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King Kong (2005)
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by Peter Sobczynski

"Tries to be the biggest and best blockbuster ever and pretty much succeeds."
5 stars

The moment when Peter Jackson’s monumental restaging of “King Kong” transforms itself from superior pop entertainment to something truer and deeper is a scene that occurs at roughly the half-way point. Surprisingly, it is a comparatively quiet scene in which the eternally plucky Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), having been abducted by the 25-foot-ape known as Kong into the darkest jungles of Skull Island, tries to find a way of distracting and amusing her captor so that he won’t utilize her as a light snack. She hits upon the idea of recreating part of the Chaplinesque vaudeville routine that she used to do back in the equally dark jungles of Depression-era New York; to her relief, she discovers that even the largest primates enjoy pratfalls and juggling. It is a goofy and endearing scene but what makes it so memorable is that there is a genuine sense of screen chemistry between the flesh-and-blood Watts and the digitally-created Kong. Yes, he is a special effect that has been created thanks to the latest digital tricks but in that moment, Kong seems more real and genuinely emotional than the vast majority of live-action characters in the films that I have seen this year. That is the trickiest aspect of a film like this–anyone with a bank of computers can create a creature capable of climbing tall buildings and swatting biplanes out of the sky but there are very few that could actually convince viewers that the creature is doing those things because he is just a big lug who has fallen head-over-heels for a pretty blonde.

For Jackson, “King Kong” is the culmination of a dream that began when he saw the 1933 original for the first time and, it is said, became obsessed with the idea of being a filmmaker as a result. In fact, he originally planned to remake the film back in the mid-1990's after his string of cult favorites (including “Bad Taste,” “Braindead” and “Heavenly Creatures”) caught the attention of Hollywood and led to his first American studio film, 1996's “The Frighteners.” The production, which was to star his “Heavenly Creatures” discovery Kate Winslet in the Fay Wray role, collapsed when “The Frighteners” tanked at the box-office. At the time, this was a setback for Jackson but in hindsight, it proved to be a blessing in disguise. For starters, it allowed him to proceed with his other pet project, a little thing known as the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the mammoth success of that series put him in the rarefied position where he could literally do anything he wanted. Additionally, the delay allowed for the quantum leaps that the visual-effects industry has made over the last ten years–the technology has advanced so much that he is now able to give us a Kong capable of doing practically anything that he could think of in a convincing manner.

Most importantly, the delay has allowed Jackson to grow and develop as a filmmaker. Back then, his films, with the singular exception of “Heavenly Creatures,” were ambitious orgies of blood, black humor and bizarre imagery that were entertaining but which consumed ideas at such a voracious pace that sheer exhaustion would kick in at about the two-thirds mark. In recent years, he has figured out how to pace his movies so that he can constantly dazzle viewers with jaw-dropping sights and sounds without letting things descend into chaos. Once Kong makes his appearance, the film seems like virtually one extended set-piece after another but it is cleverly structured in such a way that we get a scene eye-popping enough to become an instant high-water mark for the genre (such as a dinosaur chase/stampede that ends with a pileup that looks like what the climactic cop-car smash-up in “The Blues Brothers” might have looked like if it involved future fossils instead of fossil fuels) and it is followed by a quieter, more character-driven moment (such as the bit I cited earlier) that works on its own and also allows viewers to fully process the stunning sights they have just experienced before the next one kicks in.

I won’t describe the plot of the film–“King Kong” is one of those rare cinematic myths that is so fundamentally ingrained into the popular culture that even those who have somehow never seen it before pretty much know the gist of it. I will say that in adapting it, Jackson and co-writers Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens (his collaborators on the “Rings” films) have somehow managed to pull off the feat that has eluded so many others who have attempted to redo a classic film for a contemporary audience. For starters, they have resisted the urge to bring the story up-to-date by setting it in modern times (the approach chosen by the 1976 Dino De Laurentis remake, a film that is better than its reputation suggests but one so tied into its time period–what with jokes and references to oil embargoes, women’s lib and “Deep Throat”–that it actually seems more dated today than the original). Instead, they have wisely chosen to set it in 1933, the same year as the release of the original, and it just somehow feels like it is the only appropriate timeframe for this particular tale. Because it takes place during the darkest days of the Depression, it isn’t difficult to believe that a down-on-her-luck person like Ann would willingly throw in with fast-talking filmmaker Carl Denham (Jack Black) and sail off on a mysterious adventure. Because it is a time before the world began coming closer together as a result of technological breakthroughs, it seems like a period when one could still jump on a tramp steamer and come across a land that time forgot like Skull Island.

