King KongDirector: Peter Jackson
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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 1930s, 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 (Adrien 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 25-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 Serkis, 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.
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Cast & Crew
|Naomi Watts||Ann Darrow|
|Jack Black||Carl Denham|
|Adrien Brody||Jack Driscoll|
|Thomas Kretschmann||Captain Englehorn|
|Andy Serkis||King Kong,Lumpy the Cook|
|Kyle Chandler||Bruce Baxter|
|Miriam Barrard||Set Decoration/Design|
|Joe Peter Bleakley||Art Director|
|Simon Bright||Art Director|
|Christina Crawford||Set Decoration/Design|
|Carolynne Cunningham||Asst. Director,Producer|
|James Newton Howard||Score Composer|
|Brian Van't Hul||Special Effects|
|Darryl Longstaffe||Set Decoration/Design|
|Grant Major||Production Designer|
|Hammond Peek||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Barry Read||Set Decoration/Design|
|Terry Ryan||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Richard Taylor||Makeup Special Effects|
|Philip Thomas||Set Decoration/Design|
|Ethan Van der Ryn||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Weta Workshop Ltd.||Makeup Special Effects|
|Annette Wullems||Associate Producer|
1. Opening - New York 1933 [3:03]
2. Vaudeville [1:17]
3. Theater Closed [2:23]
4. Denham''s Screening [3:45]
5. "Defeat Is Always Momentary" [2:03]
6. A Fateful Meeting [1:44]
7. "A Woman Born To Play This Role" [3:22]
8. The Moving Picture Ship [2:44]
9. An Early Departure [3:47]
10. Jack''s "Quarters" [1:42]
11. Bruce Settles In [:17]
12. Jimmy''s Story [1:50]
13. Ann Meets Jack Driscoll [2:25]
14. A Moustache For Bruce [:39]
15. "We''re Filming On An Island Now?" [1:59]
16. Filming A Classic Scene [1:06]
17. Romance On The Venture [2:41]
18. The Last Blank Space On The Map [2:49]
19. A Long Sea Voyage [1:21]
20. "It''s In The Sub-Text" [1:24]
21. A Change Of Course [1:14]
22. Skull Island [8:33]
23. Expedition Ashore [3:30]
24. The Inhabitants Of Skull Island [6:16]
25. Ann''s Abduction [5:25]
26. The Sacrifice [5:06]
27. Rescue Party [1:48]
28. The Killing Ground [3:24]
29. Discovering The Footprint [2:19]
30. Brontosaurus Stampede [6:37]
31. Playing Dead [:56]
32. The Party Is Divided [1:41]
33. Ann Disarms Kong [:36]
34. The Log Chasm [6:09]
35. The T-Rex Battle [3:43]
36. The Insect Pit [11:38]
37. "Beautiful" [5:42]
38. Denham''s Plan [4:09]
39. Jack Rescues Ann [2:32]
40. Captured [5:44]
41. "Eighth Wonder Of The World" [8:18]
42. "Cry Havoc!" [1:54]
43. Carl Denham Presents Kong [1:50]
44. Kong In New York [9:12]
45. Reunited [4:30]
46. Under Attack [4:32]
47. The Empire State Building [1:05]
48. Kong''s Last Stand [2:20]
49. "It Was Beauty Killed The Beast" [7:31]
50. End Credits [6:35]
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Of all the versions of King Kong that have been produced, this is the best in my opinion. Although it is set, like the original, in the 1930's, the special effects in this version are spectacular. There are many creatures that Kong shares his island home with and the scenes with these other creatures are unbelieveably real seeming and well-done. Kong himself is no wimp in this version either, and may actually be a little too scary for young children. He's the scariest of all Kongs at first, but that makes you love him that much more by the end of the movie. I also think the role Naomi Watts plays as Ann Darrow is the best of all the King Kong versions I've seen.
After seeing the original, this movie exceeded my expectations. It added more drama, action, comedy, and romance to this modern tale of beauty and the beast. The CGI is awesome! I also liked the fact that they included the Spider Pit Sequence. Kong has gone from an 18 inch puppet,to a guy in a suit, and finally to CGI. Kong has survived generations and that is why Kong is King!
