I think if the racial implications were brought forward and the framing tweaked a bit, they could actually amount to something that makes this movie thematically timeless. The racial and sexual subtext actually are part of what still makes this interesting to watch. But the intentional hook, the groundbreaking effects/incorporation are what maintain this movie's place in cinematic history.
'Twas great. The facial expressions they managed to give the monster are something else....they manage to humanize this giant ape, and that's what separates this from the rest of the monster movies of the time. This was maverick adventure filmmaking. Groundbreaking in so many ways, the most being in my opinion is that underrated magnificent score. This is the beginning of modern blockbuster moviemaking folks
Almost interesting. It skirts at saying something about movie-making and the imbuing of narratives, about racial iconography (though the casual racism and formal sexism throughout balk this reading). Ultimately though it is too svelte, as after the first fifteen minutes it becomes a silent movie. All loud action and bombast, no more character or dialogue. Setting the scene for cinema's future.
Man made Hollywood stereotype is no match for God made image. King Kong would predict the future of special effects-based cinema in more ways than one, actors and stars lost in this new world of possibles. The effects do not detract from the meaning, the effects are the meaning.
Watching a film under the stars, from eight years ago with a little girl aged five or six on the first row, makes any Kong soften. The idea of the film is very good, and the thought that cinema brings reality to New York and by doing that brings also so much horror...It is a film very literal about cinema and the effects for the time must have been awesome. A forward travelling scene with a dolly stuck to my mind...
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!!!
Definitely deserving of its classic status. Special effects are well ahead of its time, there's everything you need from a jungle adventure, and some of the action sequences are riveting even today. Then again, the pacing is not the greatest and I'm generally not interested in monster flicks with gigantic animals. Entertaining but occasionally drawn out.