Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

King Kong (1933)

Directed by Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack

Starring Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher


The mix of live action, stop-motion animation, and puppetry is far from perfect, but the action is pretty good, especially considering when it was made. Kong displays some pretty cool moves in some pretty gory fights. But why would plant-eating dinosaurs attack people?

Predictably stale performances from the men. They were so unathletic and gawky back then. Wray is pretty good, extremely lucky to get a role like this. The scene where Kong rips her clothes off really gives an otherwise straght-edged performance some edge. I like the way people talked back then…

Some plot holes:

– Where do these beasts come from? How long do they live? How do they reproduce?

– If the wall was constructed to keep the village safe from King Kong, why was the gate built big enough for him to walk through? (from IMDb)

– How’d they get him back to New York?

– If Kong was able to climb to the top of the Empire State Building, what prevented him from climbing over the wall on his native island? (from IMDb)

Like many films of this period, the ending is a bit abrupt. What has been accomplished? Who is the hero?

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