Film / King Kong (2005)

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Peter Jackson's 2005 take on King Kong returns to the original story as propounded in 1933: Depression-era filmmaker Carl Denham (Jack Black), dodging debt collectors, hires an out-of-work Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) and quickly leaves on an expedition to find a certain uncharted island...

Jackson's film diverges from the original by providing more of Denham's and Ann's respective back stories. Further, "Jack Driscoll" (Adrien Brody) is changed from the ship's first mate to a playwright, and a narcissistic Hollywood actor is added for comic relief. The natives are much more brutal than past portrayals. And, as with the 1976 film, a good deal of attention is paid to the unusual "romance" between the girl and the primate, which is strong enough that Ann would rather stay on the island with him than see him captured; and later she refuses to participate in his exhibition in the United States. She does, though, show up in time to halt his rampage through the city, and from there... well, you know how this one ends.

Interestingly, this version makes a show of Denham filming scenes and dialog lifted from the original 1933 movie.

Two licensed games based on the film were released in the same year; Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie and Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World. The former is considered by many to be a rare modern example of a good movie tie-in game, with props going to the atmosphere, environments and Kong gameplay. There's also The World Of Kong A Natural History Of Skull Island, which delves into Skull Island's wildlife and features many creatures that don't appear in the film.


Tropes:

  • Abduction Is Love: Despite the fact they met with Kong taking her as his latest sacrifice, they still end up bonding to the point Ann wants to do whatever she can to protect Kong.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Ann Darrow, in subtle ways, is far more outgoing and direct than her more Neutral Female counterpart from the original 1933 movie.
    • Kong himself, sort of; whereas the 1933 version was just a straight-up possessive, vicious monster, this Killer Gorilla is given a lot more emphasis on his emotional state, emphasizing his loneliness and how he comes to view Ann as a friend or even a surrogate family member. Even during his rampage in New York, whereas the original Kong threw the "fake Ann" to her death, this one is shown tossing the women he mistakes for Ann in the street aside fairly gently.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Slightly more to the degree of Took a Level in Jerkass, but, Carl Denham is a lot less of the noble and adventurous director/script-writer that appeared in the first movie. He's a failing Prima Donna Director who literally has to skip town in the opening part of the movie in order to avoid having all he owns seized by his sponsors. There's also a fundamental shallowness to him; when he mourns the death of the first member of his film team (speared and bludgeoned to death by the natives) and then uses the exact same speech to mourn the second death (eaten by venatosaurs), well, it makes you wonder how much he genuinely gives a damn about either death.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Considerable: Peter Jackson's version was 87 minutes longer than the original, or a full 101 minutes longer in its extended cut — twice as long.
  • All There in the Manual: The "Natural History of Skull Island" documentary and book, explaining how various species of prehistoric animal evolved to better suit the Island's hostile climate and terrain, as well as history of the once grand human civilization on the island.
  • Always a Bigger Fish:
    • The heroine hides from a huge carnivorous lizard in a hollow log, and it tears at the wood to try to get her. Suddenly it stops, and she seems safe... until half the same lizard is seen dangling from the jaws of a ginormous V. Rex, which just bit it in two.
    • At one point in the extended cut, the film crew is attacked by a swarm of giant aquatic centipedes while rafting down a river, but the centipedes all quickly retreat when they sense the approach of a Piranhadon.
    • Kong himself is a near constant example of this trope in the first half of the movie, as he repeatedly kills a number of animals that are trying to eat Anne Darrow.
  • Animal Stampede: A herd of Brontosaurus get startled by a pack of raptor-like Venatosaurus as Carl's crew is filming them. The panicking brontosaurs clumsily run into canyon walls, fall off of cliffs, trip and tumble over each other, and in general harm themselves far more than the predators they're running from ever manage to. Some members of the film crew still get trampled by them.
  • Artistic License Biology: Skull Island has far too many predatory species than could possibly be sustained by the number of herbivore species, and the invertebrates shown obviously violate the Square/Cube Law by being so large.
  • Artistic License Paleontology: Although excusable in earlier works as science marching on, the dinosaurs and most other prehistoric lifeforms all emulate Rule of Cool, primarily as an artifact of the original movie.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: The Vastatosaurus Rex. Literally translated, it means "Ravager Lizard King".
