In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with the leading lady.
|Release Date||:||December 12, 2005|
|Genres||:||Adventure, Drama, Action|
|Production Company||:||WingNut Films, Universal Pictures, Big Primate Pictures, MFPV Film|
|Production Countries||:||New Zealand, United States of America, Germany|
|Director||:||Peter Jackson, Victoria Sullivan, Merrin Ruck, Carolynne Cunningham, Veronique Lawrence|
|Writers||:||Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson|
|Casts||:||Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Andy Serkis, Evan Parke, Jamie Bell, Lobo Chan, John Sumner, Craig Hall, Kyle Chandler, William Johnson, David Pittu, Mark Hadlow, Geraldine Brophy, David Dennis, Pip Mushin, Jim Knobeloch, Ric Herbert, Lee Donahue, Tom Hobbs, Tiriel Mora, Jed Brophy, John Wraight, William Wallace, Frank Edwards, Crawford Thomson, Richard Kavanagh, Stephen Hall, Joe Folau, Chic Littlewood, Samuel Taylor|
|Plot Keywords||:||screenplay, show business, movie business, exotic island, monster, indigenous, ship, dinosaur|
I am not one of those classic buffs that automatically dislikes a re-make. Hey, sometimes they are better.....sometimes. This is definitely NOT one of those cases. Of course the special effects far more advanced than something in the 1930s but, other than that, the original is far better than this one, in story and in likable and believable characters and beasts. This could have been have super - a fabulous and memorable re-make - but director Peter Jackson went the way of most filmmakers and media people of today........meaning OVERKILL a story.
Instead of King Kong fighting one dinosaur, he fights about a half dozen, sometimes while hanging on to cliffs with one hand and squeezing the heroine in the other!! Instead of being chased by one wild beast, a stampede occurs against the island visitors! Instead of causing a traffic pileup in New York city, we get dozens of car crashes at every intersection. Instead of zero profanity, we now get 20 blatant uses of the Lord's name in vain. Instead of an action-packed two hour film we get three hours.....you get the point.
As Jackson did in the final Lord Of The Rings trilogy after two super films, he screws it up by doing everything in excess. That's two films in a row for him in which the violence goes on so long and is so cartoon-like, it has no credibility and turns off most of the audience long before the movie ends.
Not only is the audience insulted and dumbed-and-numbed down with the ridiculous action scenes in here, we are supposed to believe that young-and-pretty "Anne Darrow" (Naomi Watts) quickly gets over any fear of this giant ape (which should have scared the crap out of her the entire way). In no time, she's entertaining Kong with vaudeville acts and cartwheels! And, by the end of the film, is in love with him. We sit through an interminably-long last 5-10 minutes watch "beauty and the beast" staring at each other with moist eyes before Kong gives it up.
When compared to the original - and what COULD have been produced here, this re-make is sickening. What a disappointment!