King Kong (2005)

Though its simiiforme protagonist could’ve benefited from a more fantasized design, Kong ’05 epitomizes what a reboot should be – one that modernizes a classic with groundbreaking magic of 21st-century VFX while maintaining its heart/authenticity and exploring alternative routes like dialing up the nature/adventure. 8.7/10.

Plot Synopsis: Peter Jackson’s expansive remake of the 1933 classic follows director Carl Denham (Jack Black) and his crew on a journey from New York City to the ominous Skull Island to film a new movie. Accompanying him are playwright Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody) and actress Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), who is whisked away by the monstrous ape, Kong, after they reach the island. The crew encounters dinosaurs and other creatures as they race to rescue Ann, while the actress forms a bond with her simian captor.

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