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Rated PG-13 · 187 minutes · 2005

Peter Jackson, maker of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, wastes not a cent on his $200 million Kong remake; it is, at various moments, a lively, frantic, noisy, and touching spectacle, which is to be expected from a man who claims the 1933 original as one of his favorite films. Yet it's turgid and soulless, too -- a nearly note-for-note remake that spares no expense in order to run nearly twice the original length. Whole scenes have been copied, whole speeches lifted. Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) is once again a starving New York actress, rescued from the streets by jungle-picture director Carl Denham (Jack Black, in way over his eyebrows). The hero's still named Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody), but here he's a spindly playwright. When at last Jackson drops anchor on Skull Island, King Kong becomes precisely what you expect: a deafening video game in which the characters overcome one squishy, sharp-toothed peril after another. The girl still cries, the ape still dies, and all you're left with is a ringing in your ears.
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Director: Peter Jackson
Writer: Philippa Boyens and Merian C. Cooper
Producer: Peter Jackson
Cast: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell, Kyle Chandler, Lobo Chan, Thomas Kretschmann, Evan Parke and Louis Sutherland


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