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King Kong (2005 movie)

40 Ratings: 3.0
Peter Jackson's epic 2005 remake of King Kong.

The extended version of Peter Jackson'sKing Kongadds 13 minutes to the running time--fortunately those 13 minutes include two dynamic action scenes and no material has been added to the movie's belabored set-up, which tries to give depth to these … see full wiki

Director: Peter Jackson
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: December 14, 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
18 reviews about King Kong (2005 movie)
review by . September 10, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****     After finishing his breathe-taking "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy, Peter Jackson realized that he still had the rest of his entire career ahead of him; and he intended to use whatever time he had left. He has, since the "LOTR" films, made but two films; one of them great, one bad. And luckily for me and for you, we're talking about the better film; which is "King Kong". There's a name you may not; or at least, you should know it. It's the name that comes …
review by . December 12, 2010
Stephanie's Favourite Movies: King Kong      If anyone can do grandeur, it's Peter Jackson. I mean, it's the mastermind behind the LOTR films. He is the one that can make a true monster epic for our time, and King Kong is definitely that. Great effects, great acting, great story, just general greatness. Some say that it was too long, I say that you need that much time to tell the story. Some say Adrien Brody isn't hero material. I say that he did just fine.   …
review by . August 23, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 King Kong is exactly how to do a remake. This movie keeps to the spirit of the original, whilst including state of the art special effects and exciting action scenes. Jackson didn't try to add any silly plot twists or change the setting to 2005, but rather set out to remake the original film as it stood. He deserves a lot of credit for resisting the urge to "improve" the basic plot structure and settings of the original King Kong.   …
review by . July 18, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
      KING KONG      I remember watching the original Kong film back in the day and every one that followed and could not help but be entertained by every one although the first was the best. I have always enjoyed Kong films and have only rooted against him when he took on the greatest of all time in Godzilla. So after years of nothing new when this film was announced I was actually excited about it when normally I would be like "oh man they are going …
review by . August 22, 2010
Peter Jackson's remake of the 1933 King Kong is exactly how to do a remake. This movie keeps to the spirit of the original, whilst including state of the art special effects and exciting action scenes. Jackson didn't try to add any silly plot twists or change the setting to 2005, but rather set out to remake the original film as it stood. He deserves a lot of credit for resisting the urge to "improve" the basic plot structure and settings of the original King Kong.     The only …
review by . August 19, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Right after Lord of the Rings became such a smash success at the Box Office and the Academy Awards, Peter Jackson set out to do a film he just about always wanted to do: King Kong.  Peter Jackson talked about how much he enjoyed the film.  And for the most part, King Kong really sounded like a movie Jackson should do.  It could've been a huge epic!  Yeah!  And Peter Jackson does make it an epic.  But when making such an epic where exactly does the line get drawn?  …
review by . July 15, 2009
Peter Jackson's King King is an excellent film.  I was surprised by how well it was made.  The direction, photography, acting and special effects were just fantastic.  I usually have negative opinions of big budget remakes but this one is excellent.  Even Jack Black is good in this film (I an not a fan of his other work) and I'm impressed how Peter Jackson managed to get a very good performance out of him,  Naomi Watts redefines the role of Fay Wray and Adrien Brody …
review by . February 11, 2009
It's the height of the Depression in New York City, and down-on-her-luck actress Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) accepts movie director Carl Denham's (Jack Black) offer to sail off for an adventure and make a movie. Playwright/screenwriter Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) gets stuck on board and they all sail off for Skull Island, a mysterious place that just happens to be the home of bloodthirsty natives, prehistoric animals, and a 25-foot tall ape called Kong. When the natives kidnap Ann and sacrifice her …
review by . April 29, 2009
This movie was excellent. It borrows a lot from the original with incredible special effects and amazing recreations of 1931 New York! King Kong finally moves like a real gorilla and the destruction that gets wrecked throughout the movie is very convincing! The natives of this movie look like something out of the Exorcist although there was a tribute to the original natives during the scene where Kong is displayed to the New York public at the theater.     There are a lot more …
review by . November 22, 2008
Pretty girl meets monster ape   King Kong has got his charm   In all the most romantic scenes   The girl is on his arm     Naomi's got the strongest arms   She must be doing curls   But Kong has got the safest paws   For catching falling girls     Packed to the brim with CGI   This movie's much too long   Stampeding dinos, "Tremors" worms   Some parts just don't belong …
review by . June 13, 2008
4.5/5 Stars     This remake of one of the most cherished films of all time wins an award for something, a minor one, but still an award and that is that it's probably the best remake of all time. Not much considering its competition, but still it's something. King Kong (2005) is certainly worth a look, but I must say some critical response to the running time of over three hours considering it could easily be two hours and still give the same level of emotion, but in the end …
review by . June 24, 2006
Who could have taken the 100-minute original and nearly doubled it for a remake. I could not think of a better director for this type of film than Peter Jackson. He has turned this classic story into a slam-bang spectacle, with more action than many could've predicted. King Kong is also way more emotional than I personally expected.     Ann Darrow's relationship with Kong is depicted in a superior way to the original movie. Despite the unbelievable stop-motion effects in the …
review by . May 13, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Sometimes I find it intimidating writing a review for a blockbuster or super popular movie because I hate to sound like a Hallmark Card and because some people like to hate them only to go against the norm. I was simply so impressed with King Kong that I felt the need to throw my two cents in.    I must say that I was prepared for this insanely long movie and I didn't find it dragging at all! I took a quick break in the middle to run to bathroom and grab another beer with boyfriend …
review by . April 09, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Peter Jackson's King Kong is a beautifully rendered version of the original movie. The special efects are fantastic, and the relationship between Kong and Naomi Watts is truly touching.    Yes, it is much too slow at the start. Jackson spends way too much time building up the charaters of Naomi Watts and Jack Black. He could have cut that down to about 15 minutes without hurting the overall movie.    But once you get to the island with Kong, the movie is a …
review by . April 02, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Like many viewers who tire easily of the 'big whammies' that get all the media blitz, this reviewer waited to see KING KONG until the glut of audience overflow in the theaters gave way to private home DVD watching. And then the main reason for watching it was the impressive list of good reviews here on and from some fellow reviewers. Much to my surprise for a person (read curmudgeon) who doesn't usually go for sci-fi super hero action movies, I quite liked this film. It is grossly in …
review by . January 02, 2006
Pros: Outstanding acting, directing, and special effects.     Cons: How did they get Kong to New York Anyway?     The Bottom Line: See King Kong, do not wait for the DVD, or cable release, it must be seen on the big screen. I know there are flaws, but, thatÂ’s entertainment.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Believe it or not I have not watched the original release of King Kong, though I have …
review by . January 01, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: cuter Kong     Cons: numerous     The Bottom Line: "We do the King Kong song, gotta sing along    Can't you hear the beating of the monkey tom-tom   Listen to the rhythm of the King Kong song"    ABBA     Well …      I went into this expecting to be disappointed. Fortunately I prepared myself in advance.      It seems like only a couple of years ago that they …
review by . December 14, 2005
Pros: Good Cast and Kong.     Cons: Film runs way to long, Supporting FX are bad in many places.     The Bottom Line: It has some moments, just not enough to be a true classic.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. Following up the box office and Oscar success of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy is an undertaking that is sure to have its dangers. Expectations of the fans not withstanding, the ability …
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