  • Bait-and-Switch: When preparing for King Kong to be exhibited in New York, we see Ann getting ready for a stage performance - implying she's part of the act. But then it turns out that another actress is playing Kong's victim, and we find that Ann turned down the job and is now working as a dancer.
  • Bat Out of Hell: Terapusmordax is not a true bat, but in fact a giant flying rodent that developed a similar appearance. That said, it still looks the part.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Played with. Anne is extremely filthy, has torn clothes, and a scratch/scrape here and there, but considering the abuse she takes in the jungle, it's still pretty light.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Bruce Baxter leads a moment that is amusingly right out of the movies he doesn't appear to live up to in real life.
    • Also when Captain Engelhorn saves Denham and the rest of the film crew from the natives.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Almost everywhere, to keep the film at PG-13; natives and animals are shot at point blank range, people are speared, people are Impaled with Extreme Prejudice on razor sharp teeth... all without a drop of blood spilled.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Snooty actor Bruce Baxter, faced with the perils of Skull Island, gives up on rescuing Ann, only to return later Just in Time for the aforementioned Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: Ann's vaudeville routine comes in very useful when trying to distract Kong from eating her.
  • Climbing Climax: It's King Freaking Kong. What would you expect?
  • Combat Pragmatist: Kong to some degree, if his fight with the three Vastasaurus Rexes are any indication. He's strong enough to throw and toss them around, crushes the skull of one with a large slab of rock, and bites down on another pretty hard.
  • Covered in Scars: Kong has scars all over his body to show that he's been through some fights.
  • Creepy Centipedes: Jackson's remake is infamous for various horrific giant centipedes (and other incredibly large arthropods). In the natural history book of Skull island, there are shown to be quite a few species, with one group (the "neopedes") even being aquatic.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Let's see; being crushed to death by panicking sauropods, being Eaten Alive by raptors, being thrown by Kong against a wall, being thrown off a log into a deep chasm below, being slowly devoured by giant worms, being ripped apart by giant predatory arthropods, being crushed by Kong, having your head bitten off by Kong...
  • Darker and Edgier: The darkest King Kong movie to date, with nightmarish creatures, savage natives, and higher levels of violence than the previous films. Also admits that it's set during the Great Depression more overtly than the original, which was an escapist fantasy with minimal reference to hard times.
  • Death by Adaptation: A very unusual example. Charley, the Chinese cook from the 1933 film, gets broken up into two characters; a white cook named Lumpy and his Chinese assistant Choy. Both of them die; Choy dies when he falls from the log into the pit below, and Lumpy is then eaten by monstrous invertebrates called Carnictus Worms. In the original film, Charley survived the entire affair and went on to feature in the sequel.
  • Determinator:
    • Carl Denham is this, but it's subtly deconstructed; his determination to do things his way always leads to him pursuing things beyond the breaking point. It's implied that this resulted in his reputation for tending to ultimately flop his films in the past, and this is what leads to his foolish decisions that ultimately allow Kong to escape from the theatre.
    • Jack Driscoll is a more traditional example. Nothing will stop him from trying to save Ann. After the bug pit has slaughtered almost everyone and the few survivors are rescued, Jack still decided to go after Ann all by himself (unarmed at that) and he succeeds against all odds.
  • Devoured by the Horde: Lumpy is eaten by several giant grubs/worms in the spidercrab pit.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Impossibly ancient, insane architecture? Check. South Pacific location? Check. Tales of people going insane upon seeing it? Check. This movie's version of Skull Island is, for all intents and purposes, R'lyeh.
    • The Carnictus Worms in the swamp at the bottom of the Valley certainly have the shape of a certain thing-a-ma-jig, though they have the personality of the receiving end of that thing-a-ma-jig.
  • *Drool* Hello: During the sauropods' stampede, Bruce Baxter takes cover against the wall of a ruin... only to be drooled upon by one of the smaller carnosaurs above, about to attack him, forcing the actor to flee again.
  • Dumb Dinos: The stampeding brontosaurs are Too Dumb to Live; they crash into cliffs and fall over each other, and generally do more harm to themselves than the attacking predators could ever do to them. The carnivorous dinosaurs are not much better: they mindlessly attack Ann Darrow while their previous prey, a large lizard, is still in their mouth, even when she is protected by Kong himself, or when they hang on vines over a ravine for their own lives.
