Peter Jackson directs the dramatic adventure "King Kong," bringing his sweeping cinematic vision to the iconic story of the gigantic ape captured in the wild and brought to civilization where he meets his tragic fate.

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KEN PRIEBE
KEVIN MILLER
MATT KINNE
JACOB SAHMS
JOHANN "Yo" SNYDER
MIKE FURCHES

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Click to go to Mark's BlogTwo giant beasts ruled the holiday seasonbox office:
King Kong and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


Though many see a rivalry between the mighty lion and the colossal gorilla, I see this as an opportunity to watch two well-made and enjoyable films.
Article by MARK EZRA STOKES

KING KONGI AM TOTALLY BLITZED

...still rather dizzy from the final scenes, a little queasy from too much popcorn, and emotionally drained from an amazing movie experience. So I will try to gather my thoughts, but this may seem a bit disconnected and stream-of-consciousness. Here we go...

Review by KEN PRIEBE


Albert Einstein once said, “Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life.”

That thought is at the heart of Peter Jackson’s King Kong, a contemporary adaptation of one of cinema’s greatest monster stories, itself a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast myth.


Review by Tom Price

Was KING KONG an over the top,
overly long, self-indulgent piece of filmmaking?

You bet it was. And thank God for that.

After all, this is a story about a 25-foot gorilla that winds up on top of the Empire State Building batting planes out of the air. This is no time for restraint. It’s also a project that director Peter Jackson has dreamed of working on since he was a kid.
Review by Kevin Miller

KING KONG really knows how to emote.

He’s meaner, louder, and scarier than previous incarnations, but also kinder and gentler too. Fanatics will love that Kong roars and beats his chest yet again in Peter Jackson’s epic retelling of the great ape. Slamming the senses with thrilling action, the movie suffers from some weak dialogue and characterization.

Review by Matt Kinne

KING KONG IS GREAT

It brings all of the thrills of the modern movie (Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Titanic) to the screen, while maintaining most if not all of the period-piece feeling to the original. The acting is campy but I’d say that’s intended. The special effects are dizzying, particularly Kong’s last stand above New York City.

Review by Jacob Sahms

KING KONGThat is the story of love,
and calling.

Of loving a story so deeply that one is called to do the original movie, and story justice. Peter Jackson is that story. This man had a passion for something he loved, and overcame many obstacles to see to it that the thing he loved came about.

Review by Mike Furches

WOW!
KING KONG

Peter Jackson obviously loves this story, and it shows in every frame. King Kong is a rare movie experience. I can’t remember the last time I felt this much of “wow” factor, this much of an exciting, thrilling ride at the movies.

Review by YO

BASIC CREDITS

Release Date: December 14, 2005enlarge
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Peter Jackson
Screenwriter:
Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
Starring: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis, Thomas Kretschmann, Colin Hanks, Kyle Chandler, Evan Parke, Lobo Chan, Jamie Bell, John Sumner, Craig Hall, Geraldine Brophy, Will Wallace, Joe Folau, Ray Woolf, John Clarke, Joe Folau, Will Wallace, Pip Mushin, Jed Brophy, Jason Whyte
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Official Website: KingKong.com

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SYNOPSIS
enlargeTriple Academy Award® winner Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) directs the dramatic adventure "King Kong," bringing his sweeping cinematic vision to the iconic story of the gigantic ape captured in the wild and brought to civilization where he meets his tragic fate. Jackson assumes directing, producing and co-screenwriting duties and surrounds himself with a list of superlative filmmaking and acting talents. Jackson re-teams with longtime collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, co-writing the screenplay with three-time Oscar®-winning partner Walsh and their "The Lord of the Rings" co-writer, Academy Award® winner Boyens. Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham, Fran Walsh and Jackson produce the film under their WingNut Films banner.

Academy Award® nominee Naomi Watts ("21 Grams") portrays Ann
enlargeDarrow, an actress from the world of vaudeville who finds herself out of a job in Depression-era New York. Her luck changes when she meets Carl Denham, played by Jack Black ("School of Rock"). Denham is an entrepreneur, raconteur, adventurer and filmmaker who is struggling to make a name for himself in the entertainment industry. Bold, ebullient and charismatic, Denham has a natural sense of showmanship and an appetite for greatness, which ultimately leads to catastrophe. Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody ("The Pianist") steps into the role of Jack Driscoll, a New York playwright, who becomes an unlikely hero in a romantic adventure story which will test his physical courage and his heart.

Andy Serkis (who performed the role of the CGI character Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) provided both on-set performance reference and motion capture performance for the title character of King Kong. Serkis also appears onscreen playing Lumpy the cook, in service aboard the tramp steamer Venture, bound for Skull Island, under the command of Captain Englehorn, played by Thomas Kretschmann (U-571). Colin Hanks (Orange County) portrays a production assistant to filmmaker Carl Denham and Kyle Chandler (television's "Early Edition"), taking on the
enlargerole of Bruce Baxter, a 1930's movie star cast opposite Ann Darrow in the film Denham is shooting.

Visual effects are again accomplished by New Zealand-based companies Weta Digital, under the direction of Oscar® winner Joe Letteri and Weta Workshop, under the direction of Oscar® winner Richard Taylor. Visual effects and miniatures will supplement practical locations in creating the primordial jungles of Skull Island and the bustling metropolis of '30s-period Manhattan.




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