King Kong (2005)

Theatrical Release: December 14, 2005
DVD Release: March 28, 2006
King Kong (2005)


In director Peter Jackson’s King Kong a movie crew, led by the megalomaniacal Carl Denham (Jack Black), discovers an unchartered island, forgotten by time. Ignoring the warnings and determined to make an epic film Denham goes ashore, bringing with him established playwright Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) and a struggling actress named Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts). Once on the island the natives turn Ann into a sacrifice to Kong, a humongous great ape, forcing the rest of the crew to try to rescue her from the brutal, primeval world that is Kong’s dominion. But for Kong the arrival of Ann, and the modern world off of the island, prove to be equally as dangerous

Dove Review

It is a shame that the language of this film has over twenty profanities in the dialog. Otherwise this movie could have been a film more family-friendly. However, that is not the case. This update of the Kong movie was directed by Peter Jackson, the director of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. As he did with those movies, Jackson puts some visually stunning images on the screen. Viewers will have dropped jaws as they view the attacks of giant animals including dinosaurs, which fight against the main characters, and against each other. And there is the geography of Skull Island to consider which is, we find, aptly named, and provides some stunning images. The shipwreck they nearly experience when they arrive is portrayed in an eerie mist of fog which lends itself well to the film. And then there is King Kong himself, a stunning creation and largest silverback gorilla you ever saw. Naomi Watts is absolutely perfect as the woman who warms up to Kong after initially screaming her head off and then standing up to him. When he protects her from Skull Island’s vicious behemoths her perspective changes.

This stunningly life-like Kong is so well done by the computer techs and enhanced by the acting of Andy Serkis, who provided movement for Kong, that he blends in easily as a real character. Jackson has given him a humorous personality and a bond with Ann Darrow that was never realized in past incarnations of King Kong. There were moments in the film when I was genuinely moved. However, the Dove Seal of approval cannot be given due to the language. What a shame.

Content Description

Sex: Man and woman kiss.
Language: H-3, D-1, BS-1, OG-1, G-3, G-sake-2, GD-6, J-3, Chr***-5, JC-1, C-sake-1
Violence: A man is speared, animals fight and kill humans and each other, giant insects and bugs attack people, slug swallows man alive, skeletal remains seen in several scenes.
Drugs: Alcohol use in a few scenes
Nudity: Provocatively dressed women's photos on display at burlesque house
Occult: Ancient tribe dances and seem to be in voodoo-like trance


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens
Director: Peter Jackson
Producer: Jan Blenkin, Carolynne Cunningham, and Peter Jackson
Genre: Action
Runtime: 187 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter