A waking nightmare: that's why it's still great. If you want a real shock, pull out the color and watch Peter Jackson's version in black and white. You won't survive it. It becomes much denser. Even Kong and Ann's scene watching the sunset is more believable. There's just something about a forty foot ape with lavender highlights in his fur that doesn't convince, much less a lavender highlighted T-Rex or whatever those were.
Now, who would've ever thought that this 1933 "Monster-On-A-Rampage" movie would still endure and remain satisfyingly entertaining after all these many, many years?
Even if you've been totally jaded by contemporary Fantasy/Monster movies, King Kong still manages to hold up surprisingly well, regardless of the rigid, CGI-saturated standards that prevail today.
On all counts King Kong does not disappoint. And when it comes to brutal violence, this film certainly doesn't fail to deliver on a larger-than-life scale. Boy, I'm telllin' ya, Kong's totally pissed-off rampage through NYC was, without question, movie-style carnage at one of its finest and most frenzied hours.
Yes. This movie certainly had its fair share of flaws & kitsch. But if you can keep in mind its specific time-line, then you can't help but enjoy its fantastic story from start to finish. (*Watch video*)
Definitely dated. Did not enjoy.
The original & still the best. Yes its old tech but every bit as entertaining as Peter Jackson over-blown effort . A must see for all true sci-fi / fantasy fans.
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet King Kong - The 8th Wonder of the World! (And, like, don't he know it!)
Even though 1933's King Kong (filmed in b&w) is now eighty years old and its visual effects and stop-motion animation may be a bit too creaky and dated for the jaded viewer of today, this classic Fantasy/Adventure film is, by far, still about ten times more thrilling and entertaining than its two remakes put together.
In this unforgettable "Beauty and the Beast" story, Kong, of course, gets plenty of opportunity to pulverize any man, woman, or prehistoric beast who might happen to get in his way, causing him to be separated, for even a minute, from his new-found love, Ann Darrow.
As far as being entertainment from the early 1930s, King Kong was, surprisingly enough, actually very graphic in the overall presentation of its violence and destruction. There were a number of scenes, shot in close-up, where Kong purposely stepped down on one, or two, of Skull Island's natives and, with them screaming out in pain, literally, ground them into the mud with his gigantic foot.
Needless to say, King Kong's final sequence filmed on top of NYC's Empire State Building, with the Chrysler Building seen not far off in the background, is an image that has managed to firmly cement itself into that fantastic, awe-inspiring realm that we all call "cinema folklore".
Must See - King Kong (1933) 104 min. Willis O’Brien’s masterpiece will live forever. The film is chocked full of science fiction/fantasy images that I’m sure was the inspirational basis for artists of that genre for future generations. Anyone who hasn’t seen this technical marvel should take the time and watch this one. Fay Wray is sensational as the victim/love interest of the brutish giant gorilla. Note the scene on the boat where Carl Denham (played by Robert Armstrong) rehearses a scene with Ann Darrow: he asks her to imagine seeing a great beast in front of her and to act terrified “Throw your arms across your eyes and scream, Ann. Scream for your life!” And she does – great acting. But the real star is Kong himself. I found myself pausing the film a number of times just to admire the eerie scenery of Skull Island. Iconic scenes include the T-Rex/Kong battle; Kong crashing through the native great wall; and of course Kong on the Empire State Building. The dialogue in the film is not to be downplayed either. Here’s a sample of a great dialogue – a poke at New York from a woman seated to watch the spectacle in a theatre and a man rudely bumps her as he takes his seat: she asks “Hey, what's this show about, anyway?” Friend “I don't know - they say it's some big gorilla.” She responds after a man rudely bumps her as he’s taking his seat “Oh, geez - ain't we got enough of them in New York?” Very funny! Some may find the stop action animation inferior to today’s CGI but we have to pause and remember that this was 1933 with no computers and only imagination and hard work to create the fantastic. By the way, all scenes cut from the original showing were all restored on this DVD except for the spider pit scene, which has never been found. Peter Jackson remade this film in 2005.
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