This particular period inspires details that flesh out the central characters in interesting manners; Denham is the model of the kind of cheerful exploitation filmmaker that were allowed to flourish at the edges of the film industry at the time as long as they could put things on the screen that the majors couldn’t or wouldn’t while Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody), the straight-arrow hero in previous versions, has been intriguingly reconceived as a Federal Theater playwright uneasy at selling out his talent to score a quick buck as a screenwriter. It also allows Jackson to slip in a few amusing in-jokes for the benefit of “Kong” fanatics–when Denham is frantically trying to think of a replacement actress when his original star drops out, he is told that one suggestion is out because “Fay is doing a picture at R.K.O.” However, the best argument for setting it in 1933 is the fact that it just plain feels right–somehow, biplanes seem like the only appropriate way to deal with the problem of a 25-foot-ape climbing up the Empire State Building.

When it was announced that “King Kong” had a running time of just over three hours–nearly double the length of the original–there was much involuntary flinching from those wondering what reason beyond sheer hubris would lead Jackson to drag such a simple story to such lengths–would the last hour of the film consist of endless goodbyes to Kong a la “The Return of the King”? Happily, it moves like a shot from the bravura opening sequence–a Depression montage set to “Sittin’ On Top Of the World” that neatly sets the scene while allowing us to savor the period detail created by the army of technicians–and even the opening 70-odd minutes that elapse before we get our first look at Kong work for the way that they allow the characters to grow and develop will slowly building the anticipation for the moment when Beauty and the Beast first meet. Sure, there are moments that teeter towards the edge of self-indulgence–a version of the legendary “spider-pit” sequence that was famously deleted from the original (it is fun and contains any number of amusingly icky creatures but it comes so quickly on the heels of 20-odd minutes of sustained action and feels a little anti-climactic–ironically, the very reason that the scene was dropped from the original in the first place) and a bit towards the end where the reunited Kong and Ann go ice-skating, after a fashion, in Central Park before the Empire State showdown–but after pulling everything else off so amazingly well, even the most critical of viewers will find themselves willing to cut him a little slack for including them.

Another surprising aspect to “King Kong” is the strong acting from the leads. As Ann, Naomi Watts has the unenviable task of not only spending much of her screen time not only reacting to something that isn’t really there but doing so in a way that will convince viewers that she actually cares about Kong. Somehow, she pulls it off–she and Kong have genuine chemistry together–and the result is the best performance that she has given since her breakthrough in “Mulholland Drive.” Adrien Brody has an even more thankless role–although he gets the girl in the end by default, Jack Driscoll essentially spends the entire film playing the Baxter to a giant ape–but he does some intriguing things with it and his slightly odd presence (he is about as far from the square-jawed hero type as you can imagine)is a good fit with his fish-out-of-water character. There were some fears that the presence of Jack Black, the human tornado at the center of “School of Rock” and “High Fidelity,” suggested that Jackson was turning the film into a burlesque but Black turns out to be a surprisingly effective choice–he manages to convey the boundless energy and enthusiasm of Denham without going overboard into buffoonery.

However, the standout performance here comes from Andy Serkis, the actor who helped bring Kong to life by acting the role out in a motion-capture suit to serve as a basis for the digital artists to do their thing, a feat he previously did for Jackson in “Lord of the Rings” by enacting the part of Gollum. He brings a genuinely human soul to Kong while always maintaining a convincingly simian manner. The end result is a legitimately moving performance–although I doubt that anyone would have the guts to consider his efforts worthy of a Best Supporting Actor nomination, I certainly wouldn’t argue if such a thing did somehow happen.

The original “King Kong” is one of those legendary works that, like “Citizen Kane,” “Casablanca” and “2001,” will be seen, analyzed, discussed and revered for as long as people do such things with movies. Obviously, it will never be replaced but Jackson has instead come up with the next best thing–a film that pays homage to the original while demonstrating such a fierce imagination of its own that it deserves a space on the same shelf next to the earlier film. It is such an impressive achievement on virtually every level–it is funny, sweet, scary, thrilling and contains the kind of honestly tear-jerking finale that will melt even the hardest of hearts–that I can see how it might inspire a whole new wave of future filmmakers all by itself.