5 stars r u kidding they must not speakee englis
It seems the majority of people didn't like KK cause it was too long. After purchasing it I finally watching it I would have to agree. Brilliant movie, typical Jackson style special effects but he went into WAY too much detail. I dont see why he thought it necessary to get into such fine details on the characters. Ann Darrow lost her job and was desperate for work, did we need all the details? I don't think so. Carl Denham was a loser, did we need all the details? I don't think so. The worst waste of time characters were Jimmy and Mr Hayes. Why bother with the details of their relationship? Did it add to the movie? If someone was to start this movie as everyone was getting on the ship they would be fine. They could easily catch up on the characters without all the pre-ship hoopla. The bronto chase scene could have been deleted completely. The end of that chase made no sense. All the crew that was running away all had guns, why didn't they just shoot the Raptors that were chasing everyone? There were only 2 of them! I must admit once Kong became part of the movie I was hooked. I couldn't get enough of him or the bonding of he and Ann. As they became close, more and more I dreaded the ending of them movie knowing how it is destined to end. I got a lump in my throat when Ann and Kong find each other on the street, the Central Park scene- although far fetched, gave me goosebumps and the entire Empire State Building scene was breath taking and well done. You couldn't help but root for Kong and cheer when a plane would go down. When Kong dies and slowly spins to the street, the music and seeing the plane is gut wrenching. Ann's heart is broken and anyone who has any feelings also feels hurt. It is the 1st time I can recall crying over a CGI!! Mr Jackson felt the need to out do the classic KK and he did special effects wise but went a tad over the top with the characters. He definitely out did the '77 remake which wasn't hard to do since it basically stunk anyway. His "Directors Cut" is due out in November. I for one can not wait to see it. There were a couple of deleted scenes (the raft scene for one) that I can not wait to see. I just hope the DC isn't 5 hours long! Excellent excellent movie, but I have to agree with anyone who used the words "too long" Eliminate the first 60-80 minutes and this movie is one of my all time favorites !! I loved it and I loved Kong!!
i really liked this movie me and my brothers went to go see it at the theaters and we just loved it this is something that you should spend your money on and if anyone tells you it is not a good movie they don't know what they are talking about because this movie rocks.
The title says it all with some new surprises making this one heck of an entertaining movie.
As a lover of the original and having been generally pleased with Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, I expected a tremendous amount from this, especially with uber-babe as Ann Darrow. Unfortunately, Peter Jackson couldn't seem to hold himself from excessive Munnchausering that effectively marred what could have been an even more significant movie than the LOTR trilogy. As with any Peter Jackson movie, the setting is breathtaking. In Naomi Watts and adrien Brody, he has solid actors in the leads, though Brody is miscast. Jack Black, though, turns in an inispid performance that made me feel the need to take a showe whenever he was on screen, even as his performance did nothing to resemble Bruce Cabot's much better portrayal of Carl Denham. Then comes the scene with Kong effortlessly destroying three T. Rexes--WHILE JUGGLING NAOMI WATTS! Jack Black's apparent ability to survive being sandwiched between two 80000-lb dinosaurs doesn't help things either, while introducing an interesting subplot of bonding between the first mate and a cabin boy then casually discarding it doesn't help. Overal, this is a decent film that could have been great.
Amazing movie with awesome actors! Peter Jackson is one of my favorite directors! See it.
Peter Jackson's King Kong is and forever will be a masterpiece. I actually enjoyed this more then the 1933 original (Even though I'm still a huge fan). This will be a classic, and I plan on owning my own copy come March.
My first Kong experience was the Jeff Bridges remake in the 70's and I hated it then so I wasn't expecting much although I think Jackson did a fantastic job with Lord of the Rings and felt he deserved a chance. I was very impressed with all of the effects and the fear that was instilled with the tube worm attack and the native attack was something I had not experienced before in a film. This was well worth my nine bucks to see it and I would highly recommend it to anyone else who asks.
