|Fig. 1 King Kong(1933)|
However, the original 'King Kong' is still a successful monster movie despite its dated effects. The layering of scenes and use of stop-motion make the creatures featured have a somewhat jerkiness to their movement, making them more monster-like and surreal. Kong in the 1933 version does not appear to be capable of communicating or reasoning with humans which makes him a much more frightening character. He seems to only care about what he wants, which is Ann Darrow (Fay Wray). He is willing to take on any beast that threatens to take Ann from him, but it is unclear if cares for her wellbeing or just protects her because she is his 'toy'. Considering sexism and racism during the time period the film was made, it is most likely the latter of the two.
It is obvious that this film wanted to show off its many special effects as often as possible. 'King Kong' starts off rather slow in comparison to the rest of the film, "...but from the moment Kong appears on the screen the movie essentially never stops for breath," (Ebert, 2002). This can become tedious considering some fight scenes did not make sense. For example, various dinosaurs attack Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong), Jack Driscoll (Bruce Cabot) and the other sailors as they pursue Kong into the jungle to save Ann. However, the types of dinosaurs that attacked them were herbivores (or at least looked like herbivores) so it didn't make much sense why they would attack the crew. After seeing Kong get attacked several times since capturing Ann, it's easy to wonder how the ape or any creature could survive on that island for long with so many threats. However, it is also enchanting and leaves you wondering 'what is going to happen to them next'.
Despite occasional flaws and awkwardness, this film deserves both admiration and respect. Without the original 'King Kong' we wouldn't have the special effects, monster movies and Blockbusters that we have today.
Bigelow, J (1933) Review: 'King Kong' At: http://variety.com/1933/film/reviews/king-kong-2-1200410783/ Accessed on: 6/10/2015
Ebert, R. (2002) King Kong At: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-king-kong-1933 Accessed on: 6/10/2015
Haflidason, A. (2001) King Kong (1933) At: http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2001/01/30/king_kong_1933_review.shtml Accessed on: 6/10/2015
Figure 1. King Kong (1933) [Poster] At: http://www.thinkcreatedream.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/king_kong_poster.jpg Accessed on: 6/10/2015
Figure 2. [Screenshot] At: https://fogsmoviereviews.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/shot0032.png Accessed on: 6/10/2015
Figure 3. [Screenshot] At: http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/villains/images/5/57/Apa.png/revision/latest?cb=20140711175200 Accessed on: 6/10/2015