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Tear Jerker / King Kong (2005)

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  • The coffee-table book A Natural History Of Skull Island, in its description of Kong's species, includes a heartbreaking illustration of an orphaned baby Kong, small enough to have barely been weaned, uncomprehendingly clutching the fur of his dead mother.
  • Jimmy's reaction to Hayes' death. As is, Lumpy's reaction to Choy's.
  • How is it that in this whole movie the person you sympathize most with is Jack Black's ruthless film director? Virtually everything he did from the moment someone tells us that his character "destroys everything he loves" was given such a heartbreaking gravitas as we realize that he really does care about things (including Kong himself) and yet he never changes his course of action to save the things he loves.
  • The scene of Ann and Kong in Central Park, because it showed that they were far more than their archetypes of damsel in distress and monster. The tearjerker factor here derives from the fact that we know how the film will end (like the remake would change it), and know that there is no hope for a happy ending for them.
  • Seventeen people died to rescue Ann, yet she only cares about Kong. All the Too Cool to Live characters like Lumpy and Hayes died and she doesn't even care.
    • To be fair, it's possible that Jack hadn't yet told her about the people that died trying to save her. And it's not like her not caring if Kong is hurt or captured would bring them back: she may feel that seventeen deaths are already too many, so making it eighteen won't help.
    • Besides, who said she didn't care about them? She had gotten to know practically every member of the crew during the trip to Skull Island. Even if nobody outright told her who died and how many, she would have noticed the disappearance of a few familiar faces on the trip back, and it likely would have affected her deeply. It should be no small wonder that she had pretty much completely become a Broken Bird by the time the New York segment takes place, even before having to witness Kong's rampage and subsequent death.
    • Just because she's yelling at Kong to "Go back!" and protest the attempt to capture him doesn't mean she only cares about Kong's welfare. She's seen how ferociously Kong can fight, so her wanting the ape to leave in peace and the humans to let him do so is just as much for the crew's safety as Kong's.
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    • The deaths themselves are heartbreaking from Mike and Herb's to especially the deaths of Hayes, Choi and Lumpy. One death in the deleted Piranhadon scene however is just cruel. After losing three men (two of whom were impaled and one was swallowed whole) the rest of the survivors get to safety including one last man who manages to reach the rest of them, only for the Piranhadon to suddenly burst out of the water and grab the poor man before presumably eating or devouring him underwater. The fact that he was screaming while he was so close to safety only for it to snatched in seconds makes it even worse. And the survivors could only watch helplessly.
  • Ann at the top of the Empire State Building, vainly waving away the planes and pleading for them not to kill the creature that had gone from her captor to her savior, then escaped his own captivity in a desperate attempt to get back to her.
  • The distraught look Kong gives as he watches Jack and Ann escape by falling into the river below from the cliff Kong is standing on. Granted, Ann would have to leave the island sometime, but it is the look Kong makes and how desperate he is to have her stay that reminds you of how lonely he would be without Ann again.
    • Then the scene after that when he tries to get her back by frantically chasing her and Jack down. Once he does find her, the rest of Jack's crew hold Kong down with ropes and sleeping gas. The scene then ends with Kong tiredly reaching his hand out to Ann before collapsing to sleep.
      • The fact that the men in the boat are actively restraining Ann as she protests their capture of Kong only makes it worse: to the ape, it surely looks like they're trying to hurt her, yet the strength that's never before failed him is draining away from the chloroform and he's powerless to help his only friend.
  • The impressively-understated way Kong drops his gaze for a couple of seconds to glance at Ann, when she backs away from the V.rex to stand beneath his protective bulk, speaks heartbreaking volumes to anyone who's watched real gorilla body language. They're very subtle in their gestures of affinity, and the filmmakers captured the demeanor of an adult male accepting a youngster's dependent trust just right.
    • Note that it's only then that Kong actually performs the classic chest-pounding display of a silverback male protecting his own. For the first time in his life, he feels like he has a family group to protect.
  • After managing to take down half of the planes sent to kill him, Kong doubles over, tired and weak as he spots Ann on the guardrail just below him. A look of sad resignation on his face... Before he turns and spots the last of the planes making another run and his expression changes to that of quiet determination, Kong summons the last of his considerable will and defiantly beats his chest one last time in the face of his killers.
  • Kong's death in this version just might be the most heartbreaking of them all; bullet-riddled and barely hanging on to the side of the Empire State Building, he gives a mournful glance at a weeping Ann, then finally, his pupils dilate, and he falls.
    • At the end of it all, as soldiers and civilians swarm around Kong's body on the street, we're treated to a sad moment of disrespect by two reporters as they climb on top of his body to get a picture before they're pulled away by some soldiers. Around this time, another man comments on Kong's actions and all but realizes that he was no mere ape, in an era when there was so much misinformation about man and animal alike.
      "Why'd he do that? Climb up there and get himself cornered? The ape must have known what was coming."
      "He's just a dumb animal. He doesn't know nothin'."
  • One for the video game. Anne doesn't race up the Empire State Building to save Kong. Instead, she meets him in the street and, when he holds out his hand for her, she willingly steps in to his palm, showing her trust in him and his protection of her.
  • Lets face it: the entire ending is heartbreaking. Kong's dead, and since he's the Last of His Kind, his whole species is now extinct. Several civilians and many of the soldiers who tried to bring him down and protect the city were killed. Carl Denham's career is ruined for sure, is likely a pariah for his actions, and he'll never be able to donate the proceeds of his film to the families of the Venture's deceased crew members, if he ever was going to do in the first place. Of the Venture's crew that survived, most of their friends ( and in Jimmy's case, his father figure) are dead. And according to A Natural History Of Skull Island Skull Island itself sank into the sea in an earthquake, so every exotic species and the natives on the island wound up extinct. One of the only really bright spots to come out of the whole deal is Ann and Jack's relationship, and there's a feeling that it won't last. Granted, a lot of the same points could also apply to the original, but the fact that the story of the '05 version is more "developed" just makes it even sadder. The bittersweet part to this is that at least New York is saved from destruction.
  • Carl's "My God, What Have I Done?" after Kong broke free and is now loose in New York.
  • Carl finding the camera destroyed. He went though all this insanity just get his movie. And now he can't even have it, especially since that was the only thing he could have used to try to make up for all the deaths he caused in the pursuit of it, including of some of his close friends.
  • The fact that Skull Island sinks into the sea thirteen years after its discovery; even if Kong had survived, he would have drowned as the island sank eventually anyway.


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