King Kong

Title: King Kong
Year: 1933
Directors: Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack
Writers: James Ashmore Creelman & Ruth Rose; story by Merian C. Cooper & Edgar Wallace
Starring: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot, Frank Reicher
Music: Max Steiner
Distinctions: currently #204 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: uh, yeah… giant monkey
Length: 100 minutes
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), November 2008
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great).
Objective Rating: 6/10 (points off for characters, cinematography, special effects/design and acting) c. 2.9/4 (Good).

Off-the-wall fantasy adventure-serial-type iconic kitsch fun. The music is a major film score milestone. If you compare the special effects to something like Jurassic Park or a 60’s Japanese monster movie, it looks pretty good – which is a nice way of saying it looks like cartoons and puppets.


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