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User Comments

9/12/17 morris campbell good but 2 long 4 stars
4/05/16 Charles Tatum Merely good 4 stars
12/30/14 Tom miscast (except for Ms. Watts) nice fx in NYC, but otherwise like a video game,poor music., 2 stars
6/26/11 DR Entertaining in parts. But very boring in the middle, with a vacuous philosophy at the end. 2 stars
12/31/10 Napoleon Awesome movie! 5 stars
11/16/10 Joe Brizzi A great remake/re-telling of the magnificent original 1933 film. 5 stars
10/03/10 art A SUPERIOR REMAKE!,ERADICATES that AWFUL 1976 VERison,still the 1933 ONE is the BEST! 4 stars
10/25/09 No_limits75 Effective online instructors need training and ongoing professional development to develo 2 stars
10/25/09 Faggot71 Contaminants can enter water supplies either as a result of human and animal activities, o 2 stars
10/24/09 Loy61 This is surely one of the most elementary characteristics of the human rhythmic response, 5 stars
10/24/09 driver77 It's been around a lot longer than credit cards have, and I suspect that if the credit ca 5 stars
10/23/09 Merlin50 The low mutability of wild genes was distinctly increased, but the comparatively high mut 4 stars
10/22/09 Miss42 Peopling ancient landscapes: potential and problems, David MattinglyIII. , 4 stars
10/09/08 man awesome 5 stars
9/26/08 action movie fan good f/x but corny and laughable at times, 1933 film still the best-a disappointment. 2 stars
7/19/08 Shaun Wallner Well Made! 4 stars
5/08/08 Karrie Millheim The interaction between Kong and Watts was good, I cried at the end 5 stars
4/20/08 art OVERRATED REMAKE OF THE 1933 VERISON 3 stars
3/18/08 Con The Don A trip 2 snoreville when u watch this bag of gorrila shit 1 stars
3/10/08 Jayme Isaacs Great Movie 5 stars
11/26/07 dude loved it 5 stars
11/25/07 g webster Naomi -The giant ape-2 good reasons to see this film,great actionand a wonderful remake 4 stars
10/02/07 wall amazing 5 stars
9/18/07 dude loved it 5 stars
7/11/07 Hello Stranger talk about casting! the performances are brilliant. naomi watts is wow. epic movie 5 stars
6/14/07 Vincent Ebriega Inspired in many ways. Jackson really shows us the magic not seen in his LOTR films. 5/5. 5 stars
5/25/07 ebert best remake i've ever seen 5 stars
3/07/07 man just plain awesome 5 stars
3/06/07 Peter Jaxon fan holy rap that mvie was great 5 stars
2/16/07 Vip Ebriega Peter Jackson turns Kong from a monster to a really respected Hollywood image. 5 stars
2/11/07 Austin Wertman Overlong but friggin Awesome 5 stars
1/23/07 Pete 200 MILLION DOLLARS 1 stars
1/03/07 steve newman Great acting, great special effects, shame it was 30 minutes too long - still go see!! 4 stars
12/12/06 Dude Best remake ever 5 stars
11/02/06 stacy this was the first film I actually walked out of 1 stars
10/18/06 David Pollastrini a bit slow in places but still great. 5 stars
9/19/06 PD Ridiculous abuse of "extending disbelief". 1 stars
9/16/06 Benny best movie i`ve ever seen!!! 5 stars
8/09/06 Dragon The Artist One of the greatest rehashes& is a another product of CGI perfection.Very true to the story 5 stars
7/11/06 JM Synth Outstanding moments, but Jackson REALLY needs to start curbing his excesses 3 stars
7/08/06 Anthony Feor Jackson just wants to make the audience sit for 3 hours 1 stars
6/27/06 joe koski watch it,it rock!!!! 5 stars
6/25/06 Brian O'Neill Staggeringly huge in scale and still emotionally resonant (i.e. I agree with the reviewer!) 5 stars
6/23/06 exa one of the worst movies I've ever seen 1 stars
6/12/06 Michael Great review, thought the movie was fun! 4 stars
6/12/06 Ginger Terrible movie. CGI unimpressive 1 stars
6/07/06 Peggy Doty Pretty good 4 stars
6/04/06 Adam overated cgi overload 3 stars
6/03/06 Wipef Awesome!!!!!Totally rocked! I loved it!!!!! 5 stars
5/30/06 Bryan McAllister best fx ive seen in a movie ever 5 stars
5/24/06 Jason Watchable, but forgetable movie. Overhyped by some critics 3 stars
