King Kong Reviews
King Kong makes his first appearance; the effects look very dated but they still remain very revolutionary to this day, the use of the stop motion brings this giant behemoth to life
the film has a fast pace, plenty of creatures to go around, and Kong rules in every scene
the human characters on the other hand are a bit underdeveloped, plus the natives are reduced to racist stereotypes and Kong is pretty much a violent brute
but the film rarely slows down which is good because the filmmakers zip by as much as possible, and they have Kong connect with Ann Darrow in a few minor instances
still a gem of early moviemaking
The 1933 King Kong film is dated, and I understand that. But I don't think there's any question how important this film was to cinema. It's groundbreaking use of stop-motion was unmatched at the time and left a huge mark in that style's legacy. I genuinely wasn't sure how they pulled off some of the stunts and animations. Sure, it's not always crisp, but there's nothing quite like it.
Because I've seen other iterations of the famed giant ape, I know where the story ultimately goes. But I never found that to be distracting. How did the original treat Ann Darrow? Or Carl Denham? Did they make Kong out to be more of an anti-hero or straight menacing? These were questions I found myself wondering, and surprisingly enough, not everything is the same in Peter Jackson's 2005 remake. Perhaps a product of the time, but Darrow is treated much more like a damsel in distress than a real human being. I think she did more screaming and crying than she actually spoke words. Maybe monster movies aren't always the destination for well-told character dramas, but there didn't seem to be much of an effort to develop the humans at all.
It is those humans, however, that should take all of the heat for the events of the film. Just like in most monster movies, it's the humans who go looking for trouble and seem frustratingly stunned when they eventually do find it. I can only hope that Skull Island treats that situation with more care than most monster pictures do. The 1933 King Kong film isn't just another monster picture though. Just because I saw this nearly 85 years later doesn't mean I can't appreciate all that this film did for the genre. Great pacing, groundbreaking special effects, and a ton of action make for an entertaining experience. An experience unlike anything else I have seen before.
+Holds a legacy unlike any other monster film
-Characters don't always act like humans.
The story and how it is told is crewed. The crew is obsessed with killing anything not human or like them. They shoot dinosaurs for no reason.
Kong agressivly and cruelly kills creatures like lizards, snakes, Dinosaurs.
What gets me is the creatures don't look consistent in three ought the film. Kongs face consistently changes.
The fights even get pretty bloody and graphic.
King Kong was all about raising and making money showing as a specticol.
The humans are so dumb in this film.
Kong almost acts like a pervert with the girl.
They made Kong a slave captive.
The city looks so fake when Kong is incorporated into the scenes. .
"It was Beauty that killed the Beast." which is so dumb because it is such a lie. The humans were the problem causing extension of animals that should not have been messed with their habitat. Not only that but the one responsible for causing so much trouble and seeking out Kong. He is not willing to take credit that he was responsible for causing all the death and trouble.
The human story is so dumb. The only smart one in the film was Asian guy on the boat.
This film was pumped out quickly and it shows from the stop motion.
I felt like this film was so dumb. It did not use critical thinking or thought provoking ideas before pursuing action. They just went strait to action. They just went into kill, kill, kill. There was no real character development or investment.