I was skeptical at first and didn't want to see this film. Even armed with my prejudices, this movie enchanted me and engaged me in ways I hadn't thought possible. I left feeling like I had actually been a part of something larger than myself and it is that kind of elevation that great movies are capable of and few ever achieve. Peter Jackson tapped into something trully "american" with this film. He caught a spirit that while so present in this country in the early part of the century has given way to cynicism on one side and blind patriotism on the other. This movie is about all of our flaws and strengths as a country, our ideals and our dreams and our horrible collective mistakes. But more than that, it is what a movie should be, stylish, unreal, absorbing, fanciful and fun.
King Kong got one of the most remarkable facelifts in movie history. Ever since the 1972 remake, KONG has long been forgotten. Peter Jackson impressed me with not only amazing special effects, but props, sound effects, acting, and non stop action. I personally love action movies. Average action movies contain from 2-4 action sequences that last no longer than 5-8 minutes. I counted at least 9-10 action sequences that lasted from 5-11 minutes long. One comes to mind in which Kong is battling 3 Tyrannasaurus Rexes with Naomi Watts in one hand while sliding down a steep mountain. This movie was amazing and I can't wait to see the special features and behind the scenes featurettes.
I love this movie so much. The part with the cannibals is a litle scary and unnecasary but it is still a very nice touching action packed story. When they go to the island i love the scenery and the animals they see their especially the t-rex beacause it shows how well the island was hidden from time and the world. When they capture king kong and jack black throws the bottle of seditive and it explodes on King Kong face it makes me want to go through the tv and beat the crap out of him. At the end it makes me cry so hard every single time i watch it. one of my all time favoirites!
I just got this movie the day it came out. It is unbelievable! It is truly the best DVD of all time. I prefer you get this two-disk special edition. It has great behind the scenes footage.
I will be honest, I was not a part of the pre-KK hoopla. The 1976 version (blech) ruined any desire for me to see any KK remake. However, once the reviews began and people started talking my daughters and I decided to see King Kong. From the 1st scene on I was in awe. You do believe you are in 1930's NY. There is no detail that Mr Jackson left out of anything. You immediately have a connection to Ann (Naomi Watts) and can't help but hate Carl Denham (Jack Black) Many complained the 1st part of the movie goes too slow, I tend to disagree. Once they all board the "Venture" and are at sea, this is when the excitement starts and really does not stop until movie end. After arriving at Skull Island and finally meeting Kong, you really do believe that he is real. The attention to detail (down to each strand of his hair) is OUTSTANDING! His emotions, actions and finally the bonding with he and Ann will touch anyone's heart. Once Kong is captured, even knowing how the movie is supposed to end you hope it doesn't. Once Kong escapes the theater, on a search for Ann, and once they do find each other get ready for some tears. That scene, until the end pull heavily on our heart strings. There is nothing I can think of which could make this masterpiece any better. The acting by all, and the special effects were all pinnacle. I think it stinks the Oscars over looked this picture in many deserving catagories. Let the total $$s earned speak for itself and all the fans (myself definitely included) this movie has generated. Even though I made it a point to see this movie a crazy amount of times while it was in the theater (10 to be exact) this movie will definitely be on my wish list!! Forget the original, forget any other remake,this King Kong IS King Kong :) Let the countdown the March 28th begin!!
I've watched & been a fan of the original King Kong for over 50 years. I hesitated seeing Pete Jackson's version on screen even though the pre-release trailers seemed promising. I overcame my reservations and stepped into one of the best movie experiences of my life. Peter Jackon's King Kong is nothing short of perfection. It is magnificent on all levels; script, visuals, acting, photography and more. My only critism is Jack Black as Carl Denham. Black puts forth a good effort but if you're familiar with the original King Kong you will understand my opinion. Black's performance is so overshadowed by the visuals and scope of the picture and Kong himself you quickly forget Denham exists. Don't miss this film!
It is the BEST movie in the entire world! It has everything people want from a motion picture. Most people look at it as a story of bestiality between a blonde and a big monkey - but it is sooo much more! It's a very human-like love story of connection, regret, fear and loss. I think it'll make movie history with Gone With The Wind and such movies.
