Friday, March 31, 2017

King Kong (1933)

Director: Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

Starring: 1:40

Run time: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot

Rant: This movie oozes classic. If I were a teenager in 1933 this would be my favorite movie of all time. I would have seen it 100 times in the theater. You can take Gone With the Wind and City Lights and all that other shit and flush it down the fucking toilet. I don't think any movie of the 1930s can compete with King Kong.

It's the infamous story of filmmaker Carl Denham and his crew going to the mysterious Skull Island to make a film. The lead actress Ann Darrow is kidnapped by the natives and offered to Kong. Denham along with Jack Driscoll rescue her from the giant ape and instead of leaving well enough alone they decide to gas Kong and take him back to civilization. In New York, Kong is kept in chains as a theater attraction but he eventually breaks them, kidnaps Ann and very famously climbs the Empire State Building where he is shot down and killed.

The effects are done by Willis O'Brien and for the time they were revolutionary. I love stop-motion animation. From Ray Harryhausen (O'Brien's protege) to David Allen they have made some of my favorite movies. This is the grandfather of them all and still some of the best. I could watch a stop-motion Kong wrazzle silly dinosaurs all fucking day.

There's not much more I can say. If for whatever reason you haven't seen this movie, go and buy it. It goes without saying that King Kong is a groundbreaking awful monster movie.

Fun Fact: Kong's roar is the combination of a lion and a tiger played backwards and slowed down.

Monster Appearances
King Kong

             Film: 8.5
             Entertainment: 8
             Effects: 8.5
             Overall: 8.3