In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.
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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
(At around one hour and thirty-five minutes) The log scene where King Kong lifts, rolls, and throws it into the ravine, to get rid of his pursuers, was used in all three versions of the film. See more »
Ann is soaking wet when she is being led through the natives. When she gets to the top of the wall she's dry. See more »
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The end credits are set against an art deco backdrop rather than the traditional black screen. The backdrop is an exact replica, in Technicolor, of the same backdrop that was used for the opening credits in the 1933 version of "King Kong". See more »
On November 14, 2006, an extended edition DVD was released, with 13 minutes of additional scenes edited back into the film. Denham's party is attacked by a Ceratops immediately upon entering the jungle to rescue Ann, and by a giant fish while on rafts on a river, after which they kill a giant bird while firing blindly into the jungle (the longest addition by far). Baxter's rescue of the party is extended, and finishes with Jimmy's farewell to Hayes. Kong's pursuit of the party on Skull Island and his pursuit of Driscoll in NYC are slightly extended, and there are two brief additional encounters between Kong and the military in NYC. A complete breakdown is at http://www.movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=3550. See more »
No problem agreeing with Universal's description that, "Peter Jackson brings his sweeping cinematic vision to 'King Kong'. Naomi Watts, Jack Black, and Adrien Brody star in this spectacular film filled with heart-pounding action, terrifying creatures, and groundbreaking special effects unlike anything you've seen before! Get ready for breathtaking action in this thrilling epic adventure about a legendary gorilla captured on a treacherous island and brought to civilization, where he faces the ultimate fight for survival."
And, yes, this was hailed by many contemporary critics as a masterpiece.
People read "Heart of Darkness" willingly in the 1930s. Neat. Obviously, the visual effects are monstrous - but, they are also contextually exhausting. Sometimes, it seems like effects for effects sake only; for example, the dinosaur stomping was so long and rough, everyone should have been killed. Showing obvious love for the original material, Mr. Jackson embellishes the story to include almost everything fathomable from the more subtle, and superior "King Kong" (1933). There is one important change, however
In the Kong canon, the "relationship" between " Beauty" and "The Beast" wavered between one-sided, flirtatious, and/or fantastically romantic. But, when you got right down to it, you couldn't say Fay Wray (as Ann Darrow) was anything more than a platonic animal lover. Herein, Jackson turns Kong and Ms. Watts (spectacularly sexy, as the new Ann Darrow) into filmdom's first inter-species couple. Their attraction is a two-sided passion play. This is obvious when she juggles for him and falls asleep in his palm.
Their love song?
"Bye, Bye Blackbird"
***** King Kong (12/5/05) Peter Jackson ~ Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis
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