  • Easily Forgiven: One has to remember, although Kong ends up saving Ann from other horrors in the jungle, the fact of the matter is that he kidnapped her in the first place. Making things worse, as explicitly pointed out early into the jungle sequence, Kong was originally going to just kill Ann at the same point where he killed all of the other sacrifices; if it hadn't been for her quick thinking and the pursuit of the ship's crew, which eventually gave her an opening to "bond" with him, she'd have been dead in the jungle because of Kong, not despite him.
  • Eldritch Location: Skull Island could very easily be one of these. It is implied that it may not exist the way usual locations do, as if it can hide. A creepy skull shape spontaneously appears on a map when they are near the island. The map of said island is immediately lost due to a mysterious gust of wind just when it would've the most useful. And their attempts to turn their ship around seem doomed to fail, as though the island itself has a will to snare them. It's full of creatures that are larger than should exist in nature, they're all aggressive and dangerous beyond anything nature could cook up, the somewhat magic-seeming natives emerge like ghosts from the ruins, and the geography is frightening.
    • Even the standard biology failures actually work to reinforce this depiction; you know that they should not work the way they do, yet clearly, they do. It just makes the place even more awful and frightening.
  • Epic Movie: Clocks in at 188 minutes in the theatrical cut and 201 in the extended cut.
  • Expy: Jack Black himself has noted similarities between Carl Denham and Orson Welles. (Welles actually worked on a documentary about South America called It's All True, which was cancelled when he was fired by RKO.)
  • Fanservice: Ann spends most of the movie in just her nightgown.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Ann Darrow's one unlucky break away from going the burlesque chorus-girl route (a stripper, in other words).
  • A Father to His Men: A subtle example. Captain Englehorn is by no means a touchy-feely kind of guy, and the second time we see him, he's being a dick to Choy. However, he was pissed at Choy over a major safety issue (unsecured bulk chloroform). His crew, including Choy, address him as "Skipper," which is an affectionate term sailors won't use if they dislike their captain. During Kong's final rampage on the island, he's clearly fighting back a Heroic B.S.O.D. as he sees the ape slaughtering so many of his crew, and tries to kill Kong rather than simply row away.
  • Flanderization: The film goes out of its way to remove every positive character trait Carl Denham had in 1933, and replace them with something negative.
  • Giant Flyer: The Terapusmordax, a giant predatory rodent resembling a bat, displaces the Pteranodon from the original film as the token "giant winged predator" on Skull Island.
  • Gory Discretion Shot:
    • It's very difficult to see during the fight with the final Vastatosaurus Rex, but Kong actually bites the Rex's tongue off, then spits it out and resumes fighting. The film covers it up by cutting from a close-up view to a mid-range shot from an obscured angle so fast it's nigh on impossible to spot. Look closely in this clip, though, about 48 seconds in.
    • From the same clip: The scene also switches briefly to Ann's shocked face as Kong crushes the vastatosaur's head like a peanut.
  • Gulliver Tie-Down: During Kong's capture.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Ann is blonde-haired and is probably the kindest and most moral character in the movie. This is invoked by Carl Denham choosing to cast her as The Ingenue in his film.
  • Helicopter Flyswatter: Naturally, the biplane scene.
  • Hollywood Evolution:
    • Evolutionary biology and ecosystems don't work that way. Creatures trapped on an island tend to select for smaller size, not larger — and yet if you read the natural history of Skull Island or watch the relevant documentary on the DVD, that's exactly the opposite of how the film makers designed the animals. Also, with that many apex predators in such a tiny area (the vastatosaurs, the raptors, plus the various giant arthropods), the island would've been devoid of life in no time as the ecosystem fell apart. It is implied in the film (and explicitly said in the "Natural History" tie-in book) that the island used to be much larger and was sinking into the sea/breaking apart. Still, for animals that large, the break-up would have to have been of a very large land mass and would have had to only been happening for a very short period of time, geologically speaking, which makes it something of a Voodoo Shark.
    • Island gigantism is a real concept, but it happens on very large islands as opposed to tiny ones, and its effects are greatly exaggerated in the film, probably because huge dinosaurs and bugs and a gigantic ape are interesting to watch.
