Great Cinema. Everything here is better than perfect, from all the thousands of small details, to the big things: Magnificent cinematography that makes me want to freeze-frame every few minutes or seconds, the direction, acting, script, and the story, so uniquely self referential, like facing two mirrors together. At the beginning Carl Denham tells us the plot of the film he is making, and it is the film we
The sexual politics and awkward theatrical style have, shall we say, dated. But viewing King Kong today from a totally impartial and adult perspective, I like it more than ever: it's a model of dramatic pacing, you can still feel the thrill of FX as an act of discovery, and on the edges is a provocative look at the ruthless showmanship that allowed movies to put their stamp over reality. "Seeing is believing" indeed.
The Mother of all Monster Movies bar none!!! Willis O' Brien ... Max Steiner ... Fay Wray ... these are three of my favorite things!!! I still remember seeing this movie as a 2-year-old on Channel 9's "Million-Dollar Movie" around the Holidays in the late '70's. Dinosaurs, monster-gorillas, and scantily-clad blondes became the chief "milk-and-cookie break" topics for like the next 7 years after!!!
Still a classic no matter how dated some elements remain today. The creature is the main reason it had held up on multiple viewings and seeing my daughter cover her eyes seeing the revealing of Kong for the first time will be a moment to remember.