King Kong

King Kong

Peter Jackson (2005)

12A Certificate


Our Score
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.


Maverick film-maker Carl Denham and his cast and crew board a ship bound for a mysterious island - but when they arrive, a giant gorilla carries off their leading lady, Ann Darrow. As the crew makes its way through the teeming jungle to find her, the director concocts a dangerous scheme to capture the great ape and take it back to New York. Peter Jackson's remake of the fantasy adventure, starring Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody and Andy Serkis, in a dual role as the ship's cook and motion-captured creature.

Cast & Crew

Ann Darrow Naomi Watts
Carl Denham Jack Black
Jack Driscoll Adrien Brody
Captain Englehorn Thomas Kretschmann
Preston Colin Hanks
Jimmy Jamie Bell
Hayes Evan Parke
Kong / Lumpy the cook Andy Serkis
Bruce Baxter Kyle Chandler
Choy Lobo Chan
Director Peter Jackson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Edited for violence and language.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Dec 2005