    • To be fair, the supplementary materials reveal that Skull Island was once much larger before it began to sink.
    • Also, the mockumentary tie-in says that King Kong is a relative of Gigantopithecus, a real ape (and a very large one, although nowhere near Kong-sized) believed to have died out about 100,000 years ago. But Gigantopithecus was a relative of modern orangutans, not gorillas. There is no way an unrelated ape could evolve to be 100% identical to an oversized gorilla.
  • Hope Spot: In the iconic climax, Kong is badly injured from the biplanes atop the Empire State Building. Ann desperately tries to signal the pilots to stop the attack. In a moment that seems like it's going to be a Not His Sled and that Kong would be spared the fate the befalls his original incarnation, the pilots see Ann and break off the attack. Then one of the pilots shoot Kong from the back later anyways, where Ann is covered from the salvos from the plane by Kong's body.
    • Earlier, there's a short respite in the "bug pit" scene where it seems like Jack, Jimmy, and Carl have managed to polish off the whole swarm of giant wetas and man-sized Big Creepy-Crawlies, while getting well clear of the mud puddle full of killer bloodworms. Then more ominous chiton-clicking starts up all around them, the camera draws back, and we see that hordes of much bigger predatory arthropods are closing in from the surrounding walls and crevices....
  • Idiot Ball: if the creatures of the island just left him and Ann alone, Kong would do the same to them. The only reason that Kong murders them is because they picked the fight. They pushed all the buttons...
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: When Jack is swarmed by giant bugs, Jimmy fires a Thompson submachine gun full-auto at him from only a few feet away and manages to hit nothing but bugs.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Jack has absolutely no kind words for Bruce Baxter once the latter leaves the rescue party, citing how utterly pointless the whole thing is. However, being as said party had already been caught in a deadly stampede and an assault by venatasaur "raptors", resulting in at least four men dying to try and save one woman, who for all they know is dead already (and it would be hard for them to assume the giant ape that kidnapped her might develop any sort of feelings for her) his point of view can come across as understandable.
    • Englehorn is a not particularly pleasant human being with an unusual number of automatic weapons hidden around his ship. However, he's absolutely right to use excessive force on all things Skull Island while also attempting to get off said island as quickly as possible.
  • Lamprey Mouth: The Carnictus worms from the insect-pit scene.
  • Last of His Kind: It is implied that Kong is the last giant ape on Skull Island: the most telling evidence is a shot of him entering his cave and walking past multiple skeletons of giant gorillas. This loneliness, along with the hostility of Skull Island's environment, accounts for both his ferocity and his need for company, which Ann Darrow supplies. Furthermore, as stated in the background materials, Skull Island's entire ecosystem is dying because the island is submerging due to geological activity. Only a few years at the events of the movie, a final earthquake buries Skull Island under the sea
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: Ann gets kidnapped as she was getting ready for bed. Consequently, her shoes get left behind, and she spends the entire time in the jungle barefoot. By all accounts, her feet should've been ripped to shreds by the rough terrain, especially in the jungle itself, long before Kong started carrying her from place to place, but she doesn't get so much as a thorn or a blister.
  • Midair Collision: One of the biplanes smashes into another biplane. Possibly justified as Kong did kind of throw the plane at the other one.
  • Mighty Whitey: The same variant as in the original film; the black women sacrificed to Kong were all killed, whilst the white woman Ann Farrow is spared and befriends the beast. A subtle implied justification is that Ann tries to entertain/amuse Kong with her vaudeville routines, whereas the natives probably either just screamed or went passively to their deaths.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Not whole worlds, but Carl Denham's tendency to unintentionally destroy the things he loves is Lampshaded.
  • "Mister Sandman" Sequence: The opening leaves absolutely no doubt that it's Depression-era NYC.
  • Monster-Shaped Mountain: Numerous rock outcroppings surrounding Skull Island are carved to resemble snarling ape-faces. Likewise, Kong's lair has a shape like a deformed, screaming skull when seen from outside.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The scene where Skull Island is being typed.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • A reference to an actress, "Fay", who is working on a film directed by Cooper over at "R.K.O". I.E. the original King Kong.
