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A filmmaker must complete his film and his headlining actress has pulled out of his project. He goes in search of a leading lady that can fix the costumes that have already been made. He signs Ann Darrow for the part. The crew is loaded on the a tramp steamer in hopes of finishing the film. Little do they know that they are headed to Skull Island to capture the mystery that exists there.
Drama Adventure - This is a remake of the classic adventure/monster movie and has all
the effects and action one would expect, but it is also a well-acted
and surprisingly moving love story. As such, it has much larger
appeal than it would appeal, delivering action, effects, humor, and
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good Once the action starts, however, it's difficult to find something more energetic, more daring, and more touching than King Kong. This is roughly two hours of the best movie-making available today. It's worth every penny (and more) that was spent bringing it to the screen.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent 'King Kong' is a magnificent entertainment. It is like the flowering of all the possibilities in the original classic film.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 157 moviegoers: GREAT OPINIONS! Over half rated it "Excellent" or "Fantastic." Most of the remaining half also rated it quite high. There were quite a few who only rated it as an "Average" movie. And there were a few who didn't care much for "King Kong." Overall, I have no problem HIGHLY RECOMMENDING "KING KONG." I believe it is destined to become a classic.
It is 1933, and vaudeville actress Ann Darrow (NAOMI WATTS) has found herself—like so many other New Yorkers during the Great
Depression—without the means to earn a living. Unwilling to compromise and allow
herself to sink into a career in burlesque, she considers her limited options while
aimlessly wandering the streets of Manhattan. When her hunger drives her to
unsuccessfully try to steal an apple from a fruit vendor's stall, she is rescued—literally—
by filmmaker and multiple hyphenate Carl Denham (JACK BLACK).
It seems that the entrepreneur-raconteur-adventurer is no stranger to theft, having
that day lifted the only existing print of his most recent and unfinished film from under
his studio executives' noses when they threatened to pull his completion funds. Carl has
until the end of the day to get his crew onboard the Singapore-bound tramp steamer, the
S.S. Venture, in hopes of completing his travelogue/action film. With that, the showman
is certain he will finally achieve the personal greatness he knows awaits him around the
corner…and although the crew believe that corner to be Singapore, Denham actually
hopes to find and capture on film the mysterious place of legend: Skull Island.
Unfortunately for Carl, his headlining actress has pulled out of his project, but his
search for a size-four leading lady (the costumes have all been made) has,
fatefully, led him to Ann. The struggling actress is reluctant to sign on with
Denham, until she learns that the up-and-coming, socially relevant playwright
Jack Driscoll (ADRIEN BRODY) is penning the screenplay—the fees his friend Carl pays
for pot-boiling adventure are a welcome supplement to Driscoll's nominal income from
his stage plays.
With his newly discovered star and coerced screenwriter reluctantly onboard,
Denham's "moving picture ship" heads out of New York Harbor…and toward a destiny
that none aboard could possibly foresee.