King Kong

  • 12
  • Peter Jackson (2005)
  • NZ / US
  • 179 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Director Peter Jackson fulfilled his lifelong ambition with this second remake of the 1933 classic. He lovingly honours the original, expertly re-creating exact sequences while embellishing them astutely to recapture its thrilling escapism for modern audiences. Set in the same year that the quintessential monster movie was made, the story sees maverick film-maker Carl Denham (Jack Black) save dancer Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) from the Depression breadline to star in his latest adventure that's to be shot on mysterious Skull Island. But, just as a shipboard romance is kindled between Ann and scriptwriter Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody), she is kidnapped by nasty natives who offer her to their living god, Kong. Where this remake particularly impresses is with the poignantly fleshed out relationship that develops between Ann and her brilliantly executed CGI jungle protector, and this pays enormous emotional dividends when the giant ape escapes after being shipped to Manhattan. The scenes involving a dinosaur stampede, a scary T rex battle and a gorge full of creepy giant insects may add to the film's extreme length, but Jackson's return of the King nevertheless remains sensational entertainment.

Plot Summary

Period fantasy adventure starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody. A group of intrepid movie-makers set off from New York on a danger-filled expedition to the fabled Skull Island. However, little do they know that the place is also home to an enormous ape...

Cast and crew


Ann Darrow
Naomi Watts
Carl Denham
Jack Black
Jack Driscoll
Adrien Brody
Captain Englehorn
Thomas Kretschmann
Colin Hanks
Jamie Bell
Evan Parke
Kong / Lumpy the cook
Andy Serkis
Bruce Baxter
Kyle Chandler
Lobo Chan


Peter Jackson

Other Information

Colour and Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Violence and swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 16 Dec 2005
Certificate 12
Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd