Audience-Coloring Adaptation: Until the new Kong in Kong: Skull Island twelve years later, almost every fan-depiction of Kong copied nearly exclusively from this film as a scarred quadruped. Crossing over with Newer Than They Think, this is actually the only time Kong has been a quadruped that just resembles a scaled-up gorilla, and the first time he's ever been depicted with prominent scars. All prior (and later) versions are primarily, if not exclusively bipeds that were more like gorilla-like ape-men than straight-up gorillas.
"Eighth Wonder of the World", also used "Jungle Dance" from the original as the background music.
Practically the entire official soundtrack is great, but it omitted a few songs deserving of mention. The sacrifice music played on fictional Skull Islander percussion instruments is particularly good, if more than a bit frightening considering what it signifies in the movie, slowly building in intensity as Ann is lifted across the ravine to be claimed by Kong.
"It's Deserted" brings on a lot of different feelings over the course of seven minutes: first, the mysterious leitmotif of Skull Island which is tracked to Denham and company rowing to the island; then the somber music that follows Englehorn's rescue of the now-smaller film crew from the islanders; a loud, tense portion as the crew of the Venture do everything within their power to get the hell away from the island as Carl, Jack, and Anne all recover from their encounter with the islanders; a frightening string and horn section as it becomes apparent that the islanders have come to kidnap Anne; and a heroic piece as the Venture is finally dislodged from the rock—which is reused later when Englehorn rescues the characters from the ravine—and becomes more frightening as Anne is dragged off by the islanders and Jack tells them that they have to go back and rescue her.
Base-Breaking Character: Jack Black's take on Carl Denham was rather divisive. Some like how Denham is shown as a more eccentric figure very much like a real life Prima Donna Director. Others, especially long-time Kong fans, felt that Black's version of Denham was unrealistic and more obviously untrustworthy, meaning that characters would subsequently appear more idiotic to listen to him.
Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Near the end of the film, Kong and Ann are being chased through the streets of New York by the NYPD and U.S. Army, only to stop in Central Park—for about 5 minutes of ice skating on a frozen lake. During this time, neither the Army or the police are anywhere to be seen, until the Army starts shelling the area. It is both bizarre and ruins the pace of the climax.
Designated Hero: Jack. Most of the crew's deaths can be traced back to his obsession with saving Ann, and all the while, he constantly gets upstaged by both the titular ape and the snooty actor he didn't like. His decision to draw Kong away from Times Square probably causes more death and destruction than if he had just let him be. Averted in the game, where his more questionable actions are absent.
Ending Fatigue: One of the major problems many have cited of the film was that many scenes went on for far too long, and its running time of over three hours wasn't really warranted.
Although they probably arent as popular as the two characters above, Action Survivor Preston, Camereman Herb (for his professionalism and kind, loyal nature) and Lumpy (for being one of the more colorful members of the resuce party) all have their fans.
Genius Bonus: If you're familiar with Morse code, you might recognize a hidden joke: Denham's crew receives a Morse code message, which if interpreted right, actually reads "SHOW ME THE MONKEY."
Harsher in Hindsight: A giant gorilla getting shot to death while grabbing a woman feels more tragic following the incident involving "Harambe" at the Cincinnati Zoo, where the eponymous ape was shot to death when he grabbed a child that fell into his enclosure.
Hype Backlash: The film gained a lot of positive praise from professional film critics and Kong fans alike for being a respectful remake to the original and expanding on elements not previously touched upon. Its also got a noticeable Vocal Minority of viewers who see it as an overrated movie, taking potshots at it for being too long, questionable acting choices (most notable Carl Denham) and for overstaying its welcome before the climax.
Narm: For some viewers, the Brontosaur stampede is a bit too cartoonish to be taken seriously. The main characters not only survive this monstrous cataclysm, but weave between the stampede as though the sauropods' legs are only a minor inconvenience. Carl and Jack, while running for their lives, even manage to exchange knowing glances.
Special Effects Failure: While the film has amazing effects for the most part, the Brontosaurus chase sequence is quite obvious green screen, and the actors look incredibly out of place when running alongside the dinosaurs.
Lumpy the cook, played by Andy Serkis. What's worse is the method he dies. He gets devoured by Carnictis—large worms that eat him limb by limb, suffocating and digesting him in a slow and painful manner.
The 2005 film has amazing CGI/motion capture effects. It rightfully won the Oscar for Visual Effects (it also won for Sound Mixing and Sound Editing and was also nominated for Art Direction).
And it's not just the CGI. The film actually used extensive miniatures, almost as many if not more so then Jackson's previous work. They were then blended with or digitally extended with CG. The result is nothing short of breathtaking.
Getting the Thompson machine gun for the first time, and turning the tables on the Venatosauruses.
After spending so much of the game struggling to survive as Jack and fearing the next creature's attack, it becomes immensely satisfying to turn the tables on everything as Kong (and in the case of the V. rexes, throwdown with them toe-to-toe).
Continuity Nod: In the opening of the game some falling debris causes the ship to crash and a sailor named Briggs is killed. Briggs was the second mate in the original 1933 film. Hes also the only character to not appear in the movie, but only in the video game.
Demonic Spiders: The actual arthropods in this game aren't too bad (due to their weakness to spears and low health), but the Venatosaurus saevidicus are straight examples without guns; they're fast, they can jump, and they can take quite a few spears before dying.
Goddamned Bats: Terapusmordax are almost a literal example. Even the largest non-Queens go down fairly easily, but there are a lot of them throughout the game. The Venatosaurus impavidus also count; they go down pretty easily, but attack in groups.
Narm: Hayes' death in the game is not by the log scene, but instead trying to save Ann from Kong - only to get trampled by a V. Rex, in a moment that's got no actual sound to the stomp as he just limply flips forwards and ragdolls across the ground.
No Problem with Licensed Games: Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie is generally thought to be one of the better licensed games out there. It helped that it was designed by famed French video game creator Michel Ancel.
That One Boss: The V. rexes when playing as Jack. You can only kill the juveniles, and the adults are terrifyingly fast when they want to be if you don't attack them to slow them down. They're no slouches when playing as Kong either.
That One Level: The Brontosaurus level has you following the aforementioned creatures to get fire to burn the thorn bushes blocking your means of progressing through all while being chased and attacked by Venatosauruses along with very limited ammo you are given which makes this level quite hard and scary to most. You can also be squashed by the feet of the Brontosaurus.
The Problem with Licensed Games: The Nintendo DS version of the game had few, if any of the positives of the console versions, graphics that are ugly even by the standards of an earlier DS release, bad controls and broken mechanics.