Dec
21
2005

Most realistic Kong yet?

To prepare for the recent remake of King Kong, director Peter Jackson and actor Andy Serkis spent weeks studying gorillas in the wild and in zoos. And their efforts paid off--gorilla experts say the behavior displayed by Kong, especially in the movie's quiet scenes, are very accurate.


Kong comparison: A comparison between the fictional King Kong and a real gorilla.

According to Steve Ross of Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo:

"Physically, he's almost perfect. Behaviorally, I think they're pretty close," Ross said. "It was like a gorilla that was overacting. You don't see that range of emotion very often from a gorilla."

However, to make the movie more exciting, the film shows Kong as far more aggressive than a real gorilla would be. Some animal experts fear that this simply reinforces common misconceptions about gorillas.

And, oh yeah, no gorilla is anywhere close to 25 feet tall. Its bones would collapse under that much weight.

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Al's picture
Al says:

thats a good movie. king kong appears very realistic.

posted on Fri, 12/23/2005 - 2:52pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Well that is not a comment. Who cares that King Kong appears very realistic! Well who cares if it's fiction i like it

posted on Mon, 12/26/2005 - 2:32pm
Loser's picture
Loser says:

Just because you hate the movie King Kong, doesn't mean you have to put it down with insults!

posted on Mon, 12/26/2005 - 4:04pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Some people like the movie; some people don't. It's a matter of opinion. But this site is more about science and fact than about movie reviews and opinions. ;-) The point is that the movie makers went to great lengths to make Kong as scientifically accurate as they could -- though they still fudged a few things, like making him more emotional than a real gorilla would be. Oh yeah, and that 25-foot-tall thing.

posted on Thu, 12/29/2005 - 8:17am
Amanda's picture
Amanda says:

i liked the movie king kong i think its really cool how they can react like humans gorillas are so awesome!! i think its very interseting.

posted on Tue, 12/27/2005 - 4:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think it's cool how a real gorilla and king kong compare\r\n

posted on Wed, 12/28/2005 - 1:09pm
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Cassie says:

They may have gotten gorilla behaviors correct (I wouldn't know very much about that, I have no desire to be an anthropologist), but they really could have put more time and effort into the dinosaurs. The inaccuracies with ALL of the dinosaurs is what really turned me off to this movie right away. Sure, they looked all special effects-y, but their appearaces (according to the newest data) and their actions (T-Rex actively hunting? With that bulk? With those little arms? With his inability to reach high speeds for chasing? I think not) were SOOOO far off, I couldn't wait to get out of the movie. Sure, the SFX were good (when you couldn't tell it was obviously CG, like when they were on the and the "ocean" passes behind their heads - I guess they still haven't gotten that effect down), the acting was........ ok I suppose, script was... alright, so it was all ok, but definitely not all it was hyped up to be AND definitely not something I'd expect to see after LotR. So... they got one point right with the gorillas but everything WRONG with the dinosaurs.

posted on Thu, 12/29/2005 - 1:29pm
bib's picture
bib says:

you peoole are a bunch of whiners oh you cant see a movie because they got the t rex wrong news flash they are exactly common today you cant go to an island and observe them, quit whining sit down and watch the movie because everything we have on dinasors is a theoory and then you come along and critize everyhting exept for what you think is right is the begining of a downerd spiral of critism

posted on Thu, 12/29/2005 - 3:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Important to note that islands create all kinds of interesting evolutionary traits. Dwarfism and "pygmy" animals seem to be much more prevalent than a large animal that could potentially eat itself out of a food source.

Did anyone else notice that in the movie- Kong's physical size changed from scene to scene?

posted on Sat, 12/31/2005 - 1:27pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that king kong was a really long but entertaining movie...The gorilla freaked me out a couple of times.....my favorite part was when king kong ripped the dinosaurs jaw bone and then checked to see if it was really broken by moving it up and down!!! HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!!

posted on Sun, 01/08/2006 - 3:27pm
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samantha says:

i found the movie so ****** stupid...like a big gorilla runing around...couldnt they think of anything betta...i seriously think ppl in hollywood are running out of ideas...or els they wouldnt be makin such stupid movies...

posted on Wed, 01/18/2006 - 5:20pm

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