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King Kong - Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Peter Jackson

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Movie propaganda

Set in the 1930s, this is the story of a group of explorers and filmmakers who travel to the mysterious Skull Island (near Sumatra) to investigate legends of a giant gorilla named Kong. Once there, they discover that Kong is a real creature, living in a massive jungle where creatures from prehistoric times have been protected and hidden for millions of years. As the explorers search for the great ape, their quest puts them up against both Kong and his dinosaur enemies. Ultimately, it is the attention of a beautiful human woman that soothes Kong long enough for him to be subdued by the explorers and shipped back to New York, where his bleak future involves being put on display in front of humans... but how long can even the mightiest shackles of man hold back an ape 8 metres tall?

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Monster adventure thriller giant gorilla New York Indonesia dinosaur action Skull Island native sacrifice

Persons of interest

  • Naomi Watts .... Ann Darrow
  • Jamie Bell .... Jimmy
  • Jack Black .... Carl Denham
  • Adrien Brody .... Jack Driscoll
  • Kyle Chandler .... Bruce Baxter
  • Thomas Kretschmann .... Captain Englehorn
  • Evan Parke .... First Mate
  • Andy Serkis .... King Kong, Lumpy the Cook
  • John Sumner .... Herb
  • Lobo Chan .... Choy
  • Evan Parke .... Hayes
  • Craig Hall .... Mike
  • Colin Hanks .... Preston
  • Merian C Cooper .... Storywriter
  • Edgar Wallace .... Storywriter
  • Frances Walsh .... Screenwriter
  • Philippa Boyens .... Screenwriter
  • Peter Jackson .... Screenwriter
  • Peter Jackson .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

I remember the 1933 Fay Wray classic from numerous screenings on TV. I think I even saw the 1976 Dino DeLaurentiis remake (I was too young to have good taste); Thank heavens I never heard of the sequel (King Kong lives). Now that Peter Jackson has added his take on the subject I feel that the circle is complete. King Kong is almost the movie that Merian C Cooper and Ernest B Schoedsack were trying to make 70 years ago.

If you can put aside the problem that you already know the story (Beauty kills the Beast) - that Peter Jackson hasn't changed it to any significant degree - then this version of King Kong is a great action/adventure flick with great special effects, interesting characterisation and lots of thrills and spills: it's a hoot. If you remember anything from the original then you'll (maybe) enjoy seeing all the old familiar faces in all the old familiar places. If you watch the first version beforehand you'll get three hours of wandering through some cool special effects and a bit more dirt (ie grit).

Three hours is too long for this film - it should be cut down to a 2 hour, 50 minute movie - as it has a tendency to drag, even through the exciting action bits. However, King Kong is still a great theme park ride, and afterThe lord of the rings we can forgive Peter Jackson just about anything. Have fun.

Security censorship classification

M (Moderate violence)

Surveillance time

187 minutes (3:07 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 14 December 2005

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