Archive: King Kong (2005) A Review

This much more true to the original remake of King Kong, pales in comparison to its more recent cousin ‘Kong: Skull Island.’  Good Lord does this one go on.

Certificate: 12A

Director: Peter Jackson

Screenwriter: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens

Starring: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody

Genre: Action, Adventure

Runtime: 187 Minutes (!)

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

When Peter Jackson is associated with a movie I really need to stop being so surprised that they are so long.  But in the same way that the Hobbit didn’t really need to be split into three films, King Kong did not in any way need to be three hours long.  At all.

Jack Black plays a washed-up movie director who is heading to the fabled Skull Island in the hope of making a movie so stunning that it will help revive his failing career.  When they arrive at the island, they are attacked by7 natives and Naomi Watts is taken prisoner, to be sacrificed to the monstrous Kong.  Once the movie team catch a glimpse of the amazing creature, they hatch a plan to bring him back to New York.  Which of course all ends in disaster.

I love a good acrtion sequence as much as the next person.  I am a sucker for them actually, I mean, Superheroes are my favourite brand of movie.  But here they just go on and on and on and… you get the picture.  And they are mostly the same.  Kong fighting against some aggressor or another, whether they are human or not, in order to protect the meak and helpless Naomi Watts.  Who spends A LOT of this film letting the wind blow through her perfectly coiffed hair, and screaming at the top of her lungs.  If they had taken out half of the action sequences, this film would already have been better for it.  And I know the climactic Empire State Building scene is about as Iconic as classic cinema gets, but god did they take their time up there.

You cannot fault Andy Serkis when it comes to his amazing visual effects.  He plays both a real flesh and blood on screen character, albeit a small one, but he also does all the motion Capture for Kong himself and it still mystifies me how they pull that off.  And I may have just gotten over whinging about Naomi Watts, but credit where it’s due, it can’t be easy acting beside a giant gorilla that doesn’t actually exist yet.  Jack Black probably plays the best character.  His despicable and slimy take on the movie director is really the only fully realised character in the whole film.  It kind of made the whole thing feel like it was meant to be a film about him.

Not a great success this one, but if you want to see it for yourself it is widely available on home release and digital now.

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