5/14/06 Indrid Cold Supremely well made extended action sequences, but didn't leave me in awe. 4 stars
5/02/06 Reklc Fun and well made.:real craftsmanship! 5 stars
5/02/06 Ashley Hinz Surprisingly well worth a look, but too long to buy. 4 stars
4/27/06 CHris I thought it was great, much better than that one with the dude in the ape suit LOL 5 stars
4/27/06 Quigley see this film for Skull Island alone. Easily some of cinema's most spetacular action ever. 5 stars
4/27/06 nora Grreat fun- 5 stars
4/27/06 Gabs worth watching once, but dodgy bits and pieces mar its quality. 4 stars
4/24/06 Danny Fell asleep several times during first hour, but the latter two are really entertaining 4 stars
4/24/06 Anthony Feor This movie is a downe 3 stars
4/22/06 Poopy Woopy Awesome! 5 stars
4/17/06 Yorkee Too long, Too loud - Too Much!! 2 stars
4/15/06 Matt He's using a hand-cranked camera because he doesn't have a sound man. Or electricity. Duh. 2 stars
4/15/06 TreeTiger One of the best - if not *the* best - movie of 2005... 5 stars
4/14/06 Aldo first hour is abit too slow for my liking.....but the rest is really enjoyable 4 stars
4/12/06 Reja fantastic effects while sticking to the original. 5 stars
4/09/06 stuart just a stupid gorrila 1 stars
4/02/06 Quigley it's not every day you see action sequences and CGI this amazing. incredible film 5 stars
4/01/06 othree The '30s meets The Mummy meets Jurassic Park meets Jane Goodall, not enough heart. 4 stars
3/31/06 millersxing it's a spectacle, but it's not spectacular 4 stars
3/31/06 Nobody Really exciting movie, amazing FX 5 stars
3/29/06 Mark Radburn What the Fuck is with you people, King Kong sucks Donkey Shit 1 stars
3/28/06 John it's really long and self indulgent - my least favorite King Kong version by far 2 stars
3/23/06 mike 1st hour was a yawn -but trex fight scene kicked ass 4 stars
3/18/06 Elizabeth Long but worth it 5 stars
3/12/06 Roderick Cromar This film is too long and repetetive. 4 stars
3/09/06 Dk Great FX and story but the timing of the film is ill judged 5 stars
3/04/06 chris f very good film very enjoyable 5 stars
2/26/06 Steven Lewis Too long but great special FX 3 stars
2/19/06 Tanya EXCELLENT MOVIE great effects 5 stars
2/11/06 Quigley the movie has moments that are simply spetacular. this is one awesome flick 5 stars
2/09/06 Dave Good but not really 3 stars
2/05/06 Anthony Feor Extremely long and extremely good 4 stars
1/26/06 Yorkee Too Long, Too Loud, TOO MUCH!! - Naomi was the saviour. 2 stars
1/25/06 John feels bloated and shallow at the same time 1 stars
1/25/06 LP Quagmire Stands proudly next to Paramount's KONG as one of the all-time monster movie greats. 5 stars
1/24/06 emil a long,boring film.a monkey-rampage in new york and a nonexistent love story. 2 stars
1/21/06 Melissa Best Animal Movie Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
1/19/06 Mike Pulido Cut out the first hour of this film and the bronto stampede and this would be a great movie 4 stars
1/16/06 john bale Overblown but spectacular homage to the orginal with a few moments of great cinema. 4 stars
1/14/06 chris f fabulous movie 5 stars
1/12/06 Perry Mason Silly, long, bloated, amazing. I loved it. 5 stars
1/10/06 Mark Radburn What is wrong with you idiots, This film sucks. Stick to the Original King Kong 1 stars
1/09/06 George Bloated. There just isn't enough story to fill three hours. Save something for the DVD cut. 3 stars
1/09/06 kmdewitt take 1.5 HOURS to get to the King Kong Island!!! Comp Graphics good, but too darn LONG!!! 4 stars
1/07/06 Dirty South way too long and boring. YAWN 1 stars
1/04/06 Quigley I am so glad you people aren't real critics. this movie is like LOTR: endlessly spetacular 5 stars
1/04/06 Elisa G Since I am so in awe of the original, I could not betray it by giving it the highest mark! 4 stars
1/04/06 XYX This film only goes to show how far the rot has gone in Hollywood. 2 stars
1/04/06 m Pickles Christ sucks 5 stars
1/03/06 Daniel Cardone Unforgivably and needlesly LONG! 3 stars
