by Peter Jackson (dir)
Review by Lee Gilliland
Date: December 12, 2005 / Show Official Info /
CAST:Naomi Watts as Ann Darrow | Jack Black as Carl Denham | Adrien Brody as Jack Driscoll | and Andy Serkis as King Kong/Lumpy the Cook.
I must admit, I usually am left cold by remakes - my usual take is what was wrong with the thing in the first place? And then you have the extra difficulty of doing a remake of something like King Kong, one of the greatest classics of all time, and yup, you've got a problem....
Only no, you don't, not this time. This time it got done right. This is the film the way Cooper and Schoedsack would have done it had they had color film and the graphics capabilities we have now. There are very few changes in the plot - Jack Driscoll is now a well-known New York intellectual and playwright (that's how Denham convinces Ann Darrow too join the party), there is a stampede scene of brontosauruses not in the original, and Kong faces not one but three T. Rexes - and some of the original scenes that were deleted, most notably the man-sized carnivorous insects in the bottom of the abyss, have been reintroduced (although I could have lived without that little addition. Ick). But otherwise, this is EXCELLENT, believable (yes, you do honestly feel an emotional connection of sorts between Darrow and Kong), fast-paced, and just plain fun.
In other words, good old-fashioned at-the-edge-of-your-seat, you're-gonna-love-this exciting movie magic. Jackson got this one perfect. Frankly, I cannot rave enough. Go see it, you'll thank me.