The review this week is about the huge 1933 black and white blockbuster King Kong staring Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong and Bruce Cabot. The epic special effects movie directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack is about a film crew who sail to a tropical island (Skull Island) for an exotic film shoot only to discover a giant gorilla who becomes smitten with the beautiful leading lady. Seeing a substantial profit to be made, the gigantic beast is captured and taken to New York City to be hankered in chains and exhibited as a show piece to the public.
The twist of this monster movie is that Kong is actually a gentle giant who would rather protect than destroy.
"King Kong" is more than a technical achievement. It is also a curiously touching fable in which the beast is seen, not as a monster of destruction, but as a creature that in its own way wants to do the right thing. Unlike the extraterrestrial spiders in the "Alien" pictures, which embody single-minded aggression, Kong cares for his captive human female, protects her, attacks only when provoked, and would be perfectly happy to be left alone on his Pacific Island. It is the greed of a Hollywood showman that unleashes Kong's rage, and anyone who thinks to exhibit the beast on a New York stage in front of a live audience deserves what he gets--indeed, more than he gets.(Roger Ebert review February 3rd 2002)
For a relatively low budgeted production by today’s standards, King Kong is, and always will remain a timeless classic with two remakes in 1976 staring Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange and director Peter Jackson’s remake in 2005 with Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody staring.
King Kong has become one of the world's most famous iconic figures in movie history, inspiring remakes, spin-offs, books, cartoons, comics, video games, theme park rides, and even a stage musical. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHLnJEUxLqk (King Kong the musical in Melbourne)
What may surprise you about the film is the richness of Kong's character, which is due to the attention put into the special effects. Even more remarkable is the fact that most modern CGI-dominated monster flicks are unable to capture such characterisation. Technology has moved on but blandness seems to have crept in too.Treat yourself to "King Kong" and you'll see how a monster blockbuster should be made. Reviewed by Almar Haflidason Updated 30 January 2001.