1/03/06 Pickles Christ not one bloated minute of this crapfest went without some dumbass absurd bullshit. 1 stars
1/03/06 John has more of a "Pete's Dragon" than "Beauty and the Beast" take on the story 2 stars
1/03/06 Mark Radburn Stick to the Original King Kong 1 stars
1/02/06 Mark Way to go,Daisy! 1 stars
1/01/06 sharon asay excellent. made me actually feel that this could happen! 5 stars
1/01/06 Jim Good, but not Lord of the Rings good. 4 stars
1/01/06 Gray could have better but still 5 stars
1/01/06 Smitty Finally we understand the relationship between Ann and Kong - movie is just a bit too long 4 stars
12/31/05 Quigley one of the best films of the year. entertaining to the last minute. jaw-dropping action 5 stars
12/31/05 Tanya EXCELLENT MOVIE great effects 5 stars
12/30/05 tony 3 and a half hours of brilliant action with a cheezy love story 4 stars
12/27/05 Taylor Fladgate A "spectacle" of a movie, a must see...but too long. 4 stars
12/27/05 Daisy What a piece of crap!!! 1 stars
12/26/05 Bubba I like big monkeys 2 stars
12/26/05 Zack Worth seeing/renting 3 stars
12/26/05 Oscar Xauraux Better at half the length. Much digression. 2 stars
12/25/05 Ben Knapton Totally unbelieveable action scenes (a guy punches a raptor) mindless action scenes. crap. 1 stars
12/25/05 John overindulgent - bad script - only a few good moments 2 stars
12/24/05 Tom Total overkill. Rent the original. 3 stars
12/24/05 Todd Great movie! I laughed, cried and almost puked (bugs). Fucking Awesome!!! 5 stars
12/24/05 ravin a cinematic masterpiece of the decade 5 stars
12/23/05 Sheila Very disappointing. Laughed and slept! 2 stars
12/23/05 Green Gremlin Anyone who doesn't like this movie is impossible to please !!!! 5 stars
12/23/05 God Awesome!!! Those who hate it were probably expecting mindless action crap like Godzilla! 5 stars
12/23/05 harry terrible film.Awful CGI and 2 hours of monsters fighting each other.Ughh!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
12/23/05 Quigley what is wrong with you people? this movie was amazing and monumental in about every way. 5 stars
12/23/05 Flounder A kinetic, edge of your seat, old fashioned weepie flick with a touch of self-indulgence 5 stars
12/23/05 Z-man Total Crap! 1 stars
12/23/05 haha "looks like a video gam,e"ummm sure dont u mean the starwars films! 5 stars
12/23/05 Rob Over-long, megacliched..but a great cure for insomnia 1 stars
12/23/05 katsat Side characters overdone, but chemistry and sweetness were heart-breaking. 5 stars
12/22/05 Mike V Looks like a video game. CGI abused. 2 stars
12/22/05 Manuel San Miguel Jackson’s King Kong is amazing, thrilling, tender, and a loving homage to Coopers' original 5 stars
12/22/05 MrsVoorheesBabyBoy Great EFX, Great Story and Jack played a great asshole 5 stars
12/21/05 Danny Boy Less would be more--much more! 2 stars
12/21/05 Agent Sands Jack Black's performance of one of my favorite film characters of 2005 is the best part. 4 stars
12/21/05 Old Dirty Too long, bad casting, not enough NY scenes 2 stars
12/21/05 Ophidiophile The first hour drags, Jack Black and Adrien Brody are miscast terribly 2 stars
12/21/05 Wolf Jack Black is *horribly* miscast here, but Kong + effects were outstanding. 4 stars
12/20/05 Ryan slow start, great flick. pee beforehand. 4 stars
12/20/05 rory looked cartoonish. 1 stars
12/20/05 Billy Lyons too long, over-wrought, corny 2 stars
12/20/05 Titus A couple slightly slow/cheesy bits, but mostly SO AWESOME! 5 stars
12/20/05 Ha Ha Worst of the decade?? You're reaching JockAMundo. 5 stars
12/20/05 JockAMundo Special Effects great, but story, pacing, acting are awfull. Wost move of the decade. 1 stars
12/19/05 Flounder Flawed but great. I'll take this over just about anything else in the market 5 stars
12/19/05 Eden Overall brilliant - 3 hours have never passed so quickly 5 stars
12/19/05 Brian You people are ridiculous-- it's about 300 times better than I expected, great in every way 5 stars
