Then something went wrong for Fay Wray and King Kong
They got caught in a celluloid jam…
I had already seen King Kong but it had been a really long time. I’ve also seen the 1976 and 2005 remakes. The 1976 one made me feel uncomfortable and the 2005 feature, although nicely filmed, was entirely too long for a simple beauty and the beast story.
Because really that is all there is to King Kong. A beast taken from it’s home, put on display and goes understandably a little nuts and on a rampage but mainly just trying to escape. Somehow the only person who is not the victim is the lovely delicate flower that is Ann Darrow (Fay Wray). Okay there is a little more to the story like why they go to Skull Island in the first place, the other dangers they face there and such. But really no one really remembers that.
The technicals for this movie is great for 1933 although Kong’s size changes from scene to scene. The set for Skull Island is very cool as is the stop animation, including the famous Empire State Building scene. However, I must confess, I’ve never really liked King Kong. I don’t know why. It’s okay but it annoys me more than anything. Maybe I just feel too sorry for the big guy to enjoy it. But if you are going to watch a version of this film I would still recommend the original over the remakes.