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King Kong (Special Edition) (2005)

Cast: Naomi Watts, Naomi Watts, Jack Black, more...
Director: Peter Jackson, Peter Jackson
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Studio: MCA Home Video
Genre: Suspense/Thriller, Adventure, Seafaring, Quest
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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One of the greatest adventure stories in Hollywood history gets a new interpretation in this action drama from Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson. In the early 1930's, Carl Denham (Jack Black) is a daring filmmaker and adventurer who has gained a reputation for his pictures documenting wildlife in remote and dangerous jungle lands; despite the objections of his backers, Denham plans to film his next project aboard an ocean vessel en route to Skull Island, an uncharted island he discovered on a rare map. Correctly assuming his cast and crew would be wary of such a journey, Denham has told them they're traveling to Singapore, but before they set sail, his leading lady drops out of the project. Needing a beautiful actress willing to take a risk, Denham finds Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), a beautiful but down-on-her-luck vaudeville performer and offers her the role; cautious but eager to work, Darrow takes the role, and onboard the ship she strikes up a romance with Jack Driscoll (Adrian Brody), a respected playwright hired by Denham to write the script for his latest epic. When Denham and Company arrive on Skull Island, the natives react with savage violence, but they happen to be the least of their worries. Skull Island is a sanctuary for prehistoric life, and lording it over the dinosaurs and other giant beasts is Kong, a twenty-five-foot-tall gorilla who can outfight any creature on Earth. The natives kidnap Darrow, giving her to Kong as an offering to appease the giant beast; Denham and his men set out to find her, with Driscoll bravely determined to save the woman he loves. Eventually, Driscoll finds Darrow and Denham outwits Kong, intending to take the giant ape back to New York for display. But Kong has bonded with Darrow, and his attraction to her proves to be his undoing. Andy Sirkis, who provided the body movements for Gollum in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings pictures, performed similar duties on King Kong, studying gorillas so he could mimic their actions, which were then used as the basis for the special effects crew's digital animation of the great ape. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

The highly anticipated conclusion to one of the most successful trilogies in film history is now in theaters. On the occasion of the European premiere in Berlin, Markus Tschiedert spoke with several key players, including Peter Jackson, Ian McKellen and Viggo Mortensen. In the fourth and final interview of our series, Andy Serkis talks about his completed portrait of "pre-Ring Smeagol and post-Ring Gollum." Full article >>

GreenCine Member Ratings

King Kong (Bonus Disc) (2005)
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5.86 (21 votes)
King Kong (Special Edition) (2005)
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6.15 (107 votes)

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Lost time by Vitis October 30, 2006 - 10:59 AM PST
I want those 3 hours of my life back. I love Jack Black, but when the movie ends with him saying in typical campy JB style, "T'was beauty that killed the beast." I wanted to claw my eyes out. It was special effect cliche after character cliche after cliche cliche. Naomi was lovely but totally uninspiring and she was the best of the bunch. Ugh!

Almost "King" by talltale March 18, 2006 - 4:21 PM PST
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
The greatest special effect/monster movie in the history of the genre, but also unfortunately, the too-longest, KING KONG is by turns thrilling, amazing, eye-popping, delightful and slow. The early depression era/urban scenes are set up lovingly, with nice attention to character and detail; the middle section is scary and awesome; and the finale, which offers the least novelty and adheres most closely to the original, just goes on and on.

Naomi Watts deserved at the very least a nomination for acting so beautifully opposite a special effect; Jack Black is fun, as usual; and the supporting cast supports in style. From his first films onwards, brevity-when-necessary has never been part of Peter Jackson's repertoire. He surely could have used a dose or two here.

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