King Kong - The Eighth Wonder Of The World details
|Starring:||Bruce Cabot, James Flavin, Sam Hardy, Fay Wray, Victor Wong, Robert Armstrong, Frank Reicher, Noble Johnson|
|Directors:||Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merion C. Cooper, Merion|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Horror, Romance|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK|
|Collections:||American Film Institute's top 100|
King Kong - The Eighth Wonder Of The World
|Run time:||1 hour 40 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Jan 2001|
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The eighth wonder of the worldBy movieman2 from Selkirkshire , 31 Aug 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This cinematic classic is my all time personal favourite with ground breaking special effects for the time and new processes to bring Kong to life.
It was one of the first films to have a fully integrated soundtrack where music is fundamental to the action. The sound effects are also very advanced for the time with a great many sounds being mixed in.
This film gets a very deserving 4 stars in Halliwells guide. Was way ahead of its time in 1932 when it was made.
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Cinematic Histiory GoldBy Scottie86 (21 reviews) from Essex , 04 Oct 2013cinematic history gold! I wanted to see this as its a classic yet when arrived put off watching it, when I watched it I was so pleased I did, easy watching and a brilliant movie. Cant believe its 80's years old!! half of moden films are much worse, def worth watching to see the basis of all good monster flicks.
Still great after all these yearsBy Bassman71 (696 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 03 May 2011Film maker, looking for leading lady, finds her stealing apples, go to mysterious island for film shoot, strange natives, natives want leading lady for sacrifice, KONG!!!
Classic stop-motion fest which stands up better than some of the awful CGI crap produced today.
Some of the acting is a little wooden & the script slightly misogynistic but Fay Wray shines in the lead as the desperate Ann Darrow.
The film, once it gets going, is basically a series of set pieces involving either Kong or random encounters with prehistoric beasties but the last 30 minutes or so in New York is brilliiant. Quite surprised too how vicious Kong is on his rampage & the famous scene at the end is still fantastic.
He WAS a KING in 1933By SASORI701 from BAGILLT , 26 Dec 2010Anyone over the age of 12 who watches this movie & says it's rubbish is missing the point.I first watched it in the late 60's on TV.(then it was 30+ years old & I was about 8..It was great!).The original Star Wars trilogy is also 30+ yrs old,so if you're comparing special effects (SFX),and judging the movie on that alone,obviously things have changed.But for anyone who watched King Kong in the cinema when it was first released,or Star Wars in the 70's etc,it's all about entertainment.It's not about deep,profound,meaning etc,it's about fantasy & escapism,(in which case acting & storyline usually take a back seat anyway) brought to the cinema with the best SFX available at the time.Any similar movie made today that relies more on SFX,usually dosen't have much going for it,Starship Troopers,Independance Day,etc.King Kong 1933 was the first of it's kind & set the SFX standard for future films to improve on.(It could also be argued that this movie is 100 times better than the best forgotten 1978 De Laurentis movie of the same name).I did go to see the recent Peter Jackson remake,sadly I wasn't impressed,but then again I'm not 8 anymore.
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'BLONDES ARE A LITTLE SCARCE AROUND HERE'By a customer from TUNBRIDGE WELLS, ENGLAND , 30 Nov 2010A brilliant and easily the best of all monster pictures ever made because, at heart, it is a great romantic love story. The beauty and the beast myth is cleverly re-imagined and presented larger-than-life in the modern world; the emotional impact of the movie stemming from the fact that it is a tragedy of unrequited and unrequitable love. Where the story differs from the original is in the way it, in common with a great many Hollywood films - up to and including the present day (2010) - presents a story of intercultural love in the guise of interspecies attraction.
The blonde White woman is presented as the epitome of human beauty and White virtue who needs protecting from being affectively raped by a large gorilla; representing White supremacist ideas of Black sexuality. Whites are shown as needing to protect themselves from the alleged taint that any such sexual unions imply by first attempting to tame the beast and, when this fails, to destroy him. Presenting an analogous Black as a potential rapist of White women (as literally shown in Birth of a Nation) is clearly readable as an analogy to White attitudes toward miscegenation - especially in the United States of the time when in some states it was a criminal offense and/or extra-judicially punishable by lynching. Yet, despite this, the lure of forbidden sexual-relations captivates the White mind; hence, the immense popularity among Whites of this amazing picture; representing, as it does, Whites' simultaneous fear of and desire for Blacks.
And yet the feared 'Beast' - so-called - is humanized, as few movie monsters are (& as few Blacks still are in Hollywood where the ban on miscegenation still holds sway), so that he becomes a character in his own right and not a mere ragbag of clever special effects (as in Jurassic Park or Alien). We empathize with his love for the White woman. and his (thwarted) sexuality - although violent - is somehow endearing, chivalrous, the stuff of great tragedy and understandable in human terms. The SFX still look good today in an age of CGI.
An unusual Hollywood attempt at showing Blacks as human rather than as the ravening beasts of the White supremacist imagination - in this it resembles Shakespeare's play Othello. To have presented such a story in literal terms would have meant box-office failure with a White audience as well as censorship problems with White censors. Here the beast is the romantic hero whose violence is subdued by love and whose grand passion becomes as big as he is himself.
The entire cast is excellent particularly Fay WRAY as the 'scarce blonde': The perfect cinema ingenue. Bruce Cabot is fine as the square-jawed, Flash Gordon-type out to protect his mate from any simian interest, whose love for WRAY is compared and contrasted dramatically with that of Kong. His character also has the same problem as Kong; coming to terms with his true feelings for WRAY despite his deep-seated misogyny. While Robert Armstrong is perfect as the alter ego of the director (Merian Cooper): The daredevil film director out to obtain film footage that 'no white man has ever seen before'.
Kong of the jungleBy geeward88 (15 reviews) from Manchester , 09 Nov 2010What an exceptionally good film. Fun, exciting and dramatic. Even with the thirties special effects you feel sorry for the big fella. If you like any of the movies with dinosaurs in in the present you'll love this film. The only reason I didn't give it a five star rating is because I knew everything that was coming and that's no fault but my own. Well, I suppose some of the acting could have been a little more convincing.