Is the story of King Kong
really worth a three-hour movie? It is when Peter Jackson
tells it. This 2005 remake is an amazing film not just because the special effects are spectacular, but because it is very faithful to the original, but fleshes out the story well, especially the pre-Kong part, by delving into the depression gripping New York and the nation in the 1930's, yet it never, ever, gets boring.
It's all here. A desperate film producer finds a vaudeville actress down on her luck, and transports her on a tramp steamer to a primitive lost island to film a movie that will, he hopes, save his career. They stumble onto a monstrous gorilla, who snatches the actress, but then falls in love with her. With the help of the ship's crew, the producer captures the ape and transports him to New York. Miserable at captivity and missing the actress, he escapes and terrifies New York until he is killed, much to the sorrow of the actress.Naomi Watts
deserves a lot of credit for her role as the actress, because not only did she do a good acting job, but because they beat the crap out of her. First the natives who captured her manhandled her terribly, then Kong really smacks her around in a bunch of scenes. Yes, it was all pretend, but it still had to have been a demanding role.
Incredible action, and a really well done and well-acted story make this a top-notch, must-see film. This is absolutely NOT a typical monster movie, and of course, it's head and shoulders above the 1933 original. Oh, and you didn't expect a small collage for King Kong
, now did you?
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