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.
At an archaeological dig in the ancient city of Hamunaptra, an American serving in the French Foreign Legion accidentally awakens a mummy who begins to wreck havoc as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love.
A giant, reptilian monster surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake as it strides into New York City. To stop it, an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city.
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
There were no gorillas in any zoo in New Zealand, for the production team to study; the nearest is in Melbourne Zoo in Australia. Michael Apted came to the rescue by letting them study over twenty hours of research footage he had shot while prepping Gorillas in the Mist (1988). See more »
(at around 14 mins) Denham asks Ann if she wears a size 4. Commercial standards for clothing sizes were formally accepted in 1957, and they started at size 8. See more »
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At the end of the closing credits: "This film is dedicated with love and respect to the original adventurers of Skull Island: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Willis H. O'Brien, Max Steiner, Robert Armstrong and ... the incomparable Fay Wray. They continue to inspire all those who follow in their footsteps." 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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