12/19/05 Just Me 3+ hours of 100% crap 1 stars
12/19/05 Andrea Entertaining! Very impressive. 4 stars
12/19/05 deeza too long but brilliant - great chemistry naomi/ape 5 stars
12/19/05 Jack Farnsworth Fuckin awesome 5 stars
12/19/05 Klondo Jimmy & Mister Hayes sucked. Kong vs. 3 T-rexes was awesome. 4 stars
12/19/05 Ryland Johnson Jackson transforms the racist sentiments of 'Heart of Darkness' into 3 hours of nihilism. 2 stars
12/18/05 GoGo What the hell was that "Beauty and The Beast" on ice scene? Thumbs down. 2 stars
12/18/05 tim eyre agree with the above, what al load of balls this film is. 2 stars
12/18/05 Mark So-so.Drags on. If you like LOTR you'll prolly like this. 3 stars
12/18/05 michelle havent seen it 1 stars
12/18/05 Amy i haven't seen it 1 stars
12/18/05 Evil Wolfie Holy sweet crap, that was good!! Last scene kinda dragged on though. 4 stars
12/18/05 jcjs oh yes 5 stars
12/18/05 Quigley the movie is so amazing in every way. it reminds us why we see movies at all. bravo jackson 5 stars
12/18/05 E-Bu I actually checked my watch during the New York rampage(s). Almost every scene is too long. 3 stars
12/18/05 Michaelm I couldn't "care" about a CGI gorilla and didn't empathize w/ Ann/Kong after 2 dozen deaths 3 stars
12/17/05 mason Corny as piss but still likeable, better than the dumb-ass Lord Of The Rings trilogy. 3 stars
12/17/05 Adam Reviewer correct on specific points, but on balance this is a great movie 4 stars
12/17/05 BoyInTheDesignerBubble Simple lesson. Never take a Shiksa with you to the top. The man will always shoot you down! 4 stars
12/17/05 Rick B Reviewer is correct and right on the money. I wanted to like it but it was too damaged. 3 stars
12/17/05 Robert E. This is honestly the worst film I've paid to see in a long time. 2 stars
12/17/05 chris brilliant movie 5 stars
12/17/05 Richard Gere Balls 1 stars
12/17/05 Bob Dog The Emperor Has No Clothes! 1 stars
12/17/05 jeff nelus Weak 2 stars
12/16/05 Dan I largely agree with Cornelius, but Jackson does a great job of making Kong sympathetic. 3 stars
12/16/05 Steve Eckert Haven't had a more significant experience in a theater since "Star Wars" . 5 stars
12/16/05 neoloand the best 5 stars
12/16/05 malcolm like 3 separate stories weaved seamlessly. never felt long. 5 stars
12/16/05 gim I absolutely agree with David Cornelius 2 stars
12/16/05 Kristina Williams I cried my EYES out and got dizzy as hell all at once 5 stars
12/16/05 Darren Shea A suprisingly moving update of a classic, and the most convincing Kong ever! 5 stars
12/16/05 van zwaar poor joe some jelous starwars fan...faggot 5 stars
12/16/05 Ha Ha Ohhhhhh mama! 5 stars
12/15/05 ES Easily one of the ten best of all time 5 stars
12/15/05 ........... Good Movie 5 stars
12/15/05 The Jiz Yo This unequivocably is the most entertaining thing I have seen in a looooong time. 5 stars
12/15/05 gyro An embarrassment of riches for the audience. Maybe too much for some people. 5 stars
12/15/05 Giacomo This is pure escapist entertainment at its finest. 5 stars
12/15/05 Ape Law Mess with the white women and the Man will gun you down! 5 stars
12/15/05 Joe bleh 1 stars
12/14/05 ew good stuff 5 stars
12/14/05 Kipster Fun Fun Fun Fun Fun! Did I mention that this movie is a blast???? See it....now. 5 stars
12/14/05 Craig Holy mother of Kong 5 stars
12/14/05 Tyrantis Even the T.rex lover in my loved it. Awesome does not do it justice. 5 stars
12/14/05 Carlton entertainment at it's best not appealing only to folks innately dissatisfied profoudly wow 5 stars
12/14/05 Anusman Holy Crap Peter Jackson!!! You just keep topping yourself!! I even cried once or twice... 5 stars
12/14/05 Flounder One of the most fun experiences I have ever had at the movies. 5 stars
12/13/05 M.F. some fun, but bloated and overlong 3 stars
12/13/05 farnqwo The pre release hype and Peter Jackson's new haircut = 3 stars
12/13/05 doa766 cinematic bliss 5 stars
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