If Peter Jackson wanted as faithful an adaptation as possible of the original movie, why didn't he just make it 90 minutes long as well?
It's still the same length as the original, thematically. Kong even appears at the same amount of time into both films.
He wanted to capture the epicness that the original movie had in its own time. 90 minute movies just don't cut it anymore.
What exactly is Kong? Is there a whole race of these things or is he a one off genetic mutant?
We see some other giant ape skeletons in Jackson's version, so he's probably the Last of His Kind.
According to A Natural History Of Skull Island, Kong is the last of a species of ape called Megaprimatus kong.
According to publicity materials from 1933, Kong is "a gigantic prehistoric ape"... but NOT a gorilla.
Why did the villagers build a huge gate into their wall, big enough to let Kong through? The purpose of the wall is to keep Kong out. A small door would be sufficient, and a lot more practical, for the people to get in and out.
Well, the tribe is the remant of a civilization that built the wall (see below) so maybe they needed a big door because they had huge armies they needed to send out. Or else, that part of the wall was damaged, and the best the villagers could do to fix it was to use wood.
Is it possible that the Kong-sized door was built to let Kong in long enough to expel the dinosaurs living on the part of the island the natives/civilization lived and once that was done, Kong could easily go back through the gateway?
On the other hand, if Kong can climb the Empire State Building/World Trade Center, the Great Wall should be no problem for him. He could probably just run and hop over the damned thing.
Agreed. He could easily climb or leap over the wall. So I think the army theory is the most likely. You need an army to hunt those gigantic dinosaurs after all...
The wall kept the dinosaurs out. Kong stayed on the far side of the wall because there wasn't much of anything for a giant herbivore to eat along the coastline.
One possible theory, which is sort of justified via the DVD extras, is that Megaprimatus Kong are not native to Skull Island and may have originated in Asia. So you could guess that the ancient civilisation that colonised and built their cities on the island brought the giant apes with them as guards against the far more dangerous predators. At some point, the ancient civilisation fell or abandoned the island, but the giant apes were left behind. By the time Carl Denham arrives, the 'natives' are either remnants of the civilisation or the ancestors of people shipwrecked on the island, whereas Kong is the last of his species. This would explain why the wall is large enough to let Kong through - because it was his races job to defend the civilisation. The natives could still worship Kong since he naturally defends the wall from the other predators.
If there are sacrifices to Kong on a regular basis (lets say once a year, to be generous), why does he have a fresh batch of giantic trees to knock over each time? Green natives replant them after each sacrifice?
Obviously he dosn't enter from the same area, or always knock down trees.
The Keep Kong Out wall is a mighty big structure, a pretty impressive achievement even with modern building materials. How is it that they keep Kong out of the village during the time it takes to build that wall? And if whatever it was is so effective in keeping Kong away, why dont they just do that instead of building the wall?
AllThereInTheManual the special features on the DVD of the 2005 movie explain that the villagers are the remnants of a once (somewhat) large and (somewhat) advanced culture, who built the wall around their civillisation to keep the monsters out. However, due to the instability of the island, the coast collapsed gradually into the sea, breaching the wall and forcing the monsters in. This in turn destroyed the civilisation and forced the humans to live in the burial grounds outside the wall; the "village" we see in the film.
They actually talk about this in the 1933 original, that the wall had been built by a more advanced civillisation which decayed into the primitive natives seen in the film. They kept the wall in good repair, though.
What gives this troper the real Fridge Horror is the implication (possibly existing only in her own imagination) that they are...the way they are...because they don't have enough resources anymore; that they are the degenerated remnants of a people reduced to unspeakable practices to survive. Yep, a whole culture devolved into the Sawney Bean family: that idea has haunted me more than anything else in the movie (even the head-sucking worm) ever since.
The companion natural history book depicts the natives as living off shellfish, seagull eggs, seaweed and fish. The good news is, they don't eat one another; the bad news is that, while the largest Skull Island predators can't cross the wall to get at them, there are quite a few smaller predatory species (like that lizard-thing the V. rex was eating) along the coast that do.
What does Kong do with the sacrifices offered to him? Does he eat them? In the 2005 movie he's shown eating plants like a real gorilla. Of course, he can still complete his diet with the occasional meat of small vertebrates (humans are tiny compared to him after all) - while gorillas don't do that, other apes like chimpanzees and bonobos do.
My guess is that he tosses them about like ragdolls and tosses them out when he loses interest.
So that means the previous sacrifices may have survived and returned to the village of natives? Of course, he would probably hug them and squeeze them and call them George, but there's still a chance.
In the 2005 version, when passing Kong's abode, the chef says 'they've been torn limb from limb' about the skeletons. This probably indicates that Kong plays rough with his 'toys' and eventually ends up breaking them, almost literally. It's possible this would've happened to Anne if she hadn't scolded him and told Kong to stop pushing her around.
Kong's abode is on the top of the mountain, he only comes down to the jungle to feed. Perhaps the previous sacrifices were killed and eaten by the island predators.
Even a woman who snuck away from Kong's den wouldn't have much chance to make it back to the village alive, assuming they'd actually let her return. Some of the bodies "torn limb from limb" may have tried to climb down the cliffside, slipped, and died; others might have even committed suicide, if they knew they could never go home and would only die a painful death from Kong's clumsy manhandling and/or predators sneaking into the cave. When Kong found their lifeless bodies, he poked and tugged at them the same way he did, the dead V. rex, only human corpses aren't as sturdy as dead carnosaurs.
Doesn't the official PS2 game of the 2005 version have a page?
The 2005 version explicitly shows Kong nibbling on a bamboo. However, in the 1933 and 1976 versions, his belly is not as large, so in those versions he might be an omnivore like a chimpanzee (which would make the human sacrifices to him much more justified).