make a remake, cause when u strive to redo a movie your goal is to surpass the original, and thats what Jackson did, he not only cleared the previous bar of the original he set it at a new height. This version has everything that makes a movie great.

The way that he executed this in my opinion, is he took what made the original so great, and then built on that, with more detail, and more depth on the love story between the Anne and Kong. Then of course this movie is jam packed with action, true a little over the top, but still in the world of Skull Island, a land filled with Dinosaurs and over sized bugs, it just works. Another milestone breaker this movie has is in the animations, at points i forgot Kong was CGI, I could of thought i was watching the discovery channel. Also all the other creatures and critters look great, some people would say you can tell their infront of a green screen, well duh, of course they are, do u honestly think there are giant bugs and dinosaurs on an island where they filmed, but really the CGI is far beyond par.

Then lastly, the absolute best part of this movie is Jackson's job in humanizing Kong, I mean I honostley dont think I have ever related or cared more about a CGI character before. So double Kudos to him. The shame is that since he won for LOTR ROTK, (which is a good movie but come on not Best Picture good.), this movie will be passed over when in my opinion deserves the oscars far more.

So in conclusion, one of the best movies of the year, and a new favorite of mine, the only question I have is when the hell is it coming to DVD ,cause i can't wait.
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7:24PM on 01/20/2006
I'm not going to call this the greatest film ever made, but if you're going to remake such a classic, THIS is how it should be done. This 2005 version of KONG brings with it pretty much everything I look for in a blockbuster film, but takes it a step further with a touching story of two different souls from two different worlds who find a connection. I literally teared up in several scenes, and that is something that doesn't happen often these days. Something that helped give the film that
I'm not going to call this the greatest film ever made, but if you're going to remake such a classic, THIS is how it should be done. This 2005 version of KONG brings with it pretty much everything I look for in a blockbuster film, but takes it a step further with a touching story of two different souls from two different worlds who find a connection. I literally teared up in several scenes, and that is something that doesn't happen often these days. Something that helped give the film that extra emotional pull, as well as keep me on the edge of my seat, was James Newton Howard's awesome score. It is at times intensely creepy and bombastic, but oh-so-heartwrenching during the film's "romance" sequences. Amazing work from an amazing composer.

Yes, the first hour drags, some of the characters were underdeveloped, but none of that really got to me. At least, I didn't let it. Now, was a 3-hour runtime necessary? Not at all. But again--not unforgivable. Maybe not the best film of all time, but definitely one of the best remakes to come out in a long time, and one of 2005's best movies.
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11:21PM on 01/19/2006

I stick to the original

A movie about a giant monkey who falls in love with a human female was a fine idea...in the '30s. Not only the plot is simply retarded but overrated and self absorbed director Peter Jackson had to make of this a 3 hour long bore. I used to love Mr. Jackson before he made LOTR. The film could have been a fun ride but it's just so over the top it gets exhausting. The giant creatures and dinosaurs kept coming and coming...ANNOYING and REPETITIVE! Not to mention that the special effects were
A movie about a giant monkey who falls in love with a human female was a fine idea...in the '30s. Not only the plot is simply retarded but overrated and self absorbed director Peter Jackson had to make of this a 3 hour long bore. I used to love Mr. Jackson before he made LOTR. The film could have been a fun ride but it's just so over the top it gets exhausting. The giant creatures and dinosaurs kept coming and coming...ANNOYING and REPETITIVE! Not to mention that the special effects were mediocre at best. It was so obvious the actors were in front of a blue/green screen. The scenes between Kong and Naomi Watts weren't so terrible and the finale was quite good. It was the whole island time that bugged me (No pun intended).
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11:23PM on 01/11/2006
I really, really liked the movie, but I didn't love it. Partly due because the first hour drags on and when the second hour picks up, Peter Jackson's need to flesh out everyone was overly indulgent and took up more time than it ought to. Still, it was worth waiting for and the big monkey himself was utterly believable. He and Naomi Watts sold the story, no matter how farfetched it was, the movie worked. It was mainly the length that took it down two points.
I really, really liked the movie, but I didn't love it. Partly due because the first hour drags on and when the second hour picks up, Peter Jackson's need to flesh out everyone was overly indulgent and took up more time than it ought to. Still, it was worth waiting for and the big monkey himself was utterly believable. He and Naomi Watts sold the story, no matter how farfetched it was, the movie worked. It was mainly the length that took it down two points.
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10:14PM on 01/11/2006

This Review says it all

One of the best films of 2005 and one of the best films ever made.
One of the best films of 2005 and one of the best films ever made.
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3:55PM on 01/08/2006
Great movie, even if it does drag quite a bit in some places... But honestly who goes into Kong expecting it be Rain Man, with the exception of someone like Raymond Babbit?
Great movie, even if it does drag quite a bit in some places... But honestly who goes into Kong expecting it be Rain Man, with the exception of someone like Raymond Babbit?
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10:15PM on 01/06/2006

King of Blockbusters

There are a lot of great things to be said about this movie, but in a nutshell, it is a triumph in film. The best film this year and one of my favorites of all time, this movie has so much to offer and does so generously. It is beautifully crafted and really shows the heart and soul that the director put into making each moment of the film something to behold. It reaches beyond any one genre and proves that an action-filled blockbuster can have class, heart, dramatic drive, and even horror. The
There are a lot of great things to be said about this movie, but in a nutshell, it is a triumph in film. The best film this year and one of my favorites of all time, this movie has so much to offer and does so generously. It is beautifully crafted and really shows the heart and soul that the director put into making each moment of the film something to behold. It reaches beyond any one genre and proves that an action-filled blockbuster can have class, heart, dramatic drive, and even horror. The film had a great look with the old Hollywood feel combined with great special effects and imagery. The hour before we meet Kong was effective because it developed the characters and set up the story for when the non-stop action occurs upon arrival at the island. It also builds up the excitement for the moment when Kong makes his glorious entrance. The relationship between Kong and Ann is a unique experience in film, it's not a love story, but it is a story about love. Overall it's a heartbreaking story of beauty and beast, and even has a deeper undertone of beauty's effect on beast. I can't think of the last time all of this substance was contained in a blockbuster film, because I don't think it's ever been accomplished. King Kong does so in a big way. I was on the edge of my seat many times, laughing at other times, and unable to hold back tears upon it's conclusion. Now that, is a powerful film.

9.5/10
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1:06AM on 01/05/2006
what the hell is wrong with audiences. this is the best movie of the year and defenitely better than any of the LOTR movies. not only does this movie remind why i love movies so much, it reminds me why featured films were even made. better than the original.
what the hell is wrong with audiences. this is the best movie of the year and defenitely better than any of the LOTR movies. not only does this movie remind why i love movies so much, it reminds me why featured films were even made. better than the original.
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8:50PM on 01/04/2006

Super cool

Definatly one of the greatest movies of my time. This movie and Sin City Made this year very enjoyable.
Definatly one of the greatest movies of my time. This movie and Sin City Made this year very enjoyable.
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