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2000s, Action, Alternative Reality, Drama - Family

King Kong (2005)

Duration 3h 7m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story The 1933 film of the same name scripted by James Creelman and Ruth Rose.
Writer/s Script Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Writer/s Story In 1933 – Edgar Wallace and Merian C Cooper
Director Peter Jackson
Starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell, Kyle Chandler
Elevator Pitch A movie producer, in some trouble at home, hires a ship and a crew to make a film on the fabled Skull Island. When they arrive they find a primitive tribe skulking behind a vast wall, on the other side of which is at least one animal to which they offer the female star as a sacrifice. In order to rescue her the crew venture over the wall into a different world.
Content The crew travel on an old ship to the island. They encounter the natives who live in caves and then the beasts, reptiles and giant insects on the other side of the wall. Many set pieces as the humans battle with the strange creatures as well as Kong, and Kong also battles with TRexs to save the actress. Then the third act back in New York as the giant ape lays waste to much of the city.
A View I liked the ship, which was real, even though they kept the wheelhouse lights on at night. All the set pieces were impressive, although I personally always find the mixture of reptiles, mammals and insects in “lost worlds” a bit strange, and say what you like, it was too long. The continuous sequences of battles in the second and third hour were in the end tiresome. Be aware of the length before you commit to watching it.

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