Got to be the best three hours of film that i've sat through in ages. When you see Kong, it's hard to take your eyes off him...The effects are great (except the brontesaursus run). Also a great love story with good humour. A must for all.
Jackson has got it wrong this time but not everything. The first one-hour of the film - the audience might as well have a nice sleep. The choice of Naomi Watts is absolutely wrong cause she doesn’t look fresh but jaded, aged and over the hill for this role. I think Nicole Kidman would have been the right choice with her moues and limited acting skills. The visual attractions of the movie like dinosaurs’ fights and King Kong antics leave you cold. The background music fails the movie horrendously. In trying to keep the originality of the score the composer has lost sight of the movie’s subject and fails most supremely to create a menacing atmosphere. However, one would have not expected this but Jack Black leaves his usual circus-dog antics and acts well. Brody might as well not been there. Rest of cast nap through the movie! However, one ought to see this movie because it has been feted and celebrated in this present time we’re living in and we must not leave anything that life offers us, isn’t it? So grab your chance and see this movie and well, if you don’t see it, you won’t miss much. Cheers!
I throughly enjoyed watching KING KONG, it was certainly a good adaption of (my favorite movie) the original 1933 KING KONG, though it was much to long. the special effects were astounding, and I could hardly tell that KONG wasn't real. There could have been a few more species of Dinosaurs, but there were still a good amount. I enjoyed all the actors, and even though it was to long, I still enjoyed it enough for 4 stars!
I have always been a big fan of King Kong. I couldn't get to the movies fast enough when it came out. I always root for him to win and I always cry at the end when he dies. King Kong movies are the greatest. Can't wait for it to come out on DVD. I'll be sure to add to my collection of KONG movies.
King Kong was originally made in 1933, it was a huge success, it showed the audience that a film could have good special effects. The 1933 version was supposed to be a medaphore for the depression, i never saw this though ( all i saw was fay Wray being held by a giant ape) the movie was still very good in my mind. Seeing the movie now days amoungst the graphics of new movies made the movie seem worse, but it wasn't the graphics i liked, it was the story line. I wanted to see a good King Kong movie so i thought i'd rent the 1976 remake, i was ashamed. The 1976 version is worse than the original. Just when i thought there couldn't be a good King Kong movie, i see Peter Jackson's new version. Peter Jackson knows how to make good stories into good movies, as he is the Oscar winning filmmaker behind the Lord of The Ring series. This movie was brilliant, Jackson has created a masterpiece, it keeps the same style of the original and beefs it up to just over three hours. The movie has a paced beginning, allowing us to get to know each character and then the Venture crashes on Skull Island. This is where the movie explodes with non-stop action, in one scene King Kong fights three T-Rexes at once, another scene has the crew mates trapped inside a bug infested trench. The acting in this movie is above good, Naomi Watts plays Anne Darrow, and she is excellent. She acts so convincingly we forget that she is on a blue screen pretending the CGI kong is actually there. Adrian Brody is also good as the screen writer turned hero, and Jack Black brings an Orson Wells like quality to his role as Carl Denham, a filmmaker. The movie is composed of three acts, the first shows the characters as the make their way aboard the ship and head to skull island. The second is on skull island, it is two stories, that of Anne and Kong and that of the crew trying to rescue miss Darrow. The third and final act is amazing, as King Kong breaks free in 1933 New York and climbs the empire state building, Jackson creates this final classic scene better with his stunning visuals. The movie is a bit long, but all you can complain about is too much good footage. Jackson draws more on story and character emphasis than graphics, he creates a dramatic remake that still comes alive with action. This movie is better than Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy (only by a hair) and i urge anyone who liked the original or who have never seen it to see this version. Compared to the standards of today this movie is the best Kong picture out there, see it and you wont regret it.
This was a great movie, it is exactly what i expected from Peter Jackson, perfection. The movie is three hours long and it starts off a little slow but it doesnt leave you wanting to turn it off. If you liked The Lord of the Rings or the other King Kong movies it is a must see!