Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Andy Serkis, Evan Parke, Jamie Bell and Lobo Chan
Genre: Science Fiction
Format Used: My Own DVD
Contains: Mild Language, Graphic Violence
Also Known As:
Kong: The Eighth Wonder of the World (International: English title) (teaser title)
Peter Jackson's King Kong (USA) (promotional title)
The year is 1933 and the country is gripped by the great depression. Ann Darrow is an out of work Vaudville actress who meets
movie Producer Carl Denham. Carl hires Ann to be in his upcoming movie and ignores the orders of studio heads to shelve the
picture. Carl charters a ship and a crew to a remote island.
Where they discover a massive prehistoric ape that the natives call Kong. Ann becomes a sacrifice to Kong who takes a
liking to her and becomes willing to risk his own life to protect her.
Meanwhile the men of the ship along with the screenwriter go to rescue the fair maiden from the giant beast.
We all know the story, ape meets girl, ape steals girl, boy rescues girl, ape climbs really big building. Now this is not
the first remake for the classic 1933 Fay Rae movie. But out of the two major remakes in film history, this is the best. Where
the 1976 remake modernized it and had them searching for oil, this stayed within the time period of the original movie. Jack
Black does a great job, although he's best known for all those silly comedies like Natcho Libra, he shows in this that he
can do serious parts and well. The effects are incredible, but I wouldn't expect any less from award winning director Peter
Jackson of the Lord Of the Ring flicks. The only major change that I need to point out that they made Kong a mere thirty feet
tall when he was suppose to be sixty. But that is minor compared to the whole outlook of the movie and the other monsters.
A modern masterpiece and worth a watch if you are a fan of the original material. 9 STARS.
I agree, the story, the characters are all classic and it was a stroke of genius of Peter Jackson to return it to the time
when it first happened, instead of "modernizing" it like the 1976 remake did. Yup, if the two remakes go up head
to head. This one will win every time. 9 STARS as well.
ON THE POSITIVE SIDE (- HITS):
+ STORY (The classic story works more then a up to date one.)
+ CLASSIC CHARACTERS (Carl and Ann are welcome returns.)
+ EFFECTS (Incredible effects.)
+ MASSIVE MONSTERS (Kong's island is crawling with cool monsters.)
ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE (- MISSES):
- SMALLER KONG (I wonder why they shrunk Kong thirty feet?)
- FAN BASED (If you aren't big on giant monsters or if you prefer the '76 version. Then this isn't the movie for you.)