    • Large chunks of the original dialogue are lifted verbatim from the 1933 film, sometimes as near-parody (the original's banter between Jack and Ann is used as Denham films his two actors)
    • Kong's stage show in New York includes an elaborate (and inaccurate) depiction of the native sacrifice ritual, which is remarkably similar to the depiction of the actual ritual seen in the 1933 film. And the music for the entire sequence is a new performance of the original's score.
    • Rewriting Jack into the role of the writer gets spun into a gag as Ann initially mistakes another character for him. Bonus points for having the scene turn immediately into a Right Behind Me moment.
    • The fight between Kong and the last Vastatosaurus Rex is practically move-for-move the same as the last half of the fight between Kong and the Tyrannosaurus Rex in the original, right down to Kong playing with the dinosaur's head after killing it and then roaring and beating his chest triumphantly.
    • The giant crickets that crawl all over Jack in the giant-bugs scene are oversized versions of New Zealand wetas, a self-reference by Weta Workshop which designed and crafted the movie's creatures.
    • Lumpy the cook was originally a character from an early draft of the 1933 film, who was replaced by Charlie in the finished production. Lumpy did appear in the original film's novelization, which may be why Jackson opted to include him alongside his friend Choy.
  • Non-Malicious Monster:
    • Kong himself, naturally, but curiously, the Terapusmordax (giant, batlike rodents) are also shown to be this—they're first seen roosting in their cave and one of them ominously glares at Jack, but since he's not provoking them, none of them attack him. They only start attacking when Kong wakes up and roars furiously upon seeing Jack trying to take Ann, and in that case they most likely saw Kong as some sort of threat.
    • Averted with everything else on Skull Island. They all just appear to want the crew dead, by any means necessary.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When Ann tries to hide from a giant predator in a tree log, the giant centipedes inside scare her enough that she runs away... only to realize that she's now in the line of sight of a Tyrannosaurus rex descendant.
    • At the theater, Kong notices Jack Driscoll, and stops his rampage and stares at him long enough for both of them to realize that Kong remembers Jack...and the last thing he saw Jack do was take his beloved Ann away from him. Cue epic Oh, Crap and subsequent Unstoppable Rage.
  • Only Sane Man: The Captain and, surprisingly, Bruce Baxter. Both of them point out how stupid it is to sacrifice dozens of men for one woman, opting instead to stay behind and repair the Venture, which is pretty much the only safe place on the entire island.
  • Papa Wolf: If you're a Vastatosaurus, don't even think about sneaking a nibble from Kong's new surrogate child, Ann.
  • Playing Against Type: In-universe. Carl tells Ann "you're the saddest girl I've ever seen" and chooses her to be his lead because she evokes The Woobie so well. Ann responds to this by telling him that she's a comedian who makes people laugh for a living.
  • The Precarious Ledge: As if being caught in a stampede of panicked brontosaurs weren't dangerous enough, the rescue party and the panicked herd wind up on a cliff-side ledge that begins crumbling under the massive herbivores' weight.
  • Raptor Attack : A pack of "raptors" appear in the brontosaurus stampede, but more resembles a miniature Allosaurus than known raptors like Deinonychus and Velociraptor. They're Venatosaurus, a fictional genus (even so they do have a lot of anatomical errors).
  • Real Vehicle Reveal: Ann gets out of her taxi and stares at an ocean liner, only for Denhan to direct her attention to the Venture, a smaller and much less impressive boat on the other side of the dock.
  • The Remnant: The Natives are actually the last survivors of a formerly grand civilization that once occupied the center of the island. As the island began sinking into the sea, the wall surrounding their city ended up being breached and they were forced to evacuate to the other side of it, making refuge in the barren landscape containing the catacombs outside their city. Ironically, the wall once meant to keep predators out now became the only thing that was keeping them in.
  • Reveal Shot: The film opens with a closeup of monkeys frolicking amid thick foliage. A glimpse of Skull Island? Nope, the Central Park Zoo.
  • Scenery Porn: Skull Island's landscape and vegetation look gorgeous.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Pulled by Bruce Baxter, Captain Englehorn, and several Venture crewmembers. None of them intended to encounter Skull Island in the first place and everyone with common sense quickly realizes that it's a literal deathtrap, as many of Englehorn's crew learn within hours of leaving the ship. The Captain himself is clearly peeved about having to pull one Big Damn Heroes moment after another to save Denham and his entourage. It's little wonder that neither Englehorn nor his crew were in the final act.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: In the insect pit, when Lumpy silently mourns over Choy, who died as a result of his not acting quick enough, giant worms start appearing. Lumpy gets enraged when they start probing at the corpse and fights them off as best he can to prevent them from eating Choy, but quickly attracts their attention instead and gets overwhelmed.
