“King Kong“ (1933)
Director: Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack
Writer: Merian C. Cooper, James Ashmore Creelman, Ruth Rose, Edgar Wallace, Leon Gordon
Starring: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, Sam Hardy, Victor Wong
Rated: Passed (G or PG I guess)
Runtime: 1h 40m
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: United States
Available on: Various VOD platforms
"A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition."
You might like this if you like: 'King Kong', Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Horror, miniatures, stop motion, animation, special effects, Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher, Sam Hardy, Victor Wong
Fay Wray in "King Kong" (1933)
This wasn’t the first film that introduced ‘Kong’ to me sadly, but that doesn’t change how much I love and respect this film.
I became a fan of ‘Kong’ through Peter Jackson’s 2005 “King Kong” (the extended edition is EPIC), and just worked backwards from there after my discovery.
It was kind of cool to me how similar the two films are and how Peter Jackson really just made a wonderful remake that took those ideas further especially with 2005's technology.
"King Kong" (1933)
Classic music by Max Steiner of which I just didn’t realize I fell in love with it when James Newton Howard redid some of the iconic pieces 70 years later in the remake.
To 1933‘s credit, it’s an absolutely outstanding technological achievement with stop motion effects, miniatures and more! I’m still able to get lost in its imagination and feel just as much wonder and imagination as those characters are going through. Everything I loved about Peter Jackson’s version had all started right here. My favorite lines, to my favorite ideas.
Robert Armstrong in "King Kong" (1933)
Robert Armstrong and Fay Wray were by far my favorites! Even into ‘Son of Kong’, Robert Armstrong remained an attraction. I think it was that character too. Wanting to go out and film something. I can’t help but relate.
"King Kong" (1933)
I think the biggest contrast I found in the 2005 remake with the 1933 original was sadly the racism and sexism of the 1930s. I do think the 2005 version did a great job of making up and changing what it needed, at least to 2005’s standard. We can always do better.
Written by Sam Gall on Sept 27, 2021
CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0
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