King Kong

King Kong

Director: Peter Jackson Cast: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2017
UPC: 0025192392689
Original Release: 2005
Rating: PG-13
Source: Universal Studios
Sales rank: 15,740

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Naomi Watts Ann Darrow
Jack Black Carl Denham
Adrien Brody Jack Driscoll
Thomas Kretschmann Captain Englehorn
Colin Hanks Preston
Andy Serkis King Kong,Lumpy the Cook
Jamie Bell Jimmy
Evan Parke Hayes
Lobo Chan Choy
Kyle Chandler Bruce Baxter
John Sumner Herbert
Craig Hall Mike

Technical Credits
Peter Jackson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Miriam Barrard Set Decoration/Design
Joe Peter Bleakley Art Director
Jan Blenkin Producer
Philippa Boyens Co-producer,Screenwriter
Simon Bright Art Director
Victoria Burrows Casting
Christina Crawford Set Decoration/Design
Carolynne Cunningham Asst. Director,Producer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
John Hubbard Casting
Dan Hubbard Casting
Brian Van't Hul Special Effects
Andrew Lesnie Cinematographer
Darryl Longstaffe Set Decoration/Design
Grant Major Production Designer
Eileen Moran Co-producer
Liz Mullane Casting
Jabez Olssen Editor
Hammond Peek Sound/Sound Designer
Barry Read Set Decoration/Design
Ann Robinson Casting
Terry Ryan Costumes/Costume Designer
Jamie Selkirk Editor
Richard Taylor Makeup Special Effects
Philip Thomas Set Decoration/Design
Ethan Van der Ryn Sound/Sound Designer
Fran Walsh Producer,Screenwriter
Weta Workshop Ltd. Makeup Special Effects
Annette Wullems Associate Producer

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King Kong 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
guitaoist3 More than 1 year ago
5 stars r u kidding they must not speakee englis
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
_MizzBookWurm_ More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was an awesome movie with plenty of action and a little comedy. I think it was a little too long as 3hrs and 7 mins., but it was great and I look forward to adding it to my DVD collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title says it all with some new surprises making this one heck of an entertaining movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The version is great because it has good special effects and it has a amazing cast. It also has Jack Black in a serious role which is cool.So I would buy this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A stunning rich adaptation with a healthy backstory and loads of excellent effects. The story drags only slightly in a couple of areas with only one scene near the end that didn't really fit with the rest of the story. Aside from that, a triumphant achievement that sets a high bar for those remakes who dare to follow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although overlooked in many of the Oscar catagories for 2005, King Kong held it's own. It is without a doubt one of the best movies I have seen in many years. I had no desire to see this movie until the reviews came in after it opened, then I had to see it. I was not disappointed. Peter Jackson's uncanny ability to put you right into the movie was achieved in Kong also. There is no way you do not believe you have been thrown back in time, placed on a distant lost island then find yourself on top of the Empire State Building cheering for Kong when he destroys 2 of the fighter planes, and feeling very sad when the ending comes. My children and I loved this movie, anyone who did not see it in a theater will never know what they missed. I can't wait to buy this DVD, it will no doubt be one of my favorites for years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was at the edge of my seat the entire film. In most action films there are 3 extreme action sequences, but in King Kong I counted close to 10 intense actions sequences that left little or no room for a breathe. Naomi Watts and Adrian Brody were brilliant and Jack Black only added to the cast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although an entertaining movie, it doesn't exceed the original. In the acting department, I don't think Peter Jackson really believes he has to try anymore since everything he does is a success lately. Although true, the film suffers. The film is also too long. I find myself unable to sit and enjoy it in the comfort of my own home because it is so long. Other than that the action doesn't disappoint, niether does the musical score or the CGI. An entertaining Blockbuster, just don't go for good acting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This roks. Actors movie, all incredible. Peter Jackson should win best director. See it thats all I got to say!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!