  • Serkis Folk: Andy Serkis himself provides both vocalizations and Motion Capture for Kong. He also plays the ship's cook.
  • Shirtless Scene: Jack on the ship as he's coming back from the bathroom, used to establish romantic tension between himself and Ann.
  • Shout-Out: On the ship there is a box that reads Sumatran Rat Monkey — Beware the bite!, referencing one of Jackson's earliest films Braindead. The shout out goes both ways, in fact: In Braindead, the rat monkey was explicitly stated as being from Skull Island.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • The unlockable bonus ending of the video game, in which Kong survives , due to Jack and Captain Englehardt swooping in to save him in a bi-plane.
    • In the game, Hayes survives to the end and acts as one of your teammates alongside Ann and Carl, unlike the film where he dies trying to fight Kong during the first close encounter with him.
  • Stock Scream: One sailor does a Wilhelm scream during the brontosaur stampede as he is knocked off the cliff.
  • Super-Persistent Predator:
    • The vastatosaurs. One of them spots Ann and decides to give chase — despite having just eaten a large reptilian Komodo-dragon thing. And then two more join in. Every time they're given a chance to go for Kong instead of Ann, they go for Ann anyway. And then the last one keeps going after Kong kills the other two...
      • In the tie-in book it's stated that vastatosaurs would attempt to kill infants of Kong's species at every opportunity, implying that they tried so hard to get at Ann in the movie because they thought she was an infant Kong, which may partially justify this trope.
    • The raptors in the apatosaur stampede scene keep trying to get a bite of human instead of, you know, getting away from the stampede, or feasting on the tons of dead bronto-meat now before them.
    • There's one aversion: in the same scene a raptor chases Jack. When Jack gets in between a Brontosaurus' legs, the Raptor goes for closer, less protected prey: Carl.
  • Swarm of Rats: A swarm of giant, flying rats attack Ann and Jack at one point.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: When we first see Ann during the intro, she's performing on stage in male drag.
  • Tom Hanks Syndrome: Invoked in-universe. Ann is a vaudeville clown who gets cast as The Ingenue lead in Carl's adventure film.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Sweet Jesus, Carl, do you have any brains at all? The entire climax of the display of Kong was clearly an awful idea to anyone with any sense — letting Kong think that the woman he's clearly very protective of is panicking and in danger right in front of him is just asking for trouble. Likewise, when the flashbulbs are going off and clearly upsetting Kong, Denham just ignores it, despite the fact that is also a blatantly obvious bad idea.
    • While it's understandable that Lumpy the cook was distraught over his friend Choy's death, wading back into the midst of the Carnictis worms to rescue his buddy's corpse wasn't too bright, especially after he'd already eluded them once and seen those nasty extensible mouths of theirs.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We have no idea what happened to Englehorn or his crewmates after Kong's capture. Jimmy in particular is a bad case; we have no idea if he survived or not, our last shot of him is just Jack cradling Jimmy in the water after they were both knocked in. The most likely explanation is that Englehorn and his crew took their share of the profits and then beat it out of New York City as quickly as possible, none of them wanting to be around when Kong inevitably broke free.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In the deleted swamp scene Cook bitterly asks Carl "did you get that did ya?" after a crewman was killed when he was grabbed and pulled underwater by a giant predator all while Carl was filming the crew getting to safety on land.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: At Kong's premiere in New York Carl mentions seventeen of their crew dying a terrible death, which is a gross underestimation. If we take into account the extended cut, at least 25 sailors lost their lives on Skull Island and that's only assuming that those we do not see ripped apart make it out alive (if probably severely injured or even crippled for life), without which the death toll would increase to as many as fifty, making you wonder how many people manned the boat in the first place. Although it is conceivable that Carl, a sneaky bastard that he is, paid off some of the surviving members of the crew so they did not disclose the details of how many people actually died (and how they died), either because of fear of public backlash or the insurance costs he would have to cover.

Alternative Title(s): Peter Jacksons King Kong

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