Just like "Metropolis", it's the way ahead of its time. Because of that, outdated portrayal of its characters is overshadowed by groundbreaking effects that still hold surprisingly well by today's standards. And even without marvelous shots of dinosaurs and jungle, there are some magnificent camera angles of 1930s New York - which could easily be framed for some retro exhibition.
The film may have inspired countless sequels, but despite the obvious technical improvement as decades passed, none managed to recapture the dark poetic wonder that was the 1933 original (and yes, we would do with a little less from that scream queen Fay Wray...). Great score by Max Steiner.
There will never be a Kong better than this. It is full of legendary action pieces. Monster vs. monster fights, the gorilla with the girl in his hand while getting hunted in New York. It was really the first true blockbuster effects movie and Fay Wray will be the most gorgeous scream queen in the Golden age of Hollywood.
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...